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  • What is VED (Vehicle Excise Duty)?

    VED - or car tax - is affected by a car’s age and its CO2 emissions. Find out what VED is and how much it costs with our guide to road tax

  • What is a Cat S car?

    If you look through many used car adverts, you might come across 'Category S' or 'Cat S' cars, but what are these and should you be wary?

  • What is AdBlue?

    Is your car telling you to top up your AdBlue? It could refuse to start if you don’t. Read what AdBlue is and how to top up

  • What is an approved used car?

    Ever seen 'approved used' cars for sale wondered what they are? Here's everything you need to know about these used cars with a difference

  • Cars with push button start

    A simple push of a start button is enough to get some cars started

  • What is Personal Contract Hire (PCH)?

    Want low monthly payments on a brand new car but don't want to own it? Personal Contract Hire - also known as leasing - could be for you

  • What is a Cat D car?

    Vehicles classed as ‘Cat D’ under the old write-off categorisation system can be temptingly cheap, but they aren’t without their risks

  • Government electric car grant: the complete guide

    All you need to know about the £1,500 government grant for electric vehicles (EVs) under £32,000, and which models are eligible

  • What is car leasing? Car leasing explained

    Leasing – where you effectively agree a long-term rental of a car – is one of the cheapest ways to get into a brand-new car

  • What is a mild hybrid car?

    A boost to fuel economy without the cost of a full hybrid car: why mild hybrid technology could well be coming to your next car.

  • What is a hybrid car and how do they work?

    Hybrid cars combine a battery and engine for fuel efficiency and long range. Here's the full guide

  • What is Hire Purchase (HP)?

    Want to own your car outright, but with affordable monthly instalments and no large final payment? Welcome to Hire Purchase (HP) finance