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Whatcar.com's most useful advice articles, as chosen by you during the past year...

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Jimi Beckwith
31 Dec 2015 07:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

We like to be helpful here at What Car?, dishing out advice to potential car buyers whenever we can, about everything you need to know. 

What is a CAT D car? 

As the number of cars on the road increases, in turn so do the amount of accidents, and the number of previously written-off and repaired insurance Category D cars on the used market. They can offer enticing bargains, but caution must be taken when considering them. Our guide will help you avoid the pitfalls.

Buying a car

A beginner’s guide to buying a car – everything you need to take into consideration lies within. From valuing your own car to calculating and dealing with the almost inevitable depreciation at any price point, our advice ensures you find the process as enjoyable as possible.

How to negotiate a car sale

The British are often considered poor hagglers, with the prospect of negotiation on price leaving many cringing. Our guide on negotiating to the perfect price will help you stay calm and confident during even the hardest of sells. It’s time to leave your cringe reflex at home.

Car finance explained 

Even experienced buyers can be flummoxed by finance deals. There's an entire language of jargon that's guaranteed to confuse buyers. We cut through the jargon and break down the types of finance deal so you can make the right choice. 

How much is my car worth? 

A crucial part of any car sale is the getting the right price. Set it too low and you’re short-changing yourself, too high and you’ll struggle to attract a buyer. With our help, you can price your car perfectly, so you can get its exact worth without pricing yourself out of a quick and fair sale.

Should I buy a new or used car?

Buying a car is one of the biggest financial decisions you’re likely to make, and choosing unwisely can mean considerable out-of-pocket expense. Making the choice between new and used depends on a number of factors, so we make it easy for you to decide what’s right for you.

Do I choose petrol or diesel? 

Again, this depends upon a number of factors, and if you make the wrong decision it can leave you unsatisfied with your car and out of pocket. With our guide, choosing the most suitable engine type needn’t be a stressful or time-consuming decision.

Road tax bands 

Since the car industry became more emission-conscious, road tax bands have been a hot topic – and even a selling point for car manufacturers. We provide all the facts you need, and none of the jargon you don’t, to help you through a sometimes taxing (sorry) issue.

Help me find a car 

If you’re really stuck, we can even help you choose a car. Our brief breakdown of the entire industry – every segment, its strengths and who it’s popular with – will steer you to your perfect car in no time at all.