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Car jargon explained

There are a lot of terms used in the car industry that can be confusing. Whether it's a new piece of car safety or entertainment technology, or how a car works, our experts are here to explain it all.

  • Bad credit and car finance

    Bad credit doesn’t prevent you getting car finance. Here, we look at your car finance and leasing options if you have a bad credit rating.

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  • Electric car batteries explained

    Jargon-free guide to how electric car batteries actually work, how to look after them, how long they last and more.

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  • How to... charge an electric car

    Where to charge your electric car, how much it'll cost, how often you need to do it and more. All in one place.

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  • What is an electric car's range?

    Afraid an electric car battery is going to go flat and leave you stranded? Read this.

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  • Private Number Plates

    Everything you'd want to know about private number plates, all in one place.

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  • Car Leasing Jargon Buster

    Need to improve your understanding of car leasing and make sure you're getting the right car leasing deal for you? Here's car leasing jargon explained.

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  • What is car wrapping?

    Fancy changing the look of your car, but don’t want a full paint respray? Car wrapping is a great way to refresh your car’s appearance.

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  • Self-Driving Cars

    The complete guide to self-driving and driverless cars in the UK, including self-driving cars on sale now.

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  • What is tyre speed rating?

    A tyre speed rating shows the maximum speed a tyre is legally approved for. Learn where to find it, how to test it and more in Auto Trader’s comprehensive

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  • What are LED and xenon car lights?

    Many modern cars come with xenon or LED lights, and, in some cases, both. But what are they and how do car headlights work?

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  • Cars with Apple CarPlay

    If you’re looking to buy your next car, you might want to know if it has Apple CarPlay connectivity available. Many cars across all budgets now come with

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  • Company cars: everything you need to know

    Whether you've already had several company cars, or are looking to get your first one, we answer all the questions you might have, including what a company

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  • What are Category S and Category N cars?

    Learn the difference between Category S and Category N cars, whether you can drive them after they’ve been written off and what you should consider before

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  • What is a crossover car?

    You may have heard how well SUVs and crossover cars are selling, but wondered what they are. Let us help...

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  • The range explained... Kia

    Don't know your Stonic from your Sportage, or your Venga from your Carens? Then let our handy guide inform you about everything from Korean carmaker K

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  • What is AdBlue?

    Whatever car you drive, you might have seen AdBlue at a fuel station and wondered what on earth it is, and whether you need it… here’s all you need to

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  • The range explained… DS Automobiles

    What's the difference between a DS 3 and DS 5? What's a Crossback? Find out all about cars from DS Automobiles in our handy guide.

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  • What is DAB digital radio in your car?

    More than 80% of new cars in the UK now come with DAB as standard, and this figure is only set to increase.

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  • What is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink?

    We explain the most common systems for linking your smartphone to your car.

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  • What is Isofix in a car?

    Isofix is an international standard for fixing child car seats in place using a pair of metal mounts attached directly to the car’s chassis. How does it

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