Tips & advice

Should you buy a white car?
Citroen C3 Aircross You! - front static
Tips & advice

Should you buy a white car?

Is white the right colour for your next car? Here’s what to consider when picking your paint options
28 Feb 2024
Car depreciation explained: future residual values and how they’re calculated
Car dealership forecourt
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Car depreciation explained: future residual values and how they’re calculated

What is car depreciation, how does it work and what can you do to minimise it on your car? We reveal all in our guide…
21 Feb 2024
Double-cab pick-up truck tax explained
Isuzu D-Max - front 3/4 static
Tips & advice

Double-cab pick-up truck tax explained

The inside line on HMRC’s VAT and Benefit-in-Kind tax rules for those using double-cab pick-ups as company vehicles
19 Feb 2024
How to SORN your car with the DVLA
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Tips & advice

How to SORN your car with the DVLA

Taking your car off the road? You’ll need to abide by the 'SORN’ laws. Our guide explains all
15 Feb 2024
Old Cat C and Cat D insurance write-off categories explained
Two cars in a head-on collision
Tips & advice

Old Cat C and Cat D insurance write-off categories explained

A new write-off category system was introduced in 2017, but plenty of Cat C and Cat D cars are still on the used market. We explain what these categor…
9 Feb 2024
What's the best engine oil for my car?
Person topping up engine oil
Tips & advice

What's the best engine oil for my car?

Use our handy guide to find the right engine oil for your car
8 Feb 2024
Car insurance write-off categories explained: what are Cat N and Cat S cars?
Crashed car
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Car insurance write-off categories explained: what are Cat N and Cat S cars?

Cat S and Cat N insurance write-off classifications replaced the old Cat C and Cat D groups in 2017; but what do they mean and how do they work?
6 Feb 2024

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Motorway driving lessons: what to expect
Learner drivers on Motorway
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Motorway driving lessons: what to expect

The thought of driving on a motorway can be intimidating for a learner driver but our guide will help boost your knowledge and confidence.
1 Feb 2024
Pass Plus scheme: pros, cons, cost and insurance discounts
Pass Plus
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Pass Plus scheme: pros, cons, cost and insurance discounts

Extra driver training is always welcome, but do insurance discounts make the Pass Plus prices worth paying?
1 Feb 2024
Car tax refunds: how to claim yours
Tax disc
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Car tax refunds: how to claim yours

We guide you through the rules around getting a refund on your road tax when you sell your car
31 Jan 2024
Can you lease a used car? second-hand car leasing deals guide
People signing dealership paperwork
Tips & advice

Can you lease a used car? second-hand car leasing deals guide

When we think of leasing, we tend to think of new cars, but leasing a used car is an option worth looking at
30 Jan 2024
Manual vs automatic gearboxes - which should you choose?
Manual vs auto gearboxes
Tips & advice

Manual vs automatic gearboxes - which should you choose?

The pros and cons of changing gears yourself, or letting the car do it for you
30 Jan 2024
Car tax bands: 2023/2024 VED bands explained
Tax
Tips & advice

Car tax bands: 2023/2024 VED bands explained

Our guide to the VED road tax bands for cars first registered from 1 April 2017 onwards
26 Jan 2024
Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?
car tax calculator
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Car tax 2024: how does UK VED road tax work and how much will it cost you?

Confused by VED road tax? Our comprehensive guide explains how much you'll pay to tax your next car in the 2023/24 financial year
26 Jan 2024
The Dartford Crossing: how to pay the Dart Charge toll and appeal a fine
Dartford Crossing bridge
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The Dartford Crossing: how to pay the Dart Charge toll and appeal a fine

Our Dartford Crossing guide explains when and how to pay the Dart Charge, how much it costs and how to appeal a fine
26 Jan 2024
London ULEZ: Ultra Low Emissions Zone expansion, charges and map
London
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London ULEZ: Ultra Low Emissions Zone expansion, charges and map

The ULEZ has now expanded to cover all London boroughs. Here are the facts about the charge, the zone map and the cars affected
26 Jan 2024
What is Torque? The mystery explained
what is torque
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What is Torque? The mystery explained

Engine torque figures are commonly compared, but what is torque and why is it important in our cars?
24 Jan 2024
What is antifreeze? And how to check your engine coolant level
Hibernation feature - Antifreeze
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What is antifreeze? And how to check your engine coolant level

We explain how antifreeze keeps your car's engine from overheating, and why you should regularly check your levels
23 Jan 2024
What is ESP, and ESC on a car?
Volvo XC40 front cornering
Tips & advice

What is ESP, and ESC on a car?

Since 2014, every new car in Europe has been fitted with Electronic Stability Control – but what is ESC, and what is ESP for that matter?
23 Jan 2024
Car underseal rust protection: what is it and is it worth getting for your car?
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Car underseal rust protection: what is it and is it worth getting for your car?

Here are our top tips and things to consider when it comes to protecting your car from rust with a car underseal
19 Jan 2024
UK car insurance groups explained
Car insurance explainer
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UK car insurance groups explained

The Association of British Insurers decides your car’s insurance group, from 1 to 50. Here’s what it means for you…
19 Jan 2024
How to parallel park – the ultimate guide for learner drivers
Parallel parking
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How to parallel park – the ultimate guide for learner drivers

Parallel parking is a feared manoeuvre for many drivers, but with these techniques and a bit of practice, anyone can get to grips with the parallel pa…
17 Jan 2024
UK low emission zones explained: Do LEZs and CAZs affect my car?
Low Emission Zone road sign
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UK low emission zones explained: Do LEZs and CAZs affect my car?

Low emissions zones are springing up around the country, here’s what you need to know…
5 Jan 2024
What is the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate and what does it mean for you?
Ioniq 5 - front
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What is the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate and what does it mean for you?

‘ZEV mandate’ compels car makers to sell increasing numbers of EVs from 2024 up to the 2035 petrol and diesel ban
3 Jan 2024
Car noise limits: UK laws and how to report noisy car exhausts or engines
Large exhaust backbox
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Car noise limits: UK laws and how to report noisy car exhausts or engines

Car noise is a regular cause of annoyance in the UK and there are clear rules on noise limits. Here’s everything you need to know…
2 Jan 2024
Winter driving tips
Winter road landscape
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Winter driving tips

Top tips for winter driving, plus the do's and don'ts for handling snow and ice
2 Jan 2024
Off-road driving tips: how to make the most of your 4x4
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Off-road driving tips: how to make the most of your 4x4

There’s great fun to be had taking a 4x4 off road, but our advice here can help you in everyday driving, too
1 Jan 2024
Box junctions: what are the rules and the penalties for breaking them?
Box junction
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Box junctions: what are the rules and the penalties for breaking them?

It’s easy to fall foul of box junction rules: here’s how they work and how to avoid being fined
6 Dec 2023
What is Android Auto? Full review and user guide
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What is Android Auto? Full review and user guide

What is Google's Android Auto and what are the benefits for UK drivers?
24 Nov 2023
How to get your driving licence
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How to get your driving licence

This is our simple, step-by-step guide to getting your full UK driving licence and learning to drive
15 Nov 2023
How to demist your car windscreen
Peugeot 208 windscreen detail
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How to demist your car windscreen

Misty and fogged up car windows can be very irritating and are also a safety hazard. Here’s how to demist your windscreen quickly…
3 Nov 2023
Car paint protection, films and ceramic coatings explained: is it worth it and does your car need it?
Car sealants
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Car paint protection, films and ceramic coatings explained: is it worth it and does your car need it?

What is car paint protection, what are the different options and are they worth it?
26 Oct 2023
The M6 toll: prices, alternatives and how to pay
M6 Toll sign
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The M6 toll: prices, alternatives and how to pay

The M6 toll can save you valuable time but how much does it cost and how do you pay?
19 Oct 2023
Apple CarPlay: what is it, how does it work, and is it better than Android Auto?
iPhone connected to CarPlay in SEAT
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Apple CarPlay: what is it, how does it work, and is it better than Android Auto?

Apple CarPlay allows users to safely use many of the features of their iPhone while driving – this is our guide on what it is and how it works
17 Oct 2023