Car Advice

What is an electronic handbrake?

No more straining to pull up a lever: cars with an electronic handbrake require just the press of a button, but aren't to everyone's taste

Audi engine codes: what they mean

The Audi engine naming system can be complex to understand. What does 35 TFSI mean? Here's our guide to Audi engine codes

Best place to buy a used car

Buy online or visit a dealership? Weigh up the pros and cons before deciding the best place buy a used car

Buying a used car: tips and advice

Get the best deal you can when you're buying a used car. Maximise your budget, fulfil your needs and enjoy the ride

How do self driving cars work?

Find out how driverless cars work by using the technology in cars that are on sale today

What is car paint protection?

Keep your car looking factory-fresh with paint protection; it’ll be easier to clean and could also save you time and money

VAT on cars: how much is it?

Baffled by VAT on cars? Find out if you could reclaim tax on your car in our full guide to who pays VAT and how much it costs

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.

Car number plates explained

What number plates mean and buying a personalised plate: the full guide

What is BMW xDrive?

Not sure what BMW xDrive is or whether it's worth paying extra for? Read on to find out all the pros and cons

How to drive an automatic car

Everything you need to know about driving an automatic car, including how they work, the different types and why to choose one

What is a full service history?

A full service history means a used car has been serviced on time every time, but how do you know whether a car really has a full history?

The London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) explained

Here are all the details around the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (or ULEZ). Find out if you’re affected and how to avoid charges

What is a CVT gearbox and are they any good?

Curious oddity or hidden gem? Let’s take a closer look at what a CVT transmission really is

UK car insurance groups explained

Insurance costs are a key part of car ownership. Find out what they are and how they affect the cost of your insurance

Automatic vs manual gearboxes: which is best?

Get to know your DCT from your CVT: read on to understand whether an automatic or manual gearbox is best for you

Extended car warranty: is it worth it?

Is it worth taking out an extended car warranty? See our full guide and prices

What is a plug-in hybrid car?

Hybrids blend petrol or diesel and electric power for lower emissions while plug-in hybrids have larger batteries and greater electric range

Is my car ULEZ compliant?

With the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) now covering all of Greater London, how can you be certain that your car is ULEZ-exempt?

What are residual values?

Residual values show how much a car will be worth over time, influencing PCP finance payments and how much buyers get back when they sell