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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 for drivers?

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How to quickly and effectively demist your car windscreen

Winter is coming, which means demisting your car windscreen in the mornings. Want to know how to clear your windows a little bit quicker? We have a few tips…

Back pain caused by car seats has caused more than a third of drivers to take a day off work

Uncomfortable and poor-quality car seats are costing the UK economy billions annually due to burden on the NHS and employees taking sick leave.

Smoking can decrease the value of a car by up to £2000

Getting a good price for your car when you sell is everyone's goal. However, mileage and age may not be the only things significantly affecting your car value.

Are you driving on illegal tyres?

Four million cars could be being driven on the road with illegal tyres that are bald or damaged, according to new research published this week.

How often should you replace your car battery?

Few of us pay much attention to our car battery. One of the most important parts of any modern vehicle, the battery manages a range of tasks.

Cash no longer king for parking

Just one in nine UK drivers are still choosing to pay for parking with cash, with card and contactless payments the preferred choice for UK motorists.

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.

Thieves can “steal keyless cars in ten seconds”

Some of Britain’s most popular cars can be stolen by criminals within as little as ten seconds – thanks to supposedly convenient keyless entry technology.

Explained: What does “Full Service History” mean?

If you’ve ever bought a used car, you’ve probably heard the term 'full service history' (FSH). But what does it actually mean? And is it worth paying extra for?

Motorists warned about buying used tyres

Motorists may be putting lives at risk buying used tyres, councils have warned, as an investigation found nearly half of part-worn tyres examined to be unsafe.

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.

Print your own MOT certificate

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has implemented a new system allowing drivers to print off MOT certificates at home.

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