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The Car Expert provides independent, impartial expert advice on everything you need to know about buying a car, new or used.

What is a diesel particulate filter?

The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a key component of every modern diesel engine, but do you understand what it does or how to maintain it?

Christmas bargains for clever car buyers

As another year draws to a close, car dealers start looking at their sales numbers and many of them will be getting quite nervous. If you are in the market to buy a car, you are in a strong position to get a deal on your perfect new set of wheels this Christmas.

Record number of illegally clocked cars on the road

The number of UK cars with false mileages has hit 2.3 million, leading for calls to ban DIY mileage-correction 'clocking' tools.

Misleading electric vehicle range claims exposed

A new test of ‘real-world’ ranges of electric cars has shown that many don’t deliver on their claims – with some overstating their range by up to 100 miles.

The best hot hatches for under £10k

Britain loves a hot hatch, so we’ve picked out some of the best hot hatches you can find on the used market for less than £10K.

10 tips for buying a used car

(sponsored) When buying a used car, there’s a lot to consider. Follow these 10 tips to make sure you pick the right second-hand car at the right price.

What to look for in a student car

(sponsored) For many young people, owning a car is a rite of passage. But selecting the right student car can be tricky.

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Car finance advice

Whether buying or leasing, The Car Expert can give you the right advice and help get you get the best car for your budget.

What documents do I need for car finance?

When applying for finance for a new or used car, you will need to provide various information, documents and proofs of identification to the finance company so they can assess your application.

Car finance: Voluntary termination of a PCP or HP

Voluntary termination is your legal right to cancel your PCP or HP car finance agreement in certain circumstances. The Car Expert explains how it works.

Car finance: the PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) explained

The PCP (personal contract purchase) is the most popular type of car finance. This guide tells you everything you need to know about PCP car finance.

Car finance: How do I settle a PCP early?

Today we answer one of the most common questions about PCP car finance: What if I want to end my agreement and settle a PCP early?

How to avoid finance and leasing penalty charges

With most new cars funded through either PCP or contract hire, it's important that your car is in good condition when you want to hand it back.

How to understand a PCP car finance quote

Thousands of people look at a PCP car finance quote and are hopelessly confused by all the different numbers. Cut through the confusion with this guide.

Do I have to service my car with the dealer if I have a PCP?

The popularity of PCP car finance has allowed car manufacturers to be sneaky in forcing you to have your car serviced by their dealers.

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Car insurance, servicing and maintenance, car care, driving tips and much more.

Premium diesel and petrol – do they work?

Do premium diesel and premium unleaded petrol give you extra performance and economy, and are they worth it? The Car Expert investigates.

Essential off-road driving accessories

Many 4x4 owners wouldn’t dream of going off-road for fear of breaking down or getting stuck. But as long as you're properly equipped, you should be fine.

Five-star safety ratings for seven new models

Seven new cars have been awarded five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP, in a very positive end to the year for car manufacturers.

Fiat Panda branded a ‘zero-star car’ for safety

The Fiat Panda has become only the second car to ever be awarded zero stars for safety by Euro NCAP – and the other car is the Fiat Punto, tested last year.

Average of 179 motorists caught drunk-driving every day in December 2017

Police caught an average of 179 drunk-drivers per day across the UK in December 2017, new research has found.

Daytime running lights causing confusion for drivers

Drivers across the UK could be causing confusion for other motorists by relying on daytime running lights (DRLs) for illumination in low visibility conditions.

‘Cyclist-aware’ drivers should get cheaper car insurance

A government proposal suggests a course to make drivers more aware of cyclists should be rewarded with cheaper car insurance.

Stricter MOT test doubles emissions failure rate

Changes to MOT emissions testing has seen the number of cars failing more than double since being introduced earlier this year.

Car theft across UK hits six-year high

The number of cars stolen in 2017 reached its highest level in six years, according to latest official figures from the DVLA.

10 tips for driving safely in fog

(sponsored) Even for confident and experienced drivers, fog can be one of the most daunting and dangerous weather conditions to drive in.

Is black-box insurance making young drivers safer?

'Black box' insurance has helped reduce the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents, according to new research.

How to avoid car sickness

Car sickness is a common problem for many of us. We've put together this list of tips for keeping a queasy stomach under control on a road trip.