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.

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

The inside line on wise buying

As a used car buyer, how do you spot a peach from a lemon? James Ruppert reveals some handy hints

24 June 2015

Why the Vauxhall Zafira is both big and beautiful

A visit to a car boot sale reunites James Ruppert with one of the used market’s most practical buys

17 June 2015

First-timer cars for under £1000

Which cars make sensible, cheap buys for young, newly qualified drivers? James Ruppert reveals all

8 June 2015

How super are used car supermarkets?

Some car supermarkets get it spot on, but you should be wary and picky

31 May 2015
Lamborghini LM002

Five used Lamborghinis that you might just be able to afford

Let's face it: a brand new Lamborghini is probably out of your financial reach, but a used one might be within your means. Here are five of my favourites, including the LM002

27 May 2015

Buying and selling a BMW 3 Series - James Ruppert's used car buying guide

As a BMW car salesman in Park Lane in the 1980s, James Ruppert had a front-row seat for the 3 Series revolution

23 May 2015

Top coupés for a super commute

The daily drive to work needn’t be a dreary slog. Here are some classy, comfy two-doors to consider

18 May 2015
Rover 75 Tourer offers big room for small money

More useful wagons for bargain money

The theme of ‘big space for little money’ is back, here are some of my best bargain-buy estates

11 May 2015
Audi RS4

Useful wagons for under £1000

No matter what kind of estate you're after - big, quick, stylish or cheap - we've got you covered

3 May 2015


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Driven this week

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    3 July 2015
    Charming four-door city car gets Smart's new six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, in a bid to make the Forfour more versatile
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    2 July 2015
    First UK drive in the latest-generation MX-5 reveals an iconic roadster that's back to its best
  • First Drive
    2 July 2015
    Extra firepower and pared-down kerb weight conjure even greater brilliance from the Boxster's chassis. Pricey – but superb to drive
  • First Drive
    1 July 2015
    There's another BMW 2 Series variant on the horizon; we drive a late-stage prototype plug-in hybrid Active Tourer
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    First Drive
    1 July 2015
    Fuel cell-powered 5 Series GT concept previews a revolutionary storage and refuelling system which could pave the way for hydrogen to become the alternative fuel of choice