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Buying a used car? Then know your consumer rights

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Whether buying a used car privately or through a dealership, it's important that you know your consumer rights to make sure you don't get stung.

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17 ways to save on van insurance

Transit driving

As all vans in the UK must be insured to use the roads, a big, competitive van insurance industry has sprung up to provide cover for these ever-present highway workhorses.

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A guide to pet insurance

Pet insurance

For many people, pets are part of the family. The sheer joy they bring to a home, plus the faithful companionship they offer, means that these furry friends soon become much loved by their keepers. That’s why, when a pet gets ill or injured, no time is wasted in getting to a vet.

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Pump my ride! Why petrol prices are sky high again author Carl Chamber's Carl Chambers laments as petrol prices pinch his purse strings...Hi there wannabe money savers! Whilst in my car this morning, the radio blurted out that the UK has emerged from 18 months’ of recession.

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10 cheaper car insurance tips for new drivers

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As all young drivers know, car insurance is pricey. This is because new drivers are, by definition, inexperienced and therefore more likely to get into a scrape. However, there are ways you can drive down the cost of cover.

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Fiscal tips and Alistair author Carl Chamber

As promised, VAT will go back up in the New Year - but did we feel the full benefit anyway?'s Carl Chambers shares his views..

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UK car tax bands explained

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In those smoggy old days when the environment wasn’t such an issue, drivers coughed up a flat-rate car tax, regardless of a vehicle’s emissions. But things began to change with the 1999 Budget, which announced a lower rate for cars with engines up to 1100 cc, as they, in general, had less of an impact on climate change.

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Eight great car security tips

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How can you prevent yourself from becoming a victim of car crime, while also potentially reducing car insurance costs?

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Going to the USA? Then don’t forget ESTA

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If you’re planning a trip to the good old US of A, there’s something new to add to your checklist of what not to forget before you leave.

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The Excess Factor – Car insurance voluntary excess explained

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What's the difference compulsory excess and voluntary excess for car insurance? And what level of voluntary excess should you go for?

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Carl Chambers

Carl Chambers

Carl Chambers worked as a consumer interest writer at between 2007 and 2010. We miss his terrible puns!

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