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PistonHeads logo.svg
Type of site
Automotive Website
Founder(s)David Edmonston
Alexa rankDecrease 9,392 (As of 27 January 2019)[1]
Current statusActive

PistonHeads is an online news site dedicated to the automotive industry. The site contains motoring related articles, used car classifieds, and an internet forum.


PistonHeads was founded in 1999 as a TVR website and was sold in January 2007 to the Haymarket Media Group by which point it encompassed all aspects of motoring.[2]

On 13 February 2004 the BBC television programme Look North broadcast a news item about alleged death threats made to speed safety campaigners on the PistonHeads website. A complaint was made to Ofcom that the item portrayed the website unfairly but the adjudication did not uphold this view.[3]

PistonHeads is also the title sponsor of the annual Performance Car Show, hosted alongside Autosport International, at the NEC in Birmingham.[4]

In 2019, PistonHeads was sold to CarGurus for an undisclosed amount.[5]

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  1. ^ "Pistonheads.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  2. ^ Haymarket acquires PistonHeads, haymarket.com, retrieved 2009-01-29
  3. ^ Adjudication - Complaint by Mr David Edmonston, on behalf of Petrolheads Limited (PDF), ofcom.org.uk, 2005-05-04, retrieved 2009-01-29
  4. ^ PistonHeads Show, pistonheads.com/show, retrieved 2012-12-07
  5. ^ Haymarket agrees sale of PistonHeads to CarGurus, pistonheads.com, retrieved 2018-12-06

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