Car buying advice

Buying a car can be a very stressful and confusing time for many people. Fortunately, The Car Expert has a wide range of articles covering every aspect of buying a new or used car.

If you have any questions, you can either ask them in the comments of each article or head over to The Car Expert forum to get some independent and impartial advice.

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Our top car buying articles

The ten golden rules for buying a car

After much requesting, here are The Car Expert’s Ten Golden Rules on buying a new or used car. Follow these pearls of wisdom and you are will end up with the right car at the right price.

I bought a car and now I’ve changed my mind

Buyer’s Remorse is common in the car industry. You've bought a car, and now you've changed your mind or run into problems. What can you do?

Should I buy a pre-registered car?

Pre-registered cars are on the increase again. The salesman says it's a great deal on what is basically a 'brand new car', but what's the real story?

Spares or repairs – and other dodgy trader tricks

There are various tricks employed by dodgy traders to try and get around the laws that apply when selling cars, using phrases like "spares or repair only".

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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.

The return of Vauxhall

The trials and tribulations of Vauxhall have been well documented, but its first 12 months under new ownership has seen a stunning turnaround.

A guide to getting the best car upgrade

(sponsored) Be sure you’re getting the best deal and not left out of pocket when buying your next car. Read our guide on getting a swankier car, for less.

How does the UK number plate system work?

Many people find the British number plate system bewildering. The Car Expert explains how it all works and what all the letters and numbers really mean.

The September number plate change

Ahead of the September 68-plate change, we look at what you can expect and why the numbers on your number plate are so important to some drivers.

Key factors to consider for new drivers

(sponsored) To guide you through the complex world of car-buying, Warranty Direct has some advice on essential considerations for first-time buyers.

Latest car subscription service offerings

Car ownership is morphing into usership, and car manufacturers are introducing subscription service plans to keep new car sales flowing.

The five safest used cars for new parents

Nothing focuses your mind on car safety more than the thought of driving your newborn child home from hospital. We list the safest used cars for new parents.

Volvo V40 wins safest used car award (again)

The Volvo V40 has been awarded the title of Safest Used Car by Co-op Insurance and Thatcham Research for the third year in a row.

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