Car ownership

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
What is a V5C? Here’s everything you need to know about the logbook
V5C close up
Tips and advice
22 Jul 2021

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

The V5C is an important piece of documentation about your car. Our guide explains what it is and when you might need it
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
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
Most reliable cars
Volvo XC40 driving
Best cars
7 May 2021

Most reliable cars

We detail the 10 most reliable cars on sale today, so read on to find out which models you can depend on most.
Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF): what you need to know
Smoky exhaust pipe
Tips and advice
6 May 2021

Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF): what you need to know

All modern diesel cars are fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). We explain what it is, why your car needs one and about DPF cleaning
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
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 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?
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
What to do if you misfuel your car
Tips and Advice
21 Jul 2020

What to do if you misfuel your car

It's a more common mistake than you think, but what do you need to do if you put petrol in your diesel car?
Apple CarPlay: everything you need to know
Tips and Advice
10 Jul 2020

Apple CarPlay: everything you need to know

What does Apple CarPlay do? How does it work? What is it for? We answer these questions and more
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
All you need to know about: dipped headlights
Tips and Advice
24 Jun 2020

All you need to know about: dipped headlights

Do you know which lights you should be using when it gets dark? Here’s our quick guide to the use of dipped beam headlights
FordPass Connect explained
Ford
15 Jun 2020

FordPass Connect explained

The FordPass app and FordPass Connect modem add many useful features to your car
Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained
Vauxhall
4 Jun 2020

Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment touchscreen explained

Vauxhall’s multimedia touchscreen system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; here’s how it works
Best trolley jacks to buy
Tips and Advice
29 May 2020

Best trolley jacks to buy

For tackling DIY work on your car, a decent trolley jack is worth its weight in gold. We find the best to buy