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Hugo Griffiths

As a car fan and ex-English teacher, consumer editor Hugo brings a love of cars and helpful advice to Carbuyer and Auto Express.
SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen: what’s the difference?
SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen brand comparison images
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SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen: what’s the difference?

Many car brands fall under the same ownership, including SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen. Here’s why and what it means for you
8 Sep 2021
What is cruise control and adaptive cruise control?
Cruise control stalk
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What is cruise control and adaptive cruise control?

In this guide, we explain cruise control, speed limiters and ‘adaptive’ cruise control and how they function
31 Aug 2021
How to test drive a car: top tips
How to test drive a car
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How to test drive a car: top tips

A test drive is a vital step in the car-buying process but there are some important points to remember. Here’s our advice on how to conduct a test dri…
23 Aug 2021
New car rights: can I reject my car?
New car rights: can I reject my car?
Car ownership

New car rights: can I reject my car?

Most new car purchases go smoothly, but if yours has gone wrong to the extent you wish to reject the car, we explain what your options are
11 Aug 2021
Should I buy an insurance write-off? Cat C, Cat D, Cat S and Cat N car explained
Cat D cars, Cat C & insurance write-offs: complete guide
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Should I buy an insurance write-off? Cat C, Cat D, Cat S and Cat N car explained

We explain the pros and cons of buying an insurance written-off car
23 Jun 2021
How to negotiate a car price: top tips
Car on sales forecourt
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How to negotiate a car price: top tips

Does the thought of haggling for the best new car price make you anxious? Read our guide and relax!
14 Jun 2021
Should you use a car wash?
Car wash pros and cons
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Should you use a car wash?

Is it safe to go down to the car wash? We explain the pros and cons of different car cleaning methods
11 Jun 2021
Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
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Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

With the UK’s charging infrastructure growing at a rapid rate, here’s what you need to know about charging stations
3 Jun 2021
How to buy or transfer a personalised number plate
Overfinch Range Rover - front
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How to buy or transfer a personalised number plate

Treasured, cherished or vanity – whatever they’re called, personalised number plates are big business. We explain all you need to know
26 May 2021
What are run-flat tyres?
Tyre cutout
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What are run-flat tyres?

Some carmakers fit run-flat tyres as standard to many of their vehicles. We explain the advantages and disadvantages
26 May 2021
Best way to finance a used car
2017 Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI
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Best way to finance a used car

There’s a huge range of finance deals available for buying used cars, so which is best for you? Our guide explains how each type works
18 May 2021
How to change a car battery
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How to change a car battery

Our guide to changing a car battery, with everything you need to know
13 Jan 2021
How to avoid car depreciation
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How to avoid car depreciation

Our guide to car depreciation gives you the lowdown on how to minimise this inevitable aspect of new or used car ownership
10 Jan 2021
Car breakdown: what to do to stay safe
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Car breakdown: what to do to stay safe

If your car breaks down, follow these rules to stay safe and get help as quickly as possible
26 Sep 2020
What are anti-lock brakes (ABS)?
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What are anti-lock brakes (ABS)?

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) have been required by law for more than a decade, so how do they work?
23 Sep 2020
Young driver insurance: getting a good deal
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Young driver insurance: getting a good deal

Young drivers are often quoted huge sums for car insurance. What can you do to reduce the costs?
23 Sep 2020
Buying a pre-registered car: top tips
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Buying a pre-registered car: top tips

Choosing a pre-registered car can save you lots of money, but what are the pros and cons?
14 Apr 2020
Car cameras: how cameras are making cars safer
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Car cameras: how cameras are making cars safer

From reversing cameras to night-vision systems, modern cars often come with a host of cameras to help keep you safe. We explain all
25 Mar 2020
Tyre tread depths explained
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Tyre tread depths explained

Our guide has all the information you need, whether you’re looking at new tyre tread depth or the legal minimum tyre tread depth
25 Mar 2020
Show me tell me questions explained
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Show me tell me questions explained

‘Show me, tell me’ questions are a part of your driving test. Our guide to the questions and answers tells you all you need to know
24 Mar 2020
Child car seat laws explained
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Child car seat laws explained

What are the current child seat regulations? Here we give you a complete rundown on what you need to know
24 Mar 2020
The Pass Plus Scheme: what is it, and is it worth taking?
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The Pass Plus Scheme: what is it, and is it worth taking?

Pass Plus is designed to make new drivers safer on the road; it could also help you get cheaper car insurance
24 Mar 2020
eCall explained
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eCall explained

Every new car now has eCall as mandatory equipment – but what is this system and how does it work?
24 Mar 2020
How do airbags work?
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How do airbags work?

We explain how airbags work and also give you the lowdown on the Takata airbag recall
24 Mar 2020
Laser wheel alignment explained
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Laser wheel alignment explained

If you notice a difference in the way your car drives, laser wheel alignment could hold the solution
24 Mar 2020
Driving in fog: top tips
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Driving in fog: top tips

Foglights and driving tips – everything you need to know about driving in fog
24 Mar 2020
Motability cars and scheme explained
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Motability cars and scheme explained

We explain the Motability scheme, including the Motability allowance and how to get Motability cars
24 Mar 2020
The world’s most expensive cars

The world’s most expensive cars

Our top 10 rundown details your options if money is no object when buying a new car
23 Mar 2020
The Consumer Rights Act and new cars
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The Consumer Rights Act and new cars

We explain your rights if something goes wrong when buying a new car
23 Mar 2020
Motorway driving tips: how to make smooth progress
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Motorway driving tips: how to make smooth progress

Check out our motorway driving tips if you're planning on making a long journey
23 Mar 2020
HP finance explained: what is hire purchase?
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HP finance explained: what is hire purchase?

Hire Purchase (HP) might now be a less popular way of financing a car than PCP deals, but HP still has its advantages
23 Mar 2020
Where to legally mount a sat nav
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Where to legally mount a sat nav

Find out the best place to mount your sat nav or smartphone in your car
23 Mar 2020
Dash cams: what are they and how do they work?
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Dash cams: what are they and how do they work?

More and more drivers are fitting dash cams to their cars. Our guide gives you the lowdown
23 Mar 2020
What are auto-hold brakes? We explain all
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What are auto-hold brakes? We explain all

Auto-hold brakes are simple and inexpensive, but the benefits they bring are disproportionately large
23 Mar 2020
Car auctions: how to bid and buy
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Car auctions: how to bid and buy

Our guide explains how buying from an auction can save you money when buying a used car
23 Mar 2020
Hazard perception test tips: how to pass
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Hazard perception test tips: how to pass

The hazard perception test was introduced make newly qualified drivers safer. Our guide explains what’s involved
23 Mar 2020