Tim Pitt

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Tim is the staff writer for Which? Car magazine and, coincidentally, is the same height as Top Gear's Richard Hammond. But while Hammond spends his days thrashing Ferraris around a disused airfield, Tim is more likely to be found measuring the boot space of superminis in the Which? test lab.

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Why it pays to shop around when getting your car serviced

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 17 April 2014
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Car mechanic

Our research uncovered massive variations in the price of a car service depending on where you live in the UK. And we found you can save hundreds of pounds simply by shopping around local garages. (more…)

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How we test winter tyres

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 3 January 2014
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How Which? tests winter tyres

The car slews violently as the tyres scrabble for traction on hard-packed snow. On the inside of the bend, the headlights reflect a wall of solid ice, the glare as white as my knuckles... (more about winter tyres...)

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Are we sleepwalking our way into self-driving cars?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 15 October 2013
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Ford self-driving car

Cars that drive themselves could soon hit our streets, with Ford being the latest to develop this technology. Ford's test car uses automatic steering and braking to avoid collisions. Is this the future of driving? (more about self-driving cars...)

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Car fuel economy claims are miles from the truth

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 13 September 2013
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Car wheel

We already know that ‘official’ car mpg figures are rarely possible in the real world – our tests show that. But choosing larger alloy wheels could see your fuel bills increase even more. (more about car fuel economy...)

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Bought a banger? You’re not alone – and we can help

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 17 February 2013
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This car's a lemon

Car-buying regret? Yes, I've had a few. In fact, I’m probably into double figures, not helped by my soft spot for the sporty variety which can be costly in bills. So what are your top car-buying regrets? (more about car-buying regrets...)

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How can you cut the cost of motoring?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 5 December 2012
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Model car on coins

Running a car is one of the biggest drains on a household budget, so we've been searching for the best cash-conserving ideas. What are your top money-saving tips for drivers? (more about cutting car costs...)

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Vauxhall Adam: proof that too much choice is a bad thing?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 7 November 2012
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Vauxhall Adam

I’ve just got back from the launch of Vauxhall’s Adam. Cuter than a Corsa, with elements of other superminis, it's the brand’s first foray into‘fashion cars’. But what really sets the Adam apart is the number of optional extras. (more about the Vauxhall Adam...)

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Are eco cars about image as well as efficiency?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 17 September 2012
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Toyota Ampera eco car in white

Do you have to compromise on performance and style when opting for the latest environmentally friendly car? Our research shows you can have a desirable car that also has good green credentials. (more eco cars...)

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Why being loyal drives up the cost of breakdown cover

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 17 August 2012
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Car driving up money mountain

Our latest research into car breakdown cover has found that renewal prices can leave you out of pocket. Is it right that existing loyal customers are asked to pay more for breakdown cover than new ones? (more about breakdown cover...)

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I’m ‘keyed-off’ with mindless car vandals

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 17 April 2012
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Close up of broken red tail light

The Fiat 500 has the dubious honour of being Britain’s most vandalised car, according to an insurance company survey. If even this relatively cheap Fiat is targeted, are any of our cars safe from key-wielding vandals? (more about car vandals...)

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Are car companies taking us for a (bumpy) ride?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 21 January 2012
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Car driving past a bumpy road sign

A very bumpy drive in the new Mini Coupé has made me wonder why modern cars are so uncomfortable. Is it the car designers' fault - or the public's for buying them? (more about poor ride quality...)

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Same car components, different brand name – does it matter?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 31 October 2011
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Rows of cars in manufacturing

There are hidden connections between many cars. The process of "platform sharing" has shaped the modern motor industry. But does it really benefit the consumer - or simply boost car company profits? (more about cars sharing platforms...)

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Can breakdown services cope with modern cars?

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 3 August 2011
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Man pushing car

Although car reliability is better than ever, when modern motors do break down, their electrical complexity seems to be stumping breakdown services. So, can your car be fixed by the side of the road? (more about breakdown services...)

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Councils can’t be trusted to cut parking charges

by , Car Researcher Transport & Travel 9 February 2011
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Woman paying for parking

Guidelines stipulating high parking charges in town centres have been abandoned. The government says this will allow councils to charge less – so how come the cost of parking is still going up? (more about parking charges...)

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