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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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Our top car ownership articles

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 now costs almost £220 a month to run

Latest data estimates that motorists spend an average of £218 each month on running a petrol or diesel car, not including car finance payments.

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Petrol vs. electric: which is cheaper to service?

Using our Expert Rating Index and manufacturer price lists, we've crunched the numbers to compare servicing costs for EVs vs fossil-fuel cars. The results were clear.

Driving in Denmark – what are the rules?

Denmark is known for its persistent rain, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to see by car. Here’s what to check before you drive there.

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.

Simple checks that could avoid a motorway breakdown

Nobody wants to grind to a halt at the side of a motorway, and yet the most common causes of a breakdown are batteries, tyres and fuel.

Driving in Austria – what are the rules?

Brilliant scenery, friendly people and exciting cities – Austria is a hidden gem. Here’s what to check, for you and your car, before you drive there.

Average car running costs rise to almost £250 a month

The latest data estimates that average monthly motoring costs have risen to £246, and soaring insurance premiums are to blame.

The best websites for buying car parts

Need a part for your car? Just a few clicks on the laptop keyboard and it can be brought to your door the next day. Here’s where to look.

Preparing your car for winter

Some car checks before the clocks go back and the temperature gauge begins heading south could pay handsomely for you in the long run.

Electric cars and cold weather

The battery range of an electric car goes down when the weather is cold. Here’s why and what you can do about it.

Can I modify my car on a PCP?

The terms of your PCP agreement will stipulate what you can and can’t do with the car, and when it comes to modifications, you usually can't.

Making sense of EV public charging

Opting for an electric car can be daunting, particularly when you can't charge at home. Here's what you need to know about public charging.

Market value vs agreed value

Everyone wants the best price for their car when the worst happens so we take a look at how market value and agreed value insurance policies affect this.

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