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Tom Gumbrell

From electric SUVs, to diesel estate cars, to hot hatches – Tom can tell you all about it. As a content editor for Carbuyer, Tom contributes to news, reviews and advice across the site, with a focus on deciphering the often complex world of car buying. His lifelong passion for cars, combined with his strong technical understanding of how they work, ensures that Tom can provide the information you need to make your next car buying decision as straightforward as possible.

Tom says…

“As a member of the Carbuyer editorial team, it’s my responsibility to provide readers with the information that matters. Whether it be advice on which car to buy next, tips for how to look after your car or deals to watch out for, we aim to give you reliable advice that you can trust, without the complex jargon.”

Tom Gumbrell’s expertise and interests:

Car market news
Latest automotive technologies
Family cars and SUVs
Great deals on new and used cars

Tom’s top tips for car buyers

  1. Look for cars that depreciate slowly. An unavoidable fact of buying a brand new car is that it begins to lose value from the moment you drive it off the forecourt. By doing your research and finding a particular model that is known to retain its value, you’ll end up saving money when the time comes to trade in.
  2. If you’re shopping for an electric car, don’t be afraid of the second-hand market. Whilst you may hear scare stories of batteries degrading, in reality, the average electric car battery only loses around 2.3% of its capacity per year. Manufacturers often have lengthy battery warranties in place too, so make sure the car you’re looking at is still covered in case anything were to go wrong. 
  3. If you’re buying a used car privately, make sure to use the Government’s online MoT history check tool. This free service allows you to input a vehicle’s registration number and view its MoT records dating back to 2005. Be wary of any advisories on the most recent MoT that the seller hasn’t mentioned.

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