Car ownership

Apple CarPlay: compatible cars, how it works and how to get it
Apple CarPlay screen
Tips and advice
13 Oct 2021

Apple CarPlay: compatible cars, how it works and how to get it

What is the Apple CarPlay app? How does it work? Can CarPlay be wireless? We answer these questions and more
Diesel Particulate Filters: what is a DPF and which cars come with one?
Smoky exhaust pipe
Tips and advice
13 Oct 2021

Diesel Particulate Filters: what is a DPF and which cars come with one?

All modern diesel cars are fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). We explain what it is, why your car needs one and how to keep it maintained.…
What is a V5C? Here’s everything you need to know about the log book
V5C close up
Tips and advice
27 Sep 2021

What is a V5C? Here’s everything you need to know about the log book

The V5C is an important piece of documentation about your car. Our guide explains what it is and when you might need it
Main dealer car servicing – a complete guide
Main dealer car servicing
Car ownership
19 Aug 2021

Main dealer car servicing – a complete guide

Have questions about main dealer car servicing? We explain what it is and why it’s important for your car
What to do if you misfuel your car
What to do if you misfuel your car
Car ownership
18 Aug 2021

What to do if you misfuel your car

Misfuelling is a mistake that happens more than you might think. We explain what you need to do if you accidentally put the wrong fuel in your car
What is ESP on a car?
What is ESP?
Car ownership
18 Aug 2021

What is ESP on a car?

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is a life-saving piece of technology. We explain what it is and how it works.
Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained
Vauxhall Adam infotainment system
Vauxhall
13 Aug 2021

Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained

Vauxhall’s multimedia touchscreen system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; here’s how it works
What is Mercedes Parktronic?
What is Mercedes Parktronic?
Mercedes
11 Aug 2021

What is Mercedes Parktronic?

Here’s everything you need to know about Mercedes’ Parktronic and Active Parking Assist systems
New car rights: can I reject my car?
New car rights: can I reject my car?
Car ownership
11 Aug 2021

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
Classic car tax exemption: explained
Classic car tax exemption
Car ownership
10 Aug 2021

Classic car tax exemption: explained

Here’s what you need to know about the UK’s 40-year classic car tax exemption
Car warranty: what you need to know
Car warranty: what you need to know
Car buying
10 Aug 2021

Car warranty: what you need to know

Whether you’re buying a new or used car, a decent warranty is essential to protect your purchase. Our guide explains how they work
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Your dashboard lights up with lots of symbols each time you start the car, but what do they mean – and what if one stays on?
What is BMW ConnectedDrive?
BMW ConnectedDrive
BMW
3 Aug 2021

What is BMW ConnectedDrive?

We explain everything you need to know about BMW ConnectedDrive and how much it costs
What is a DSG gearbox? Should I buy one?
What is a DSG?
Car buying
22 Jul 2021

What is a DSG gearbox? Should I buy one?

Also called twin-clutch or DCT gearboxes, a DSG automatic gearbox is offered on many cars now. But should you buy one over a manual?
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Car ownership
22 Jul 2021

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Has your amber engine warning light blinked into life on your dashboard? Don’t worry, there’s no need to panic!
How to spot a slow puncture and what to do if you have one
How to spot a slow puncture
Car ownership
22 Jul 2021

How to spot a slow puncture and what to do if you have one

Ignoring a slow puncture can be dangerous and costly. Read on for our top tips on spotting and fixing one
Car scratch repair: a complete guide
Car scratch repair: a complete guide
Tips and advice
14 Jul 2021

Car scratch repair: a complete guide

Small car scratches are unsightly while deep scratches can cause more damage if left unattended. Luckily many car scratch repairs can be done at home
Best dashboard cam apps to buy 2020
Dashcam apps
Car ownership
1 Jul 2021

Best dashboard cam apps to buy 2020

If you don’t want to fork out for a dash cam, your phone and a dashboard cam app can do the same job for almost no money
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
Tips and advice
23 Jun 2021

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
Towing with an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid - what you need to know
Towing with an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid
Tips and advice
21 Jun 2021

Towing with an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid - what you need to know

Considering an alternative-fuel tow car? Read our guide on towing a caravan or trailer with a hybrid or electric car
What is a catalytic converter?
Catalytic Converter
Tips and advice
19 May 2021

What is a catalytic converter?

All new cars have a catalytic converter, but what exactly is it? Carbuyer explains
Top 10 most reliable cars 2021
Volvo XC40 driving
Best cars
7 May 2021

Top 10 most reliable cars 2021

We detail the 10 most reliable cars on sale today, so read on to find out which models you can depend on most.
Ford EcoBlue diesel engines explained
Ford Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid driving - rear
Ford
21 Apr 2021

Ford EcoBlue diesel engines explained

We cover everything you need to know about Ford EcoBlue engines
What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?
Yellow Audi Q2
Audi
16 Apr 2021

What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?

We explain all you need to know about Audi TFSI engines
Most stolen cars of 2020 revealed
Ford Fiesta ST cornering
Car ownership
28 Jan 2021

Most stolen cars of 2020 revealed

Over 3,000 Ford Fiestas were pinched in 2020; we list the UK’s most stolen cars
Insurance costs could rise for premium cars
Mercedes S-Class saloon front 3/4 driving
News
20 Jan 2021

Insurance costs could rise for premium cars

New raw ‘uncapped’ insurance data could be used to raise premiums for BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Tesla owners
How to change a tyre
Car ownership
11 Jan 2021

How to change a tyre

Getting a puncture is inconvenient but our guide will help you change the wheel yourself
Coronavirus: what COVID-19 means for drivers and car buyers
coronavirus
5 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: what COVID-19 means for drivers and car buyers

The Coronavirus outbreak affects the car industry, motorists and car buyers: here’s what you need to know
How to avoid keyless entry car theft
Car ownership
21 Dec 2020

How to avoid keyless entry car theft

As cases of keyless car theft spike, find out how you can keep your car secure
How to jump start a car
Car ownership
14 Oct 2020

How to jump start a car

Car battery dead? Make sure you know how to jump-start a car safely with jump leads or push start your car
What is antifreeze? All about the coolant in your engine
Tips and Advice
5 Oct 2020

What is antifreeze? All about the coolant in your engine

Antifreeze – or coolant – plays an essential role in your car’s engine. We explain what it is and how to keep it topped up
How to check and top up your engine oil
Tips and Advice
2 Oct 2020

How to check and top up your engine oil

Engine oil should never be ignored. Let us show you how to check and top up your car’s oil
What is SORN? Statutory Off Road Notifications explained
Tips and Advice
23 Sep 2020

What is SORN? Statutory Off Road Notifications explained

If you plan to keep a car, but not take it on the road, you need to tell the DVLA it’s a SORN vehicle. But how does it work?
Guide to UK car registration plates
Tips and Advice
7 Sep 2020

Guide to UK car registration plates

Introduced in September 2001, we explain the UK’s current number plate system
MoT test extension ends on 1 August
News
30 Jun 2020

MoT test extension ends on 1 August

Cars due an MoT before 1 August will still be eligible for six-month extension