Buying a car

"The unthinkable is happening: used cars are going up in value"
Honda e
Opinion

"The unthinkable is happening: used cars are going up in value"

With the semi-conductor crisis driving up the value of used cars, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks it's a good time to part exchange
21 Jul 2021
Best new car deals 2021
Best new car deals 2021
Best cars & vans

Best new car deals 2021

Thinking of buying a new model? Check out our list of the best new car deals right now
16 Jul 2021
What is BuyaCar?
Buyacar
Tips & advice

What is BuyaCar?

Online used car sales site BuyaCar offers a vast array of cars that can be bought from the comfort of your home and delivered to your door.
23 Jun 2021
Buying a used car: your complete guide
Classifieds
Used Car Guide

Buying a used car: your complete guide

Buying a used car from a dealer or privately isn’t always easy. So here is our advice and tips on how to buy your dream second-hand motor
9 Jun 2021
What is car GAP insurance?
Long-term test review Mazda MX-5 - Lesley showroom
Tips & advice

What is car GAP insurance?

We explain GAP and finance GAP insurance for cars, and ask whether you really need it
20 May 2021
Cat S and N cars: new insurance write-off categories
Car crash
Tips & advice

Cat S and N cars: new insurance write-off categories

New Cat S and Cat N insurance write-off classifications have replaced the old Cat C and Cat D groups; we explain all.
5 May 2021
How to buy a car online
Internet Browsing
Tips & advice

How to buy a car online

Not sure how to buy a car online? Read our step-by-step guide to get you through the process
9 Apr 2021

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What is an HPI check?
HPI check
Tips & advice

What is an HPI check?

Many adverts will mention that a car is “HPI clear”. What does it mean, what is an HPI check and is it something you should consider?
6 Apr 2021
Cat D and Cat C write-offs
Saab crash, insurance, smash
Tips & advice

Cat D and Cat C write-offs

A new write-off system has been introduced, but Cat C and D cars are still on the used market. We explain all.
11 Mar 2021
Latest V5C log book rules for car buyers and sellers
New V5C document
Tips & advice

Latest V5C log book rules for car buyers and sellers

Understanding the V5C log book and the rules around it, whether you're buying or selling a car
16 Feb 2021
Buying a car privately – advice and tips
Land Rover Discovery Sport - front
Tips & advice

Buying a car privately – advice and tips

Buying a car privately can be daunting, but follow our advice to get the best deals with the least hassle
16 Dec 2020
How to spot a flood-damaged car
UK Floods: cars flooded
Tips & advice

How to spot a flood-damaged car

Flood water can have a huge effect on a car, both seen and unseen. But how do you know if the car you're about to buy is flood-damaged?
16 Dec 2020
Car auctions guide
Car auction MINI
Tips & advice

Car auctions guide

The murky world of car auctions explained, with top auction buyers tips to help you grab a great deal
16 Dec 2020
Repossessed cars: everything you need to know
Tips & advice

Repossessed cars: everything you need to know

Find out what happens if your car is repossessed, and what to look out for if you're thinking of buying a repo car
16 Dec 2020
Used car checklist: key points to look for when buying
Car dealer forecourt shopping
Used Car Guide

Used car checklist: key points to look for when buying

Read our used vehicle checklist to help you make a safer, more informed choice when buying any used car
16 Dec 2020
High-mileage cars: should you buy one?
Features

High-mileage cars: should you buy one?

Used cars with high mileage are often avoided, but is a well-used car as scary as many think?
10 Dec 2020
How to test drive a car
Tips & advice

How to test drive a car

Our tips and tricks on how to take a test drive in a new or used car
10 Dec 2020
When is the best time to buy a car?
The new way of buying a car - SEAT interior
Tips & advice

When is the best time to buy a car?

Timing could be everything if you're looking to get the best deal on a new or used car. We reveal the best times to buy and why.
10 Dec 2020
Petrol or diesel: which fuel is better?
pumps
Tips & advice

Petrol or diesel: which fuel is better?

Hybrids and EVs are on the rise, but the petrol vs diesel dilemma remains for most new car buyers
4 Dec 2020
Best new cars for under £400 per month
Best new cars for under £400 per month - header
Best cars & vans

Best new cars for under £400 per month

Got some cash to splash on a new set of wheels? These are the best new cars for under £400 per month
4 Dec 2020
Best new cars for under £350 per month
Best new cars for under £350 per month
Best cars & vans

Best new cars for under £350 per month

After a fresh set of wheels? Check out the best new cars for under £350 per month
3 Dec 2020
Best car discounts 2021: big savings on the best new cars
UK's biggest new car discounts - header
Best cars & vans

Best car discounts 2021: big savings on the best new cars

These are our picks of the best discounts and deals on some of our favourite cars, with something for everyone
2 Dec 2020
Pre-registered cars: buying guide
Pre-reg guide
Tips & advice

Pre-registered cars: buying guide

We explore the pros and cons of picking a pre-reg car instead of buying a brand new car
26 Nov 2020
Buying a new car - your complete guide
Long-term test review: SEAT Ateca - first report dealer
Tips & advice

Buying a new car - your complete guide

Our top tips for buying a new car, whether it's from a dealer, online broker, or a car supermarket
26 Nov 2020
Car finance deals explained
Tips & advice

Car finance deals explained

A comprehensive guide to hire purchase, PCP, contract hire and more, for anyone buying a new car on finance
24 Nov 2020
Car warranty advice: manufacturer warranty cover and extended warranties explained
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in long term - first report front action
Tips & advice

Car warranty advice: manufacturer warranty cover and extended warranties explained

Buy a new car, and it'll come with a warranty. Here we explain what it covers and what it doesn't, and for how long
23 Nov 2020
How to transfer a number plate from one car to another
MINI number plate change
Tips & advice

How to transfer a number plate from one car to another

Need to know how to transfer a number plate between vehicles? Our step-by-step guide breaks it down
22 Nov 2020
Subprime car loans and bad credit finance explained
Van finance explained
Tips & advice

Subprime car loans and bad credit finance explained

Just because you’ve got a bad credit score doesn’t mean you can’t get a car on finance. Here’s all you need to know about subprime car loans
18 Nov 2020
Haggling tips: how to negotiate the best price of a new car
Tips & advice

Haggling tips: how to negotiate the best price of a new car

When you’re haggling over the price of a new car, here are the things you should say and the traps to avoid
4 Nov 2020
Rejecting a new or used car: your car consumer rights explained
Tips & advice

Rejecting a new or used car: your car consumer rights explained

Sometimes a dream car purchase can turn into a nightmare. When you can't get problems sorted the nuclear option is to reject the car - here's how to d…
4 Nov 2020
How to check your car’s service history
Tips & advice

How to check your car’s service history

A full service history can add value to your car: here’s how to check it, and where to look for the information.
23 Oct 2020
How to check if a car is taxed, MoT’d and insured
MOT testing station
Tips & advice

How to check if a car is taxed, MoT’d and insured

The government offers a free tax and insurance checker to make sure a vehicle is legally allowed on UK roads. Here’s how to use it...
22 Oct 2020
Car valuations: how much is your car worth?
Volkswagen Polo - front
Tips & advice

Car valuations: how much is your car worth?

If you're buying or selling a car, you'll want to know how much it's worth. So what’s the best way to find the true value of a used car?
1 Oct 2020
2.5 million clocked cars on the road
EU to crack down on car clocking companies
News

2.5 million clocked cars on the road

Citroen Dispatch, Renault Scenic and Peugeot Expert are most likely to have mileage discrepancies
7 Sep 2020