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How to understand a PCP car finance quote

Thousands of people look at a PCP car finance quote and are hopelessly confused by all the different numbers. Cut through the confusion with this guide.

Volvo issues vehicle recall over fire risk

Nearly 70,000 Volvo cars in the UK are being recalled over a fire risk related to an engine problem, the manufacturer said.

The petrol Mazda 3 with ‘diesel-like’ fuel economy

Mazda 3 models with the brand's new Skyactiv-X petrol engine will arrive in showrooms in October, at prices starting from £23,555.

Electric cars to be exempt from company car tax

Businesses looking to add electric vehicles to their fleets are set for a boost next year — with electric cars set to be exempt from company car tax in 2020.

The car industry needs to be more honest when selling car finance

A story on BBC News has highlighted the public's lack of understanding when it comes to PCP car finance, as well as the futility of debating it on social media.

Car finance: Top 10 PCP myths busted

Based on all the questions about PCP finance we have received here over the last few years, we've listed our Top 10 PCP myths – and then busted them.

Explained: What is the government plug-in car grant?

To encourage motorists into zero-emission vehicles, the government offers a plug-in car grant to make EVs more affordable. The Car Expert explains how it works.

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The Car Expert New Car Ratings

We combine the top UK media reviews to give you an overall Expert Rating. Here are the latest cars we've analysed.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass has received average reviews from the UK media. Our new Expert Rating system ranks the Compass last of 17 cars in the mid-sized SUV segment.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has received average reviews from the UK media, with our Expert Rating placing it in the bottom half of the mid-sized SUV market.

Dacia Sandero Stepway

The Dacia Sandero Stepway has an overall Expert Rating that places it in the midfield of similar cars, with its greatest strength being value for money.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 has been highly praised by the UK media for its performance, driving dynamics and minimalist style, with criticism for some ergonomic issues.

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New car reviews

MG ZS EV test drive

Is the MG ZS EV really 'the first truly affordable, family-friendly electric car' as its manufacturer claims? We hit the city streets to find out.

Nissan Leaf e+ review

The Nissan Leaf e+ is a worthy range-topper with a bigger battery providing improved performance and better range, but it still can't keep up with key rivals.

SEAT Tarraco test drive

The SEAT Tarraco may be yet another entry into the SUV segment, but it’s one worth considering. It’s laden with standard equipment, spacious and practical too.

Subaru Outback test drive

It’s certainly not perfect, but if you need a reasonably-priced family car that simply must be capable off-road, the Subaru Outback is unbeatable.

Bentley Continental GT V8 test drive

The Bentley Continental GT V8 is a grand tourer first and foremost. But the weight shed by swapping the W12 out for the V8 gives it real agility in the corners.

Peugeot 508 SW review

The Peugeot 508 SW is a car to turn the heads of those looking for a premium estate, offering striking visuals, efficient engines and plenty of technology.

News

Bentley Flying Spur launches with limited edition model

Bentley has revealed a First Edition version of its new Flying Spur luxury saloon that will only be available for the first 12 months of the car’s production run.

Chevrolet Corvette changes to middle lane

The all-new Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed after years of rumours and teasers – and the new model is very different to what has gone before.

Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

New Lotus Evija is £1.7m electric hypercar

Lotus has unveiled a long-awaited all-new model in the form of an electric hypercar, the Lotus Evija.

New Mini Electric launched at Oxford factory

The Mini Electric, the company's first fully-electric model, has been unveiled at the car-maker’s Oxford factory.

Lexus LC Convertible heading for showrooms

The Lexus LC Convertible, so far seen only as a concept, is to become a production model.

Bentley electric ambitions ‘thwarted by technology delays’

Bentley wants to build the electric car its customers are demanding, but says the battery technology required to do it properly is yet to appear.

Industry news

Britain’s best-selling cars – June 2019

June was a hot month for hatches, with nine of the top ten models being hatchbacks. Here are the ten best-selling cars in the UK for June 2019.

New car sales down 5% in June

Private new car sales fell nearly 5% in June, according to the latest registration data published today. In comparison, fleet registrations were down by 2.5%.

Britain’s best-selling cars – May 2019

Despite the overall results being disappointing, some cars are still flying out of new car showrooms. Here are the ten best-selling cars for May 2019.

Car sales continue to slide in May

UK car sales continued to drop in May, down almost five per cent on the same month in 2018.

Audi e-tron electric car among five-star safety winners

The all-electric Audi e-tron is one of seven vehicles to receive a top five-star safety rating in the latest round of crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP.

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.

Britain’s best-selling cars – April 2019

Despite the overall results being gloomy, there are still plenty of cars flying out of dealer showrooms. Here are the ten best-selling cars for April 2019.

New car sales fall in April

The new car market was down by 4% in April compared to the same month last year, thanks to a drop-off in new private buyers.

Insight – Ford GT Mk II ‘faster than race car’

The Ford GT Mk II is a track-only version of the road car, designed to unlock the performance denied to the race GT by regulations.

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.

I bought a car and now I’ve changed my mind

Buyer’s Remorse is common in the car industry. You've bought a car, and now you've changed your mind or run into problems. What can you do?

Explained: What is an insurance write-off?

If a car is involved in an accident, an insurer may declare it a 'write-off'. However, this term has several different meanings, which can be confusing.

What are your options at the end of a PCP?

Many car buyers are confused about what their choices at the end of a PCP car finance agreement. We explain your options to help you make the best choice.

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.

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