James Ruppert Special correspondent

Used to sell BMWs, but he's no yuppie; has a '64 Mini Cooper in his garage and a '57 BSA Bantam in his house. Has bought and sold hundreds of used cars, and he isn't finished yet.

Be fashionable and buy a banger

After years of extolling the virtues of buying cheap used cars, I've found it’s suddenly become fashionable

1 September 2015
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Why a rusty reputation should make you think twice when buying used

Rust may not be the car killer it once was but, says James Ruppert, don’t think it’s a thing of the past

26 August 2015
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Bag a plush French barge for a bargain price

No one does big, plush barges like the French. Here are some of the less risky options

18 August 2015
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It's time to stock up on the cars we love

The Budget moved the road tax goalposts. Here are some cars to enjoy while we still can

12 August 2015
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Buy American and save money

US family cars from the 2000s make distinctive and cheap used buys

4 August 2015
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What car is best for the armed forces?

If the Ministry of Defence is splashing out on runabouts, here’s what we recommend

29 July 2015
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The fast French connection

Renaultsport hot hatches are not only a hoot to drive but can also be exceptional value

22 July 2015
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Throwing fuel on the fire in the petrol versus diesel debate

The petrol versus diesel debate doesn’t only apply to new cars - and when buying used it's wiser to choose petrol

15 July 2015
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Don't let a recall put you off

If you believe the newspapers, a recall is the kiss of death. Not so, says an unfazed James Ruppert

8 July 2015
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Why a used TVR is worth the risk

These British sports cars deliver a big bang for your buck. They just need TLC

1 July 2015
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Driven this week

  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    First UK test of Fiat's best-selling city car, which has been overhauled for 2015
  • First Drive
    3 September 2015
    Volkswagen reveals the second generation of its high-riding Passat Alltrack estate. We drive it for the first time on German roads.
  • First Drive
    2 September 2015
    Kia facelifts its Cee'd and drops its six-speed torque converter in favour of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the process. We drive it for the first time
  • First Drive
    1 September 2015
    Kia has developed a better-mannered, more sophisticated Sportage for 2016
  • First Drive
    31 August 2015
    Thought the 3 Series was losing its edge? Well it's back, with a facelifted version that offers improved performance and dynamics. Does it reclaim its top spot after our drive on UK roads?