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Andy Goodwin

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles, from Fords to Ferraris, all over the UK and Europe. He's happiest behind the wheel of a hot hatch on one of his favourite roads in the Peak District, or packing an estate for a road trip to the mountains. He joined the Carbuyer team in 2017, before which he has written for many titles including Auto TraderTop GearThe TelegraphDiesel & Eco Car and Recombu Cars.

Andy says…

“At Carbuyer, we’re passionate about cars and want to give our readers the best buying tips, news insights and advice possible. That’s especially true now, as we witness the switch to electric and hybrid cars – charging up instead of filling up – and advanced new technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI). In a world of startups and pre-orders, it’s a more important time than ever for expert human advice.”   

Andy Goodwin’s expertise and interests

  • Car reviews
  • Electric cars
  • SUVs
  • City cars and superminis
  • Hot hatchbacks
  • New car news

Andy’s top tips for car buyers

  1. While having a favourite model is great, you should keep an open mind when buying a new car and look for the best finance deals instead. PCP deals with large manufacturer discounts, deposit contributions or 0% APR interest can make a huge difference to how much it will cost you, and drastically alter your shopping list.
  2. There’s a tendency to fixate on the driving range of EV models, but most people aren’t travelling hundreds of miles in a single sitting. Work out how many miles you typically drive per week, pick an EV with speedy charging, and you may find a smaller battery and range figure isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.
  3. SUVs are in vogue, but not everyone needs such a big vehicle. Take a test drive of a supermini or hatchback, and you might be surprised how much easier it is to park, and much more fun it is to drive. Small cars are good value and come loaded with kit nowadays. They’re cheap to run, and can often punch above their weight.

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"The MX-5 combines usability, driving fun and dependability to make it one of the most engaging convertibles on the road"
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"The MX-5 combines usability, driving fun and dependability to make it one of the most engaging convertibles on the road"
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“The GWM Ora 03 isn’t without its flaws, but it’s still a more compelling small EV than you might think”
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