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Trust Carbuyer: reviews, advice, help to buy your next car

Carbuyer is here to help you find the best car for your needs and buy it at the best price possible

Carbuyer is not like other motoring websites – it makes choosing a car easy. Our advice is practical and free from confusing jargon. We provide entertaining and informative review videos of all the cars that matter. Plus our testers' unrivalled expertise is backed up with the very best technical data available.

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As well as our clear, in-depth car reviews we've got a huge range of top 10s that rank the best cars in each market sector and category. We cover all the most important car buying news and our car comparison pages put key new cars head-to-head with rivals or previous generation models to help you make the best choices on how to spend your money.

Why you should trust us

Carbuyer has been helping UK car buyers buy the right car since we launched in 2010. You can trust us to make your car buying journey as easy as possible; that’s the mission at the heart of everything we do, and our team has years of experience delivering on it.

Our review verdicts, ratings and advice are the result of ongoing detailed examination of the UK car market and its products. As the market landscape changes with new cars launching, prices fluctuating and legislation goalposts shifting, we adapt to ensure we’re always painting the true picture and giving you the most up-to-date information.   

How we help you

Carbuyer creates a huge breadth of review and advice content to make the process of buying and owning a car easy. Our experts know cars and the car market inside out and they’re dedicated to bringing you the definitive verdicts on which cars to choose and the best tips on how to buy and run a car well.

Carbuyer car reviews 

Our reviews focus on what really matters to buyers. We cut through the jargon and address the key questions that you’re asking when you research your next car.  

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Our team drives every car on sale in the UK on a regular basis, and are among the first behind the wheel of the latest new models. We rate each car across multiple criteria in our industry leading in-depth reviews, evaluating each model in context of the alternatives that car buyers might be considering. Whether it’s running costs or reliability, performance or practicality, our reviews tell you where each car ranks in relation to its rivals.

We don’t just rely on our own experience and exhaustive road testing process either. We have access to the best and most up-to-date car industry data to inform our opinions. From detailed pricing and specification info, to the latest insights from our Driver Power survey where owners tell us what they think about the cars they own – it all feeds into the Carbuyer verdicts.       

Carbuyer best cars lists

If you haven’t yet narrowed your choice of new car down to a few possible models, our ‘best cars’ lists are the perfect tool to help you construct that shortlist. In these pages we rank our top models in all the major car market sectors and price ranges, plus many other criteria – from specific use cases to desirable features. 

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If you want to explore the best small SUVs, the best used cars under £10,000, the best cars with seven seats or the best cars for dog owners, Carbuyer has a best cars list for you.
 

Carbuyer car news

If you’re in the market for a new or used car, it’s important to keep on top of the latest developments. Perhaps the new model you're considering is about to be replaced and there’s potential to negotiate a bigger discount from the dealer. Or maybe there's a new engine option that would suit you, or upcoming changes to the UK’s company car tax framework that might prompt you to consider a different model. At Carbuyer we bring you the news that matters to car buyers first and explain why it matters in simple terms.

Carbuyer tips and advice

Our tips and advice section includes everything you need to choose, buy, run and sell your car, saving time, money and effort. Our experts have compiled detailed guides on everything from negotiating the price of a car and arranging finance, to car insurance, maintenance and paying your road tax. When the time comes to sell we can help you get the best price while avoiding the scams, too.

About us: meet the Carbuyer team

There's a large and highly experienced team of car journalists behind the content you read on Carbuyer. Here they are... 

Carbuyer editorial

Paul Barker

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Paul has been a motoring journalist since 2000, working across both consumer and business titles. He has also written freelance articles for a host of national newspapers and major titles. Paul joined parent company Carwow in 2022 as Managing Editor and now also oversees Auto Express, Carbuyer and Driving Electric. He’s a father of two, a keen cyclist and holds a season ticket at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Andy Goodwin

Andy has been a motoring journalist for over a decade and he’s now the managing editor of Carbuyer. He looks after the day-to-day running of the website, deciding which news topics are covered and making sure our hundreds of review and advice articles are kept up to date. His goal is to ensure anyone visiting the site can find easy-to-understand information on the car or topic they are researching. He’s driven hundreds of different vehicles, so he can quickly tell the difference between a car that will delight its owner and one that will go straight to the bottom of the heap in our Driver Power survey.

Charlie Harvey

Charlie is a content editor at Carbuyer, working predominantly on our car reviews and advice articles. He can speak five languages and has lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, but returned to the UK to pursue his passion of writing about cars. He’s a particular fan of rare Japanese models, and is now the proud owner of both a Nissan Stagea and a very brown 1980s Toyota Corolla.

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Tom Gumbrell

Focused on news and advice across the Carbuyer site, Tom is fanatical about cars and understanding how they work, but he’s also got a real knack of explaining them clearly and without jargon. He’s especially interested in the latest product news, technology and finding the best deals on new and used cars.

Steve Walker

Steve has been a consumer car journalist for over 20 years and currently oversees the Carbuyer website as well as those of sister brands Auto Express, Driving Electric, evo and BuyaCar. He’s focused on making sure every page on Carbuyer is as useful as possible for people looking to choose their next car, or get the maximum out of the one they’ve got. With a young family at home, he’s no stranger to issues faced by family car buyers in particular - from fitting child seats and USB charging socket allocation to removing felt tip drawings of Minecraft characters from interior trim.
 

Carbuyer road test team

John McIlroy

John started out working as a motorsport journalist in 1995 with a particular passion rallying. He reported on the WRC until 2003, when he became editor of Autosport. A switch to production cars followed in 2004, and John has been writing reviews on the latest new cars ever since.

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Alex Ingram

Alex started working on Carbuyer’s sister title Auto Express in  2018, producing car news, drives and  features. His career kicked off at Carwow in 2014 and now he’s bringing his extensive expertise and knowledge of the car market to Carbuyer. Alex spends a lot of time group testing cars to put new models that arrive onto the market up against their key rivals in tests all over the UK. These back-to-back drives really shine a light on the qualities that each car has in relation to the alternatives and reveal which models offer the most value to car buyers in each class.  

Dean Gibson

Dean was involved with the original launch of Carbuyer in 2010, and has been a regular contributor to the site since then. With 18 years of experience under his belt, Dean has a vast pool of knowledge to help guide people to the right buying choice, and is proud to claim that family and friends have taken his advice, bought cars that he has recommended and been happy with their purchases. He’s also an expert on vans and pick-ups, and has driven and ridden everything from small electric scooters, classic sports cars, superbikes and even 44-tonne articulated lorries.
 

How can you get involved?

The Carbuyer team have the expertise and experience to bring you the best car buying advice every day, but we always value your help. There are all kinds of ways that you can get involved with Carbuyer and give fellow motorists the benefit of your experience, too.

Our on-site owner reviews give you the chance to offer your opinion on the car you own, telling everyone what you like, what you don’t, and what, if anything, has gone wrong. Our Driver Power survey is the next step on from an owner review where you can give a more detailed appraisal of the experience you’ve had with your car, contributing to the UK’s number one car customer satisfaction survey.

Of course, if you feel there are areas of the site that could be improved or have any other suggestions, we'd be delighted to hear your feedback via our social channels on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or drop us an email at hello@carbuyer.co.uk.

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