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Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

Electric or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Sold Every Seven Minutes

The UK EV market grew by 21% in 2019 with more than 72,000 new plug-in cars registered in the UK – that’s one registered every seven minutes.

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

What's the best way to sell your car? - Part-exchange vs Private Sale

Just like buying, there are a number of different ways to sell your current car. Many of us opt for the simple route, which is to simply part-exchange / trade it in when buying or leasing our next car. Whilst this is very convenient, you can sometimes actually get as much as 10-15% more if you sold it privately instead.

Review: Mini Cooper 5 Door

Review: Mini Cooper 5 Door

The modern BMW-owned MINI hatch has grown exponentially since its introduction in late 2000. But, along with that growth has come increased maturity, to the extent that it now feels and drives like a sub-compact BMW.

Safest cars revealed by Euro NCAP - Best of the Best in class 2019

Safest cars revealed by Euro NCAP - Best of the Best in class 2019

2019 was a fantastic year for car safety, and Euro NCAP has highlighted the Best of the Best in class for 2019

Sony Vision-S All-Electric Concept Car

Sony Vision-S All-Electric Concept Car

The Sony Vision-S concept car has been unveiled at CES to showcase the firm’s latest vehicle safety and infotainment innovations.

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

For traditional petrol and diesel vehicle drivers, it’s usually a fairly simple choice to decide where to fill up your motor; generally it’s the nearest petrol station. But for electric vehicle drivers the choice is not so simple; largely due to the multitude of different charging options available.

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

Can Britain's Charging Infrastructure Support the Growth of Electric Vehicles?

The International Energy Agency is aiming to increase the share of electric vehicles globally to 30% by 2030 and many national governments working to create an enabling environment for the adoption of electric vehicles, it seems like the electric car revolution is here to stayhere to stay.

Review: MG ZS Electric

Review: MG ZS Electric

The MG ZS EV offers interesting styling, plenty of equipment, ease of driving, reasonable quality and a seven-year warranty on both the battery and the car.

Review: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Review: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

As facelifts go, this is much more than just a nip and tuck. Land Rover takes a clutch of knives to its most popular medium-sized SUV and the result is so impressive, you can barely see the cut lines.

Review: Nissan Leaf e+

Review: Nissan Leaf e+

The Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market battery-only electric vehicle (BEV) and it remains the best-selling BEV in history with more than 460,000 units sold worldwide. The Nissan LEAF has won about every award for green cars - including the World Green Car Award - twice.

Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

All in all, the XC60 stacks up very well as a capable and safe family SUV of the highest quality. Review: Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

Review: Audi RS5 Sportback

The Audi RS5 Sportback is a fast five-door hatchback that's an alternative to more traditional super-saloons like the BMW M3, Mercedes C63 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde.

When is the best time to buy a car?

When is the best time to buy a car?

Often, the decision to buy our next car is one that is thrust upon us by unforeseen circumstances; a broken down banger or sudden vehicle theft, for example. Occasionally, however, we may be lucky enough to plan ahead and choose when we want to make that all-too-precious upgrade to our next car.

Review: Tesla Model 3

Review: Tesla Model 3

Few electric cars have caused as much of a furore as the Tesla Model 3. It’s been teased and talked about, previewed and – not least – plagued by production issues that have seen the European launch date pushed back repeatedly.

Preparing your vehicle for winter

Preparing your vehicle for winter

When summer has bowed out for another year and the leaves have started to fall, it’s time to think about preparing your car for the winter. The number of breakdowns soares in winter as most drivers are ill-prepared for the changing conditions. Even in the UK’s rather temperate climate, there are still some top tips you can follow to make sure you are ready for when winter finally comes.

Should you lease or buy your next car? - PCH vs PCP

Should you lease or buy your next car? - PCH vs PCP

Whether to buy a new car or lease one can often be a difficult decision. It’s difficult to know which offers the best investment, and which is best suited to your individual circumstances. We discuss the differences between them.

Why you should get your vehicle serviced regularly

Why you should get your vehicle serviced regularly

We all know getting your vehicle serviced is time consuming, laborious and, of course, expensive. It can often be tempting to keep putting it off. After all, it's not compulsory like an MOT. But does that mean we can ignore it altogether?

What is Blackbox car insurance?

What is Blackbox car insurance?

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to car insurance, and it seems everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon; blackbox car insurance, also known as telematics. But what is blackbox car insurance, and how can it save you money?

Why you should buy a dash cam for your vehicle

Why you should buy a dash cam for your vehicle

With advances in modern technology and video recording equipment, buying a dash is now fairly reasonably priced and a growing trend throughout the UK. We look at how you may be able to benefit from buying one.

Why you should always buy a vehicle tracking device

Why you should always buy a vehicle tracking device

Despite revolutions in car technology and security, vehicle theft is still on the rise. Installing a tracking device for your vehicle is one of the most reliable ways to keep it secure. With advances in modern technology too, it’s cheaper than it has ever been before.