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Servicing, road tax, warranties, consumer rights advice and more. The Car Expert is your one-stop-shop for car ownership tips and advice.

Owning a car can be expensive and, at times, confusing for many people. Fortunately, The Car Expert has a wide range of articles covering every aspect of owning and running a car. With our award-winning advice to guide you, you’ll end up with a much better chance of working through your ownership issues and enjoying an easier life!

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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.

New Car Warranty – Do I have to have my car serviced by a dealership?

We clear up the confusion about whether car owners must have their cars serviced by a franchised dealership to protect their new car warranty.

Average car costs more than £160 per month to run

A new report has calculated that the average UK motorist spends £162 per month on running their car – not including the cost of the car itself.
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Coronavirus and your car: Your questions answered

Updated car ownership, car maintenence and car finance guidance related to the coronavirus pandemic, provided by The Motor Ombudsman and The Car Expert.

Coronavirus: What precautions should I take if I need to fill up with fuel?

Although travel is discouraged, you may still need to fill up your car with fuel at some point. So how do you make sure you’re as safe as possible?

Coronavirus: How to keep your car in roadworthy condition

Although cars will get a six-month exemption from MOT testing as a result of the coronavirus, they still need to be kept in a roadworthy state. Here’s how.

All cars to get six-month MOT exemption

The government has announced that all cars, motorcycles and vans will get a six-month exemption from MOT testing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Can I still hire a car?

Car rental companies have told us they are still allowing people to hire a car, although they have more stringent safety and hygiene measures in place.

Coronavirus: My car’s broken down. Can I still get roadside assistance?

We spoke to leading breakdown firms to see how roadside assistance services will be affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's what they had to say.

Coronavirus: I’m self-isolating but my car’s MOT is due. What can I do?

We spoke to the DVSA to see how upcoming vehicle MOT testing will be affected by the current coronavirus situation. Here's our advice for car owners.

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.

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