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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 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.

More car ownership advice

The UK’s charging infrastructure isn’t improving fast enough

Electric car drivers may be feeling smug about the current petrol dramas, but rarely does a week-long EV test go by without its own saga.

Charge for a charge: Where can I power up my EV?

Keeping your electric car topped up and ready for the road is best done at home, but if you’re out and about, what are your options?

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.

E10 petrol: What is it and can I use it in my lease car?

E5 petrol is what your car has been using for years and E10 petrol is its replacement. What's the difference and why the change? (sponsored)

The best websites for selling your car

Selling your car is quick and easy these days thanks to the internet – but which sites offer the best option? Here's our handy guide.

Seven ways to protect your new car investment

A car is a big investment, regardless of whether it's new or used. So what can you do to protect that investment and minimise your costs?

Top tips to cut your driving bills

Saving money by driving less during the pandemic? Carry on with that once you start spending more time behind the wheel again.

Is your car safe and sound – or a potential MOT failure?

Do you drive a car that’s car legal and roadworthy? Or are you regularly jumping behind the wheel of an MOT failure without even knowing it?

Where’s my spare wheel?

One of the least-popular trends in modern car design is the almost total disappearance of the traditional full-size spare tyre / spare wheel.

Ten things not to do in your car

It's important to look after your car. Here’s a list of ten top things not to do in your car, and why. Are you guilty of any of them?

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.

What’s the difference? Car warranty vs. car insurance

It’s can be unclear what the difference is between a car warranty and car insurance, but they are different forms of consumer protection.

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