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Expert media appearances

Expert advice and opinion – as seen, heard and read here:

2021

The country’s biggest electric car charging provider, BP Pulse, has been heavily criticised for failures with installations and smart charging apps. Stuart talks to Matt Allwright about what’s going wrong and what needs to be done.
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There are more options than ever for selling your car. Moneyweek reports on our advice to consumers, with Andrew Charman warning car owners to be wary of car buying services that try to haggle prices down from their initial offer.
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High demand and a shortage of new car supplies have lead to soaring prices for used cars. Stuart talks to Roberto Perrone about what this means for anyone looking to buy a car (or sell their current car!).
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Investment is pouring into EV infrastructure in the UK as we head towards 2030, but there’s still a long way to go. Stuart talks to Benji Hyer about the progress is being made and the hurdles that need to be overcome.
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Theft of catalytic converters has skyrocketed over the last year, as thieves target them for their valuable precious metals. Stuart talks to Jim White about why hybrid cars are particularly vulnerable and what owners can do to protect their cars.
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The electric car will ultimately kill off the manual gearbox, but its demise has been coming for a long time anyway. Stuart talks to Thomas Grose at US News about the shift from manual to automatic gearboxes.
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A rare Aston Martin DB5 Volante with several celebrity owners is coming up for auction. Stuart chats to Christo Foufas about British car manufacturing and the best British cars of all time.
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New rules will mean that car insurance companies will not be able to charge existing customers more than new customers, a practice known as ‘price walking’. Stuart talks to Roberto Perrone about what this means for car owners.
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BBC Essex: Personalised number plates

Personalised number plates remain as popular as ever, and Stuart talks to Sonia Watson about why car buyers can’t get enough of customised plates that send a message to the world.
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Another piece looking at the growth of online used car buying over the last year. Stuart explains the benefits of consumer rights protection for any purchase made online. We’re not taking responsibility for the car finance tips provided, though, which contained several inaccuracies and didn’t come from The Car Expert!
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China is the world’s largest producer of electric cars, so is the growth in electric vehicles simply playing into China’s hands? Stuart talks to Winifred Robinson about global car production and what it means for consumers.
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Are taxpayers going to be forced to pay for EV charging points to be installed all over the countryside? Stuart talks to Sadie Nine about what’s needed and where the money to pay for it all will be coming from.
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The coronavirus has led to a rapid increase in the number of people buying new cars online. Stuart explains why you actually have more rights when buying online than in a showroom.
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Two of the world’s largest car companies have merged into one huge conglomerate. Stuart talks to Rob Young about the implications of Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, Vauxhall, etc) merging with FCA (Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, etc).
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2020

Following a government announcement to bring forward the ban on new petrol and diesel car sales to 2030, Stuart talks to John Bevir about the implications for the UK’s transition to an electrified new car market over the next decade.
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Stuart talks to Andy Whittaker about the government’s announcement that new petrol and diesel car sales will be banned from 2030, and what it means for car buyers.
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Electric vehicles are in the news a lot at the moment. Stuart talks to Dave Monk about electric cars, answering questions and dispelling myths about the future of driving.
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PCP car finance is still misunderstood by many car buyers. Stuart explains the full implications of what you’re borrowing and what to look out for.
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Main dealer, independent garage or private sale? Stuart provides some top tips about what to look for when buying a used car – even if you have zero mechanical knowledge.
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Stuart appears on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme to talk about used car warranties. Are they more than just a waste of money?
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Stuart spoke to BBC News and Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about the growing number of drivers who are choosing to take their driving test in an automatic and not bother to learn to change gears.
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Stuart appears on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme to talk about consumer rights when handing back your car on a PCP finance agreement.
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New keyless entry technology make life convenient, but they can make your car very easy to steal. Stuart explains how to keep your car secure.
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Stuart explains some of the risks with having a dealer sell your car on consignment if you don’t have a clearly-written agreement to protect yourself.
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