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My 40k mile Vauxhall Meriva has just been serviced by the main dealer who, without asking, added some substance to the petrol and engine oil and called...
I am a furious with McDonalds for having been sent a notice of a £50 parking charge by MET Parking Services for being on a McDonald’s restaurant site near...
With the kind permission of the EU we are allowed to continue to measure distance in miles. Why do certain government departments and the media - including...
I am a retired Dr with a VW Golf Plus just out of guarantee and with only 26,000 miles on the clock. The ABS system has failed requiring a replacement...
I usually change my car every three years. Now that I've retired I intend to buy a new diesel saloon and keep it for eight to ten years. My choices are:...
Just as a matter of interest: I was cleaning my FIAT 500 this week and, horror of horrors, saw “dreaded orange pinprick spots.” My car has been treated...
I could not agree more about your comments relating to speed cushions. I live in a conservation area festooned with humps and cushions due to an infant...
Before too long I could be looking to buy a new car. My ‘normal’ private purchases are Mercedes/Audi/BMW. For each of these I have (to me) a major concern:...
I have a 1998 1.25 Fiesta, which is getting expensive to get through MOTs. With the scrappage scheme, I am now considering buying a new car but I've only...
Regarding the email from CL and his speeding offence in Cumbria. If CL is determined to pursue this, although he has asked for a court hearing, he will...
My father has a cherished plate on an old Datsun Cherry that will be used under the scrappage scheme as payment towards a new car. He wishes to keep the...
A friend who has very limited mobility but can easily (relative that is) get into my small Smart is looking for a car he can buy using the scrappage scheme...
Listening to the radio it now seems that motorway closures are becoming an everyday occurrence. Motorways are the arteries of our economy so I can only...
I am coming to you for some advice as an avid reader of your column. My sister purchased a Saab 9-3 TID Sport (150bhp) in January of this year. From the...
I've contacted you before regarding my Astra estate (regarding a hand brake ratchet problem - now fixed) and I'm sorry to question you again but have a...
I currently drive 25-30kmiles per annum and have a 2003 Citroen C5 2.0 SX petrol, bought last October now with 59k miles. Not long after purchase it became...
Suffering, what may appear to be a mid-life crisis, me and my partner have decided to remove from our driveway one of our more sedate cars and plump for...
I had a 3-year Citroen maintenance contract, which expired 29th June 2009. The contract covered three years services, MoTs and anything apart from tyres...
I wonder if you could help me with a problem I am having with a Vauxhall Corsa, purchased new in March 2008 for cash. The car broke down on March 26th...
Is it still necessary to have to change to Spanish plates to keep a British registered car in Spain?
Just a bit of positive feedback on BCA Sure-sell, that you sometimes recommend. I sold our one owner, low mileage but slightly bashed, 2004 Yaris through...
I am leaving the UK for a while and want to sell my car in the London area. Would you recommend putting it on a car sales forecourt or putting it through...
Further to your remarks about the Spanish 2nd hand market in Saturday's issue (June 6th), I wonder if you can help us with a similar problem in the south...
We own a small 1,100cc Hyundai i10 – and are very pleased with it. It has just had its first service (1 year old), but we have only covered about 4,500...
Can you offer some practical advice about the correct driving position? I realise drivers come in different shapes and sizes. I am approx 5' 9" and have...
You recently named three websites for tracing old registration numbers. I had a Wolseley 18/80 1937 model in the 1950s registration number AV 9226 and...
We are a family of 5 who need a new family car that can take up to 7 people and a whole range of sports equipment, we have a limited budget (hopefully...
I would be interested to know is there any value in a trade-in for a Vauxhall Vectra 1600, date of registration 27.11.98, S registration, 85,000 mileage...
One to add to your database. About two weeks back as I was slowly driving out of our drive onto the local side road when I head a loud bang. I stopped...
In December last year I had my 6 yr old Ford Mondeo MoT'd at a Ford dealer. The car was serviced and the service department took measurements of the tyres...
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A friend of mine is looking to replace her P-reg Micra sometime over the next 10 months or so. Her garage and drive are very narrow and so she needs a...
I have recently taken delivery of an Audi Q5 2.0 Tdi STronic and whilst delighted with most aspects of the car, fuel consumption is disappointing. I've...
I have an 07-registered Mitsubishi Colt CZ1 (3dr, Black, Air Con, 18,000 miles, petrol, manual). I want to downgrade to something a little older say 2004/2003...
I bought a new model Skoda Superb and took delivery on 1st December last year. Model is 2.0 Elegance with the 170BHP CR engine. I live in Welwyn Garden...
My father had someone go into the back of him last week, a company car driver. He has had an estimate for repair and the insurance company have deemed...
I just want to see if anyone else has noticed the rude and aggressive behaviour I have recently experienced from female drivers. I've held a full licence...
My two-year old Renault Scenic with just 20,000 miles on the clock was recently diagnosed with a failing clutch release bearing, and it was with great...
We are now retired and would like your advice on which car/s might best suit our current needs. We fancy a Mini MPV for the added height giving clearer...
I negotiated on my daughters behalf the purchase of a Toyota Verso on the basis that the salesman said the car had been owned by Toyota and was an ex staff...
I wonder if you might be able to offer some advice please. Over the last couple of months I have had problems with my nine-year-old Peugeot 106 and despite...
I need to replace my old Audi A4 Avant TDI. Living in Central London running a furniture/antiques shop and with dogs, I want a workhorse. It must be...
I am 70 years old and am looking to purchase either a KIA Picanto 1.0 model, or a TOYOTA Aygo 1.0 model, which I think will be the last new car I shall...
Regarding M.F. of Bath's comments about digital readout speedometers, another major advantage is the ability to switch the readout between mph and kmh....
My mother (aged 70+) has received a letter from her local police containing an accusation of dangerous or careless driving at 7:15 on Saturday May 16th....
I wonder if you can advise me about a problem with the screen wash system on our Colt. The car is a 1.5 D-id, 5 door and is now nearly 2 years old and...
With a budget of £5,000, I'm looking for a diesel ex-AA or BT or council van for my surfing holidays. The van will be converted to house surfboards and...
We purchased a 2007/57 Mercedes A-Class demonstrator a year ago with 7,000 miles on the clock. We have had the car serviced by the main dealer on the...
I have a 2004 Alfa Romeo 147 diesel that has done 39,000 miles. Last week the cambelt failed and the local dealer says it needs an engine rebuild at a...
Can you help? I'm replacing my wife's X-Trail 2.5L Petrol Sport 04 Plate and handing it back on a balloon payment deal. I have a 52 plate VW Passat 1.9Tdi...
After living overseas for the past 6 years I have now returned to these shores to find a difference in the trade with car supermarkets and deals on new,...

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