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Car servicing requirements when you have a PCP

Do I have to service my car with the dealer if I have a...

The popularity of PCP car finance has allowed car manufacturers to be sneaky in forcing you to have your car serviced by their dealers.
If you bought a car from a car dealer is not normally refundable

Is my deposit refundable?

We get a lot of questions from car buyers who have given a car dealer a deposit for a car and now – for whatever reason – want it back.
What are your options at the end of a PCP? | The Car Expert

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.
Car finance - the negative equity problem (The Car Expert)

Car finance: Negative equity and why it’s a problem

One of the big problems in car finance is negative equity, and it can get you into financial trouble. But what is negative equity and why is it a problem?
Distracted driving is dangerous

The dangers of distracted driving

Anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road when driving is putting you and others at risk. We look at the dangers of distracted driving.
Identification documents - UK Driving Licence and Passport (The Car Expert)

What documents do I need for car finance?

When applying for finance for a new or used car, you will need to provide various information, documents and proofs of identification to the finance company so they can assess your application.
I've been caught speeding by a speed camera - what happens now?

I’ve been caught speeding by a speed camera – what happens now?

Have you recently been caught out by a speed camera? Guest blogger James Sheehan has written an easy-to-understand guide on what to expect, what to do and when to do it.
McLaren celebrates a strong six months of sales in 2018

New car sales: 2018 half-year report

It's half-time in the 2018 new car sales race, and a chance to see which brands are flying high and which are floundering in despair.
Car finance glossary (The Car Expert) 2016

Car finance glossary

The Car Expert has put together this comprehensive glossary of car finance terms to help you understand exactly what all the jargon means.

Autonomous Emergency Braking ‘a must’, say experts

Buying a new car? Insist it has Autonomous Emergency Braking and you could help save hundreds of lives, say road safety and motor industry bodies.
Care by Volvo subscription service

Volvo ‘Care by Volvo’ scheme takes on leasing

Volvo is launching a premium leasing programme called 'Care by Volvo', as an answer to the increasing trend to leasing instead of buying.
Frankfurt motor show 2017 highlights (The Car Expert)

Car manufacturers electrify Frankfurt

The big theme at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show was electrification, as car manufacturers showed off their latest hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars.
Project Cars 2 screenshot BMW (The Car Expert)

Driving games take realism to new heights

The latest driving games being released in the run-up to Christmas, like Project Cars 2, Forza 7 and Gran Turismo Sport are taking realism to new heights.
Car finance figures for July 2017 show continued increases

Car buyer debt increases further despite warnings

The latest car finance figures show that buyers are borrowing more money to finance both new and used cars, despite all the media attention of late.
Volkswagen Golf R

Another slow month for new car sales in August

New car registrations fell by more than 6% in August compared to last year, with buyers shying away from showrooms and diesels having a disastrous time.
Channel 4 Dispatches - a car sales executive responds

Channel 4 Dispatches – a sales executive responds

This week Channel 4 discussed how car finance is sold. We invited sales executive Fiona Duffy to explain the process from the other side of the sales desk.
Are manufacturer scrappage schemes any good?

Will scrappage schemes really boost new car sales?

A flurry of new "scrappage schemes" has been announced, with manufacturers offering thousands of pounds for owners of old cars to trade them in on new ones.
The new driving test comes into effect in December 2017

New driving test brings changes for learners

The new driving test will come into force on 4 December. Will you be ready for the changes that are about to be deployed for learner drivers from the DVSA?
Corrected used car sales results for Q2 2017 are much better

SMMT does a recount; everything’s fine in used car sales

A week after publishing disastrous used car sales results, the SMMT has now published corrected numbers and decided that things aren't so bad after all.

Car finance debt still at record levels in latest results

The latest figures show that car finance debt remained at record levels in June, with a fall in new car volumes balanced by an increase in used cars. 
What happens to your car finance agreement if you die?

What happens to your car finance agreement if you die?

When taking out car finance, almost no-one thinks: "What would happen to this car finance agreement if I should die before it's paid off?"
FCA probing car finance sales practices

FCA car finance probe puts a priority on customer welfare

The Financial Conduct Authority has published an update on its investigation into the car finance sector and identified the key questions it wants answered.
43% of drivers ignorant of harsher penalties for phone use

43% of drivers ignorant of harsher penalties for phone use

A new study has shown that 43% of drivers are still unaware of the new harsher penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel.
The Ford Focus was the best-selling car in July 2017

New car sales continue falling in July

UK new car registrations fell by more than 9% in July, with demand down across all buying sectors. Once again, it was a disastrous month for diesel sales.
Autonomous self-driving car

Confusion over self-driving technology may increase car crashes

A lack of distinction between 'assisted' and 'automated' driving systems is creating dangerous confusion and could lead to an increase in accidents.

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Should I buy a pre-registered car? (The Car Expert)

Should I buy a pre-registered car?

Pre-registered cars are on the increase again. The salesman says it's a great deal on what is basically a 'brand new car', but what's the real story?
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