Motoring guides and tools

There's more to motoring than insurance. GoCompare's guides and calculators will help you with speed awareness, breakdown, warranties, car hire and more.

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Alternatives to owning a car

Running a car is expensive, but there are other options; Car clubs, hire cars, leasing, and green alternatives.

How to check a car’s history

It’s much easier to check a car’s history than it used to be, but there are common things you need to look out for.

Crash for cash scams

Insurance fraud costs you, and other motorists. Find out more about some of the common scams, and how to avoid them.

Driving licenses

Find information on the types of driving licence available. Including provisional, UK full and automatic, European licences and the International Driving Permit.

Driving safely with pets

Driving safely with an animal in your car is a legal requirement. If you’re not careful, you could invalidate your car and/or pet insurance.

Electric cars and eco vehicles

If you’re thinking about getting an eco-friendly car, find out more about the practical and financial implications.

Motoring checklist

Learn how to set your car up for safe motoring and to prepare you and your vehicle for a motoring emergency.

How to SORN your car

A Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) declares your vehicle as off the road. Find out more about taxing and insuring a SORN vehicle.

The IIADD database

The Insurance Industry Access to Driver Data (IIADD) database gives participating insurers access to your information held by the DVLA. It can mean easier and more accurate car insurance quotes.

Fuel-efficient cars

Fuel is probably your biggest expense as a driver. Find out more about good fuel economy, emissions and our run-down of fuel-efficient cars.

MOT checklist

Essential MOT info, plus how to get your car ready and keep them affordable.

Distractions at the wheel

Significant numbers of UK drivers are risking safety, driving bans and affordable car insurance premiums by multi-tasking at the wheel.

Guide to number plates

Find out what the numbers and letters on vehicle registration plates stand for, with information on legal requirements, replacements and personalised plates.

Fuel prices

Fuel prices are a common concern. But don’t make the mistake of driving miles for cheaper fuel - it could be a false economy.

Psychology and your driving

What individual personality traits and psychological theory have to say about your ability to drive safely.

Smoking in cars

Find out more about the latest laws around smoking in cars with children.

Speed cameras

Do speed cameras effectively reduce accidents or are they just there to make money.

Tyre maintenance

A guide to choosing and looking after car tyres, with information on tyre pressure, checking legal limits, tyre sizes and more.

Whiplash

Find out what whiplash claims have done to car insurance premiums, and the steps being made to protect motorists from rising prices.

Winter driving guide

Make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for anything from a cold snap to extreme weather.

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