Buying a car at auction

You’ve got to know what you’re doing at a car auction; one scratch of the nose and you could end up bidding for a brown Metro with aqua go-faster stripes. Not a good look. On the other hand, you could pick up a real bargain: good wheels at a good price. You just need to […]

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Quick buying tips and your rights

“I found an ad for a VW Golf 1.6 in a copy of Auto Trader. It was all black, right down to the leather seats, and I knew it was the car for me,” says TV star James Corden. “My dad argued that £5,000 was too much to spend on a first car. So we […]

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How to buy second hand…

You don’t wanna buy a dodgy motor – damaged, stolen or a rust bucket. You can buy a second-hand motor from a car dealer, a private seller, at an auction or even online. If you buy from a dealer, by law you can expect some sort of guarantee. If it’s a private sale, you’ve got […]

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How to buy new…

So you’ve got the budget to buy new wheels. But what motor’s best for you and how do you get it at the best price? “I’ve always liked cars. I’ve bought a couple of expensive ones in my time,” says England rugby star Mark Cueto. “I bought an Audi TT sports car, which I had […]

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Why buying used is good…

Used cars can be a great purchase as long as you’re prepared for a few breakdowns and you know how to steer clear of skanky bangers. “If you have your heart set on a car, get it checked out by a proper mechanic,” says BBC sports presenter Manish Bhasin. “If it’s a bargain there is […]

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The lowdown on buying new

Unaffordable? A rip off? You might be surprised by the deals you get if you buy fresh off the car production line. “In the mid-Nineties I bought a new racing-blue BMW 3 Series soft top for £28,000. I drove away from the showroom feeling absolutely fantastic,” says Match Of The Day pundit Mark Lawrenson. “I […]

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Tips for buying a vehicle: new vs. old

Your first car is a massive purchase – probably your biggest so far. First up you need to decide between new and used, which isn’t just about how much you’re willing to spend. “My first car was a [Ford] Fiesta 1.3 Freestyle. It was like the beast of all cars,” says Manchester United and England […]

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How to check your tyres are safe

It’s a scary thought, but an estimated 36 per cent of all the tyres on the UK’s roads are dangerously underinflated. And when you consider that incorrectly inflated, bald or damaged tyres can lead to crashes and cost owners a fortune in wasted fuel, you realise just how important it is to keep your tyres […]

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How to check your oil

You might be surprised to hear that three quarters of all Brits don’t know how to check the oil in their car. And even more worryingly, half of drivers don’t know why oil is used in their car at all, according to new research from Mobil 1. The study also found 94 per cent of […]

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How to cut your insurance premiums

As a new driver, you’re seen as a high risk to insurance companies, and the insurance premiums you pay as a result can be astronomical. The main issue for younger drivers is your lack of experience and age – two things you can’t change. However, there are a number of changes you can make which […]

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