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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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Our top car buying articles

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

As online car buying becomes more popular thanks to a year of lockdowns, 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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New car buyers going smaller, cheaper and greener

New car registrations are continuing to fall each month, but there are actually at least three positive messages to take from the numbers.

Can the Volkswagen ID. Buzz revive the MPV market?

Is the arrival of the Volkswagen I.D Buzz an opportunity to revive the people-carrier for the electric generation?

Electric car jargon explained

Are you considering switching over to an electric car? Better get your head around the lingo then… (sponsored)

Front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive explained

Many cars drive from the front, some deliver their power through the rear and yet more have 4x4 capability. But which do you need?

The best websites for checking a car before you buy

How can you be sure that used car is as good as it looks? We check out the online car checking aids that help prevent you losing your cash.

The best new family cars for every budget

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

Death of the city car?

Over the past three years, city cars have been disappearing at an increasing rate – and it's going to keep on happening.

Five of the safest new small SUVs on sale

Is safety your top priority when looking for your next car? The small SUV class has some of the safest cars around, and we have picked out five of the best.

Which country produces the best new cars?

It's an age-old argument – which country produces the best cars? Well, The Car Expert has all the data to bring you the definitive results.

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the used car market

After two years of stock shortages thanks to Covid, the Ukraine conflict is set to drive further price increases across the used car market.

Going green? Easy does it

Thinking of getting an electric car but not sure what it all entails? Here are six tips for making the switch (sponsored).

Five of the safest new small cars on sale

Safety is a core component of any new car. Using Euro NCAP data, we list the five safest new small cars on sale – and three to avoid.

Why are used car prices so high and when will they come back down?

New car shortages have forced many thousands of customers to buy used cars, which is driving up prices. What can you expect?

Buying a used car? Dial these elements into your budget

Thinking of buying a used car? Here are six things that we think you should include in your used car buying process and financial plan.

How does the British 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.

Plug-in hybrids – what’s on sale and what’s coming soon?

As more motoring brands add plug-in hybrids to their model line-ups, our comprehensive guide tells you what's available now and what's coming soon.

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