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2024

The Telegraph looks at how car buyers can save a fortune on a new EV if they have access to a salary sacrifice scheme, instead of using traditional car finance. Stuart talks to Joe Wright about how sal-sac works and who can benefit.
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Dramatic footage of a patient transport ambulance exploding in Staffordshire has been doing the media rounds. Some outlets were quick to imply that the ambulance was an EV, but Stuart points out that it was diesel-powered and that there are other examples of this particular model going up in flames.
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BBC Newsnight: EV sales slump – blip or bigger problem?

New electric car sales have got off to a rocky start in 2024. Stuart talks to Kirsty Wark on BBC Two’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight about the issues facing consumers, governments and the car industry as the transition from fossil fuels to electricity progresses.
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The 2024 car finance mis-selling scandal continues to generate discussion. Stuart talks to Paul Lewis on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme about what’s currently going on, and what people can do if they want to find out more.
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There have now been several high-profile incidences of Jaguar I-Pace cars suddenly accelerating and being unable to stop. The Daily Mail seems intent on turning this into another EV hit piece, but Stuart points out that there are a million EVs on UK roads and this is the only model that appears to have a systemic problem.
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BBC Look North: Keyless car thefts on the rise

A spate of car thefts in the last week have prompted concern about the security of new cars. Stuart talks to Leanne Brown about how car thieves are getting more sophisticated in their methods.

It’s easy to make a mistake or three when selling your car, which could reduce the amount of money you can get for it. Stuart talks to Bhvishya Patel about how to maximise your car’s sale price.
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There’s more and more news in the media about the potential car finance mis-selling scandal that’s brewing. Stuart talks to Petrie Hosken about what’s going on, who’s likely to be affected and what’s likely to happen (starts at about 1hr5min).
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The Telegraph: Can you exploit a car finance loophole?

The Telegraph looks at your consumer rights when cancelling a car finance contract but still keeping any discount on the car. Stuart talks to Joe Wright about how this works, and who can benefit from this little-known right.
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Most drivers don’t really think about their braking too much,  but it can help you save money on your fuel bill, as well as the costs of replacing brake pads and tyres. Stuart talks to Ollie Cooper about how to drive smarter – and safer.
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BBC World News: Electric car sales figures across Europe

Electric car sales are still growing, but the rate of growth is slowing. Stuart talks to Ben Thompson on the BBC World Service about the current state of new and used EV sales in the UK and across Europe.

The Daily Mail and its finance spin-off, This is Money, continue their coverage of the FCA’s investigation of car finance interest rates. Stuart talks to Harry Wise about whether we’re going to see another PPI-style scandal and massive compensation payouts. 
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BBC Breakfast: Car insurance premiums skyrocketing

Most UK car owners have found their car insurance premiums skyrocketing over the last year. Stuart joins the sofa on BBC Breakfast TV to help explain what’s going on and what consumers can do about it.

Young drivers are often only able to get car insurance if they agree to have a ‘black box’ recording device fitted to their car. Stuart talks to Lucy Alderson about how these black boxes work and whether they can save you money on your car insurance.
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The Telegraph looks at the how electric car prices have been falling, and asks whether 2024 will be the year to buy a used EV. Stuart talks to Tom Haynes about the balance of supply and demand for electric cars, and what to expect this year.
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Which gives its verdict on the FCA announcement on car finance interest rates, helped by coverage of car finance issues from The Car Expert.
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The Times reports on the FCA’s investigation into abuse of car finance interest rates, using data and reporting from The Car Expert’s long-running analysis of the car finance sector.
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BBC Breakfast: Car finance compensation on the way?

The Financial Conduct Authority is investigating whether millions of car finance customers could be owed compensation due to the way car dealers sold car finance products. Stuart decodes the jargon for BBC Breakfast TV to explain what it all means.

BBC South West: EV charging infrastructure in Cornwall

Cornwall Council is investing millions of pounds in new EV charging points, but is it enough? Stuart talks to Victoria Graham on BBC South West’s Spotlight TV news programme about the challenges of ensuring Britain has enough EV charging to meet demand.

This is Money (the finance section of the Daily Mail) reports on the Financial Conduct Authority’s investigation of car finance interest rates. Stuart talks to Mike Sheen about what the investigation entails and what it could mean for customers. 
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2023

The Daily Express provides comprehensive coverage of The Car Expert’s Car of the Year 2024 awards. Luke Chillingsworth went through all the winners to help customers choose the best new cars to buy in 2024.
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The Telegraph looks at increasing number of car finance complaints being made to the Financial Ombudsman. Stuart explains to Laura Almeida that households are being squeezed hard by cost-of-living increases, and it’s putting the finances under pressure.
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In a debate published in The Times, Stuart argues that the car industry doesn’t need government tax breaks to make EVs cheaper. What’s needed is a real acceleration in the roll-out of charging infrastructure.
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A scary situation occurred in Manchester when a Jaguar I-Pace suddenly accelerated and crashed into two other vehicles, with other I-Pace owners describing similar incidents. Stuart talks to Olivia Day about what could cause these unintended acceleration incidents.
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The Telegraph explores the different car finance options available to car buyers today. Although the article is mistake-riddled and poorly written, it does at least reference The Car Expert’s decade-long analysis on car finance uptake.
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In the wake of a devastating car park fire at Luton Airport (started by a diesel car), Stuart goes head-to-head with Nigel Farage to dispel myths around how the fire started (it wasn’t an EV) and how the roll-out of electric cars is progressing across the UK.
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The Telegraph looks at the ongoing growth of car finance and the ever-increasing amount of debt that goes with it. Stuart explains to Noah Eastwood that the cost-of-living crisis could have a significant affect on both car buyers and car manufacturers.
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Good Housekeeping has updated its guide to car finance. Stuart explains the ins and outs of the personal contract purchase (PCP) to Jo Dunbar, as well as looking at some of the other finance options that may be more suitable.
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Despite the government u-turning on the deadline for the end of new petrol and diesel car sales, there are plenty of good reasons to consider an EV for your next car. Stuart talks to Lucy Alderson about the rapidly closing price gap between petrol cars and EVs, and whether you should switch now or hold on for a bit longer.
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The Telegraph points out that used cars will be unaffected by the UK’s watering down of the shift to electric cars. Stuart explains to Noah Eastwood that 90% of provate car sales are used, not new, and you’ll be able to buy a used petrol or diesel car for decades to come.
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The car industry reacted with dismay to the prime minister’s decision to u-turn on the 2030 deadline for selling new petrol and diesel cars. Stuart talkes to Ian Hunt about the fallout from Rishi Sunak’s decision.
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Stuart chats to Sandra Haurant with some useful tips for buying a used car, covering everything from mileage, MOTs, finance, haggling and what to do with your old car.
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The Sun has dug out a very old article from The Car Expert with handy tips for cleaning your car. Proving that good advice never loses its value, Stuart’s tips are as valuable today as they were ten years ago!
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A Transport Committee Report recommends that the government moves more quickly to legislate for driverless cars, to help secure ongoing investment into the UK. Stuart talks to Christian Fraser on the BBC News flagship prime-time show, The Context, about what’s needed.

Self-driving cars are not just very complex to create, but equally complex to bring into law. Stuart talks to Good Morning Ulster about the issues in legislating for autonomous vehicles following the publication of a Transport C0mmittee Report.
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After steadily falling for the last 12 months, petrol prices suddenly jumped in late August. Steph McGovern invited Stuart onto her lunchtime programme to talk about all the ways to save money on your weekly fuel bill.
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The Telegraph reports that the next-generation Mini Cooper, unveiled in September, won’t be offered with a manual gearbox. Stuart talks to Jack Simpson about the coming extinction of manually-equipped new cars, and the Daily Mail picked up the story as well.
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The Telegraph highlighted The Car Expert’s analysis of August new car registration data, which shows that private new car sales were the lowest for the month in more than a decade.
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This is Money (the finance section of the Daily Mail) reports on The Car Expert’s independent analysis of August’s new car registrations, which shows that private new car sales were at the lowest level since 2012.
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Stuart talks to Lily Russell-Jones about how the rapid growth in new electric car sales over the last few years is making more used EVs available, helping to drive prices down and make them more affordable for more potential buyers.
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The Mayor of London’s punitive new emissions taxes are affecting the poorest residents of London and surrounding areas. Stuart talks to Noah Eastwood about how ULEZ is pushing the price of compliant used cars up and non-compliant cars down.
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A number of Conservative MPs have expressed concerns that higher interest rates and cost-of-living problems could lead to more people defaulting on their car finance loans. Stuart talks to Tom Scotson about how PCP car finance has rocketed upwards over the last decade.
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GB News: Diesel or electric trucks? One council makes a difficult call

Stuart appears on the ‘Esther and Phil’ Saturday morning TV show to discuss Cardiff Council’s decision to eschew electric refue collection trucks in favour of diesels due to a shortage of available vehicles and difficulties installing charging points at the depot.

BBC One Midlands Today: Car parts theft continues

Birmingham’s car stripping and theft problem seems to be getting worse, with professional criminal gangs roaming local neighbourhoods to find suitable cars to strip right under the noses of residents.

Stuart talks to Leah Milner about the pros and cons of selling your car to a buying site compared to part-exchanging it with a dealer or selling it privately.
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BBC WM: Air-conditioning or windows?

Stuart helps to answer a listener’s question about whether using a car’s air-conditioning system increases fuel consumption, and how this compares to simply opening the windows.

Falling new electric car prices have had an inevitable knock-on effect on used EV pricing – great if you’re looking to buy a used EV, not so much if you’re trying to sell one. Stuart talks to Tom Haynes about the changing marketplace.
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Stuart appears on an (unintentionally) hilarious GB News TV ‘debate’ to talk about electric cars. Unfortunately, it was mainly some old bloke ranting for two minutes solid about how much he doesn’t like EVs, including a load of ‘facts’ that he simply made up…
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BBC WM: Jaguar Land Rover invests in the West Midlands

Stuart talks to the BBC West Midlands breakfast team about the exciting news that Jaguar Land Rover is investing heavily in upgrading its UK production facilities in the West Midlands to build a new generation of electric models.

BBC CWR: Jaguar Land Rover's big £15 billion investment

Stuart talks to Phil Upton about Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement of a £15 billion investment to drive its conversion to electric vehicles, with money being used to upgrade its four UK manufacturing facilities and design a new range of cars here in the UK.

GB News: Safe driving tips for this week's blizzards

Stuart appears on GB News TV to talk to Isabel and Eamonn about the dangers of driving in the snowy and icy conditions across the UK this week.

This is Money (the finance section of the Daily Mail) reports on The Car Expert’s analysis of 2022 car finance data, which shows that new borrowing reached a record £41 billion.
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Stuart talks to Trish Adudu about media reports that Jaguar Land Rover is demanding £500 million from the UK government to build a battery factory, under threat of moving its car production to Spain.
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Last year was a record for car finance, but things may be changing as we shift to electric cars. The Evening Standard reports on The Car Expert’s analysis of the UK car finance market and increasing popularity of salary sacrifice for EV buyers.
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BBC News: Ford to cut 1,300 UK jobs

Stuart talks to Lukwesa Burak about Ford’s announcement that it will shed nearly 4,000 staff across Europe, including 1,300 here in the UK, as it restructures to develop electric vehicles. (Note – interview ended early due to BBC technical issues)
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Birmingham has been suffering from a spate of brazen car parts theft in recent months, where thieves have been stealing parts from vehicles parked in public car parts.
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Stuart talks to Elliott Webb about that sinking feeling when you get back to where you think you parked your car and it’s not there.
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The London Evening Standard consults Stuart on what to expect in the electric vehicle market for 2023, with several new names set to appear on UK roads.
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Stuart talks to Tammy Gooding about the falling number of cars built in the UK. Does car manufacturing have a future in this country or are we destined to simply import cars from overseas?
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Stuart talks to Anita McVeigh about the challenges facing UK car production as new data shows that 2022 was the worst year since 1956.
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Daily Express: Government's new MOT test consultation

The government is looking for feedback about proposed changed to the annual MOT testing requirements. Stuart explains to Kris Boratyn why change is necessary to make sure the MOT test is still relevant to modern cars.
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BBC World Business Report: European Car of the Year 2023

Stuart talks to Aaron Heslehurst about the results of the European Car of the Year Award, which was won by the all-new Jeep Avenger. What will it mean for Jeep sales in 2023?
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Stuart talks to Miles Brignall about how the cost-of-living crisis is affecting car finance customers, and explains how voluntary termination allows them to exit an agreement (under certain circumstances).
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Stuart comments on the 2022 sales success of the British-built Nissan Qashqai – highlighting the benefits of UK car production for the local economy.
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2022

Stuart talks to Abigail Donoghue about the risks of applying hot water – either directly or in a bag – to an iced-up windscreen in winter.
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GB News: Staying safe (and legal) in wintry conditions

Stuart appears on GB News TV to talk to Isabel and Martin about how to make sure you’re staying safe and legal if you’re heading out on the roads during the current cold snap.

The Telegraph and The Sun both report on The Car Expert’s research into car finance ,as people across the UK are struggling to continue making their car finance payments as the cost-of-living crisis grips households.
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As costs of living soar, consumers may regret expensive finance loans. Stuart talks to Claer Barrett about the state of the car finance market.
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Stuart talks to Peter White about how used car pricing – why they’re so high and how soon they’ll start to come down.
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Increasing cost-of-living pressures could lead to thousands of drivers defaulting on their car finance payments. Stuart talks to Tom Haynes about the risks for borrowers.
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Stuart talks to David Byers about how rising interest rates are pushing up car finance payments, and suggests some ways to trade down to save money.
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With new cars being in short supply, used car values are much higher than normal. Stuart talks to Tom Haynes about the impact for both buyers and sellers.
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Rob Hull, writing for the ‘This is Money’ section of the Daily Mail, covers The Car Expert’s investigation into car finance debt and concerns over household budgets.
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