Automotive Advice & Guides
Whether you’re a new driver or have never been involved in a car crash before, knowing what to do after an accident is crucial. Within this article, we’ll guide you through all the essential steps to ensure you’re properly covered in the event of a car accident.
In the unfortunate event of a car accident, prompt action is crucial. To ensure your claim is dealt with efficiently and smoothly, our article explores the essential details on reporting timelines and the parties you should inform after the car accident.
Feeling tired behind the wheel can be very dangerous and if tiredness strikes, you should always pull over and take a break. However, is sleeping in your car even legal in the UK? Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know.
The UK boasts a vibrant motorsport scene with diverse race tracks scattered across its picturesque landscapes. From historic circuits to cutting-edge facilities, each track offers a unique racing experience and below are 15 that we recommend visiting.
3D and 4D number plates have become very popular and it’s a modification that anyone can do to their car, van or motorbike. Within this article, we discuss the differences between the two as well as whether they are road legal and will pass an MOT.
Automatic car washes have revolutionised the way we clean our cars as they offer convenience and efficiency. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know with regards to how to use them and whether or not they are bad for your car.
When you are ready to begin learning to drive in your own car, you must display L plates to legally drive on the road. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know regarding L plates and where to put them on your car.
Driving alone for the first time after passing your test is where you’ll continue to learn and also gain more independent driving experience. However, to let other road users know that you are a new driver, you have the option to display P plates.
In the UK, car registration numbers have gone through three different styles over the years, which includes suffix, prefix and the “new style”. Each style represents a specific period and provides valuable information about a vehicle’s age. To help you determine the car registration years for each style, we have provided tables below of each.
Whether you were flashed by a fixed camera or you drove by a mobile speed camera too quickly, you may be wondering how long it takes for a speeding ticket to come through. Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know regarding speeding tickets.
New, unknown noises from your car can be frustrating as well as concerning and you can usually hear these noises when accelerating at low speed. Within this article, we discuss the most common causes of noises that you may hear whilst accelerating at low speed.
Turbochargers and superchargers are two popular methods of boosting the performance of a car but do you know the differences between the two? Within this article, we discuss both performance upgrades in detail to help you decide which is best for you.
Whether you need to transport a supercar or a barn find, the cost to transport a car can vary up and down the country. Within this article, we walk you through what goes into safely transporting a car as well as how much you can expect to pay.
Whether you drive a small 3 cylinder hatchback or a tuned twin turbo V8 coupe, you may be wondering what horsepower the engine produces. Within this article, we walk you through what horsepower is and how to find out the horsepower of your car.
The Black Mountain Pass (A4069) is a popular road in Wales that sweeps through the valleys with lots of twists and turns. As a team, it’s our favourite driving road to visit and in this article, we discuss the road in detail based upon our own experience.
Rufford Ford is a location that’s become very popular over the last year and you may have seen many viral videos of drivers wrecking their cars as they cross it. Within this article, we discuss the Ford in detail as well as why it has become so popular all of a sudden.
Remapping your car’s engine is a cheap yet highly effective way of tuning your car and it’s achieved by modifying the ECU. Most engines can see a significant increase in performance from a remap and below we walk you through everything you need to know.
Every petrol and diesel powered vehicle will have a battery and as it’s a service item, after a number of years, it’ll need replacing. After installing your new battery, you may be wondering how to dispose of your old one but below we walk you through your options.
An MOT is a requirement of any car that’s over three years old and it can be done in as little as 45 to 60 minutes. However, if there are any dangerous or major defects found during the MOT, the length of time it takes to get your MOT certificate can be a lot longer.
If your car has failed its MOT, you’ll be told by the tester the reason why it failed and potentially how to fix it. However, the question we get asked a lot is if you can drive your car after it fails an MOT and in this article, we discuss everything you need to know.
Unlike other services offered by garages, the maximum cost of an MOT is set by the DVLA and it depends upon the type of vehicle that’s being tested. As all cars that are three years or older require an MOT, it’s in your interest to ensure that you aren’t paying too much.
Chameleon tint has become a very popular modification and depending upon the colour of the film, it’ll change depending upon the angle, lighting, temperature and weather. Therefore, it never looks the same but the big question is whether or not it’s legal.
A common misconception that many people assume is that your car’s log book (V5C) is proof of ownership but this isn’t the case. Within this article, we walk you through what is proof of ownership of a car and the difference between the registered keeper and owner.
Losing your car’s V5C is far more common than you think but if you need to sell your car, you may be wondering if it’s even possible without a log book. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know with regards to selling a car without a log book.
While it may seem easy to come up with a price for your number plate, there are several factors that determine how much it’s worth. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know and how to determine a realistic value for your private plate.
A great way to make extra money before selling or scrapping your car is to sell your private number plate. Within this article, we walk you through the entire process of selling your number plate as well as our top tips based upon our experience.
A common question that often gets asked with regards to private plates is what happens to your old number plate when you change it? Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know about your original plates after you’ve put a private plate on your car.
Treating yourself to a private number plate is a great way to personalise your car and assigning the registration is very straightforward to do. Within this article, we walk you through the entire process required in order for you to put your private plate on your car.
Whether you want to put your private number plate on retention to use at a later date or assign it to another vehicle, it can all be achieved online or by post. Within this article, we walk you through all the steps required to remove a private number plate from your car.
A car’s log book is often referred to as a V5C and it’s a document required by the DVLA that tracks the registration and taxation history of a certain car. Every car registered in the UK has a log book and within this article, we discuss everything that you need to know.
Losing your car’s log book (V5) may cause you to panic but you shouldn’t because getting a replacement is fairly straightforward. Within this article, we walk you through what you should do if you’ve lost your log book and how to get a new one.
Taxing your car using your V11 reminder or log book is relatively straightforward but how do you tax a car without a V5? Within this article, we walk you through the entire process.
A car facelift is designed to boost the interest in a model that was initially released a few years ago with a number of unique tweaks. Within this article, we discuss car facelifts in greater detail along with whether you should spend the extra to get the upgraded model.
Headlight and rear light tinting is a modification that’s become very popular in the UK and it can completely transform your car. However, not all car light tint is legal because it may not pass an MOT inspection and this is what makes it a questionable modification.
Whether you’ve bought a car privately or from a dealer, if you have not received the V5C (log book), you may be wondering if it’ll ever turn up. However, within this article, we walk you through the process of what you should do if your log book hasn’t arrived.
A SORN refers to a “Statutory Off Road Notification” and it’s used to inform the DVLA that a vehicle isn’t being used on the public road. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know with regards to completing a SORN on your car.
Selling your car privately can be a daunting prospect for many people but thanks to the internet, it’s now a lot easier to sell your car than it used to be. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know to ensure the private sale goes smoothly.
Once you’ve sold a vehicle, you’ll want to transfer the ownership as soon as possible and you can do so online by completing a form on the DVLA website. It takes just a few minutes to complete and within this article, we walk you through the entire process.
Checking that your car is insured and taxed has been made far more easier than it once was thanks to the internet. All that’s required is your car’s registration number to check the status of the tax and insurance and we show you exactly how to do it for free.
Whether you are towing a horse box, caravan, boat or a car upon a trailer, it’s crucial that you don’t exceed your car’s towing capacity. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know with regards to what your car can safely and legally tow.
Whether you have a fast or slow puncture, your tyre can be repaired at a small cost as long as the damage is within the central three quarters of the tyre. However, to ensure you get a safe and reasonably priced puncture repair, below is everything you need to know.
Whether you want to tow a car, boat, caravan, trailer, bike rack or anything else, you’ll need to fit a tow bar to your car. Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know about tow bars such as the different types, fitting, electrics and so much more.
Catalytic converter theft is a growing problem in the UK because they contain valuable metals and can be removed in less than a minute. Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know regarding the theft and what you can do to prevent it.
Electronic handbrakes have overtaken the traditional handbrake lever in popularity over the last few years and they are designed to make life easier for drivers. However, if its your first time using an electronic handbrake, you may have many questions to ask.
ESP on a car refers to the Electronic Stability Programme and it uses a number of sensors to detect a loss in traction, which makes it a true game-changer in car safety. Within this article, we discuss ESP in further detail and why its become mandatory in modern cars.
High mileage cars are often avoided by many people but a car with high miles that’s been well-maintained can sometimes be the better buy. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know about high mileage cars as well as what to look out for.
Whether your car is beyond repair, has high mileage, is damaged or is impossible to sell as a whole car, it may be more profitable to break it and sell the parts. Within this article, we walk you through the entire process of selling cars for parts from start to finish.
When a car becomes uneconomical to keep on the road due to the constant repair work it requires, you may want to consider scrapping it. In this article, we walk you through the entire process of how to scrap a car and the prices you can expect from the scrapyard.
Whether you have an attachment to a certain car you once owned or you are simply curious to find out what happened to an old car, you may be able to trace it. Within this article, we show you a number of methods you can use to find your old car online.
Online car buying sites have seen a huge surge in popularity and it has never been easier to research and buy your next car. Within this article, we list some of the best used car websites in the UK that are guaranteed to steer you in the right direction.
If your car is struggling to start on its own, you can give it a helping hand by spraying Easy Start into the air intake for a couple of seconds. Whether your car is petrol or diesel powered, it can be used on all engines and below we show you exactly how to use it.
Finding the best place to sell your car is crucial to the success of the sale and luckily, there are plenty of sites to choose from. Within this article, we walk you through the best car selling sites in the UK that include classifieds, auctions and car buying services.
Whether you are buying your car from a dealer or privately, it’s always worth trying to negotiate the car’s price so that you get the best possible deal. Within this article, we walk you through how to haggle for a used car with our tips that have proven very successful.
If you aren’t pleased with your valuation from We Buy Any Car or you are simply curious to see what the alternatives offer, within this article we roundup a list of our recommended We Buy Any Car alternatives to help you sell your car for the best price.
We Buy Any Car has been around for many years now and according to the brand, they’ve bought over 2 million cars so far in the UK. Within this article, we discuss everything you need to know as well as our independent review from selling multiple cars to the brand.
If you are anything like us, we spend hours watching videos from our favourite car YouTubers everyday and we are always on the look out for more videos to watch. Below you can find some of our favourite car YouTube channels that we are subscribed to.
Car wrapping has exploded in popularity over the last few years and it’s a great way to make your car standout from the crowd with a unique design. However, the cost to wrap a car varies throughout the UK and below we discuss all the factors that go into the pricing.
Installing a roof rack to your car allows you to carry a whole range of items but it’s important that you do so correctly. Whether you are carrying your family’s holiday luggage or a sofa, we walk you through how a load should be carried on a roof rack.
Fuel injectors are found in the majority of petrol and diesel cars and if they aren’t operating correctly, they can cause several issues. Whether the injector is leaking, clogged or simply faulty, below are some of the symptoms of bad fuel injectors.
Your car’s tyres are the only contact you have with the road whilst driving and it’s crucial that you check their condition on a regular basis. Uneven tyre wear is usually the most common defect and we discuss what causes excessive or uneven tyre wear below.
Installing a set of roof racks to your car comes with multiple benefits but they do introduce some drawbacks due to the added wind resistance. Within this article, we discuss how a roof rack may affect your car and how to minimise the drawbacks.
Although most modern head units allow you to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, those that feature Android Auto or Apple CarPlay give you access to many more features. Below we discuss both platforms in detail along with their differences.
Whilst setting up your car cleaning equipment ready to wash your car, you may be thinking about whether or not you need to wash your car with hot or cold water. Within this article, we discuss the pros and cons of each and whether it makes a difference.
When there is damage to your windscreen, it can obscure your view of the road and even be the reason your car fails its MOT. Whether you need your windscreen repaired or replaced, we discuss the cost of both and which is the most cost effective.
Alloy wheels are often the main feature of a car and when they are damaged, they can standout and be a real nuisance. Below we discuss the process alloy wheels go through during a refurbishment and the approximate cost that you may be expected to pay.
Whether your car requires an interim or full service, it will need to have its oil and filter changed. Within this article, we walk you through what’s involved and how much an oil change may cost by a local independent garage or a dealer.
An engine mount is constructed of both metal and rubber and is designed to fix the engine to the subframe as well as absorb any shocks or vibrations. Most cars have 3 or 4 engine mounts and below we explain everything that you need to know.
A lambda sensor is used to measure the oxygen in your exhaust fumes and ensure the engine is running smoothly with the correct air-to-fuel ratio. However, they can become problematic and within this article, we explain everything that you need to know.
Brake fluid is a major component of any car braking system and you’ll want to ensure it’s changed regularly, which is usually every two years. To help increase your knowledge, below is our complete guide regarding brake fluid.
A timing belt and timing chain are both used to synchronize certain aspects of the engine such as the crankshaft, camshaft, piston and valves. Although they both perform the same task, there are many differences as we discuss below.
Whilst searching for a second hand car, you may comes across several that have been written off at very tempting prices. If they’ve been involved in an accident, they’ll likely be categorised as a Cat S or Cat N but we discuss all the car categories in detail below.
If you drive a modern diesel vehicle, it will more than likely require AdBlue in order to reduce its NOx emissions. However, those that are new to modern diesels may be thinking, what is AdBlue? Our below guide explains everything you need to know.
One of the easiest ways to instantly improve the performance of your car is to use a tuning box that can be installed yourself or have your car professionally remapped. Below we discuss the pro’s and con’s of remapping your car or installing a tuning box.
When it comes to lowering your car, the choice of coilovers or lowering springs are the most popular options. Whether you want a slammed stance look or a subtle drop in ride height, we discuss the pros and cons of each setup.
An engine management light (often referred to as a check engine light) is present on most modern cars and it can be something minor or major. Below you will find everything you need to know, what causes it and how to reset the light.
Whilst you are shopping around for car seats for your child, you may come across the term ISOFIX but what exactly is it? In short, it’s an attachment point built into the car rather than the seat belt and below, we discuss the system in detail.
The air conditioning system within your car requires recharging at least every two years in order to maintain optimum performance. The air con recharge cost varies from garage to garage but most offer a fixed priced for R134A and R1234YF gas.
To keep your car running at its optimum performance all-year round, you should typically get it serviced on an annual basis or once its reached certain milestones. However, how much is a car service and where should you go for the best deal?
Tinting your car’s windows is a popular modification and also an optional extra from the factory. If you are new to the world of car window tinting, below is an in-depth guide covering everything that you need to know.
Swirl marks are ultra fine scratches upon the surface of the clear coat that’s caused by improper washing and drying techniques. They’re an eyesore to any detailing enthusiasts but are easily removed with the correct products and technique.
Limp mode is a preventative measure that a car uses to avoid further damage to the engine or transmission when there is a fault. Also known as “limp home mode”, it’s main purpose is to get you to safe place or garage using limited performance.
Attempting to identify future classic cars in today’s market is a hard task but it’s certainly one that can pay off. Whether you want a hot hatch, luxury barge or two seater sports car, our guide should help steer you into the correct direction.
Respraying your car isn’t as simple as you would think and it requires hours of preparation before any paint reaches the bodywork. In this article, we discuss why the car respray cost may be high and the various factors involved with the pricing.
As the world moves towards electric cars, there are many companies and enthusiasts carrying out electric car conversions on classic cars. As you’d expect, this involves removing a large majority of the car’s original components and we discuss all below.
Unless you bought your car new from the factory, you may not know the exact colour of your car. Within this article, we breakdown the various methods of finding the colour code and other details of the paintwork of your car.
Many people that are new to detailing often confuse a car polish and wax as the same product. However, they are very different because polishes eliminate imperfections whereas waxes protect and enhances the paintwork.
Biodiesel can be produced from straight vegetable oil, waste cooking oil or even animal fats and when converted it can be used as an alternative fuel. This isn’t only great for the environment but also saves you plenty of money in the long run too.