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The Car Expert keeps you up to speed with loads of car ownership advice articles. Our tips will help you to save money and drive safely.

The Car Expert team also show you how to care for your car, what you need to know about car maintenance, car servicing, car insurance and much more.

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Rejecting a car – your consumer rights

Have you bought a new or used car that is faulty or not fit for purpose? Read The Car Expert's comprehensive guide to your consumer rights when rejecting a car.

Used car warranty – the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when something goes wrong.

What happens to the road tax when you sell your car?

When you sell your car, you need to tell the DVLA or risk being fined £1,000. We explain how it all works and how sort your road tax when selling a car.

Where’s my spare wheel?

One of the least-popular trends in modern cars design is the almost total disappearance of the traditional full-size spare tyre / spare wheel. But what does this mean to drivers?

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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?

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.

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.

Extended car warranties: a simple guide

(sponsored) If you’ve ever bought a used car, you’ve probably asked yourself if you should buy an extended warranty. Hopefully this guide will help!

Car maintenance tips for winter

While it’s a bit grim to think about winter when autumn has only just started, it’s important that you prepare your car (and yourself!) for the season.

Hidden reasons for MOT failures and how to avoid them

(sponsored) Earlier this year, major changes to the MOT test regarding the way faults and problems are classified were made.

Redex fuel additive trial: the verdict

I’ve just finished a three-month trial of Redex fuel system additives to see if I could feel any increase in my car’s performance or fuel economy (sponsored).

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 five best weekend road trips in the UK

(sponsored) To give you a taste of what the UK has to offer, Warranty Direct shares its top picks for a memorable road trip.

Redex trial progress report

I'm running a three-month trial of Redex fuel system additives to see if I can notice any improvements in my car's performance or fuel economy (sponsored).