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The Car Expert has a wide range of articles covering every aspect of buying a new or used car.

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.

Take your time, read through several articles and consider all your options before signing on the dotted line. With our award-winning advice to guide you, you’ll end up with a much better chance of getting the right deal on the right car for your needs.

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The ten golden rules for buying a car

Buying a new or used car? Follow these pearls of wisdom from The Car Expert and make sure you get the right car for the right price.

The best websites for buying a new or used car

With online car buying becoming hugely popular in the UK, which sites should you trust? We round up the top contenders.

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?

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Everything you need to know about BMW

BMW is one of the most familiar names on the roads today but how much do you really know about the upmarket German brand?

How does the UK number plate system work?

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

Plug-in hybrid cars – what’s on sale and what’s coming in 2024?

Keen to buy a plug-in hybrid in 2024? Our guide tells you what models are here in the UK already and what’s coming.

The safest new cars on sale in the UK

Is safety your top priority when looking for your next car? Here are the ten safest new cars currently on sale in the UK.

Everything you need to know about Maserati

The Italian district of Modena is not only home to Ferrari - Maserati has been there longer, and produces a range of highly exclusive cars.

Electric cars – what’s on sale and what’s coming in 2024?

What electric cars does your favourite car brand offer? Our 2024 guide reveals what's already in showrooms and what's on the way.

How our Expert Rating scores are calculated

Our award-winning Expert Rating Index has been completely overhauled for 2024. Using millions of data points, The Car Expert brings you definitive ratings on all the most popular new and used cars in the UK.

Who or what is Stellantis?

Stellantis had the highest worldwide sales of any car manufacturer in 2022. The reason? It's a massive conglomerate of established car brands.

Christmas bargains for clever car buyers 2023

Christmas time usually means great deals for car buyers. But will the best offers be on petrol or electric cars this year? Here are our tips for buying a new or used car this festive season.

Insurance and EVs: what you need to know

Are EVs more expensive to insure than petrol cars? We cut through the chatter to tell you what’s really going on – and what you can do about it.

Who or what is Aiways?

Aiways is a brand that most will have not heard of, but it’s also a maker to take note of, as it is setting its sights on UK sales.

How much range do you really need?

A big issue that is raised about EVs is a lack of driving range compared to a petrol car, but are we thinking about this in the wrong way?

Who or what is Lucid?

Another all-electric brand targeting the UK market, Lucid has big ambitions and could be seriously gunning for Tesla’s EV number one status.

The best family cars for every budget in 2023

With value for money and practicality as top priorities, we take a look at the best family cars on sale in the UK at the moment.

The 10 worst new cars on sale in 2023

From superminis to SUVs and everything in between, we use our Expert Ratings Index to discover the worst new cars on sale in the UK in 2023.

Who or what is Maxus?

After establishing itself in the commercial van sector, Maxus is trying to appeal to car buyers with its range of electric utility vehicles.

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