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Questions from September 2010
Why is the DVLA so difficult to deal with? My driving licence is registered to one of two addresses I live at. I thought for simplicity I would get the...
I got stopped in the week by a police ANPR patrol. It turned out some idiot at my garage had missed one digit when he replaced a cracked rear number plate....
Please could you re-state the currant law regarding speed camera detectors. I have a unit that detects fixed cameras and a plug in unit that detects radar...
I have recently purchased a car with cruise control. What are the pros and cons of using this with regard to fuel economy. Will I gain or lose driving...
I was interested in your recent reply about left foot braking. If you learn to drive on an automatic that way and never drive a manual, or for that matter...
As a former owner of a Porsche Cayman and having used the Porsche facilities at Silverstone, I think AC is right to be concerned over performance on icy...
I recently bought a FIAT Punto for my son. The people I bought it from had it on a lease contract and only supplied me with one key. They say they never...
I have just started using Sat nav for the first time and have noticed that the speed reading on the Sat nav is usually 4mph less than on my speedometer....
I don't see how the left foot can hit the brake pedal quicker than the right foot unless the left foot is suspended above the pedal waiting to hit it,...
I hope you can help me. I currently own a Nissan Micra, just under three years old, mileage 8,400 (I only use the car for short journeys). I have looked...
Is there a way for me to check I’m getting the improved suspension on a 2010 FIAT 500?
Someone drove into the back of my wife's car and is fully responsible. Direct Line then passed me onto Drive Assist for a rental car while her car was...
I wonder if you have had any comments about the double clutch automatic gearbox that Ford is fitting in place of the conventional epicyclic gearbox with...
Further to your response to CS of N19 regarding a collision with a police car, you may like to know that - certainly for Metropolitan Police vehicles -...
About a week ago, I checked my tyres and decided that the fronts would last another 3 to 4 months before changing. The wear was fairly even, and a good...
It amazes me when I read the number of letters you receive querying the use of the left foot on automatics. The surge caused by a fuelling problem you...
I'm confused over two cars. Which is the better buy / value for money and economy? Golf Plus SE 1.4 TSI 122PS man 6-speed 5-door Cash or 0% finance £18,275....
I have been following your various comments over the years on left foot braking and was interested to see the one headed "Science friction". You stated,...
We have a 2006/56 Nissan X-Trail. Due to the weather last winter I am considering obtaining a set of winter tyres to suit the vehicle. Should I purchase...
4 weeks ago my 2-year-old FIAT 500 diesel engine seized up. On the dashboard it said I needed the oil changing. This did not make sense as it was fully...
The ABS warning light on my 2007 MINI Cooper recently lit up. I contacted Westerly Exeter, the supplying dealer, who gave advice and arranged for the car...
I am 32 years of age and am about to start my career as a Driving Instructor. The company that I've decided to go with does not include a car with its...
I was driving home to Ewhurst in Surrey where I live, travelling along the A3, when I noticed a cop using a hairdryer type speed gun. I thought no more...
Please tell me John, what’s the value of an RAC inspection? I ask you this because every car dealer I visit invites me to get an RAC inspection on the...
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I write in connection with my son's recent claim on his own fully comp insurance policy (he is aged 34). Someone drove into the back of him. Liability...
Am I correct that pick-up trucks are generally more reliable than cars? My partner is Cambodian and when we visit the country, together with Thailand,...
My wife and I (both aged 80) drive a Volkswagen 1.9 Golf manual diesel. A short while ago I asked your advice about changing to an automatic and your advice...
I parked in a car park (run by Premier Parking Solutions) opposite Didcot Station last week. I put five one-pound coins into their machine which would...
I have a 52 Mercedes C180 Kompressor, bought second hand, privately in May 2009. Six months later I was told (by Motoraid) all four wheel arches were rusted...
I took delivery of a new Vauxhall Agila 1.2 automatic Design with air conditioning on 3 June 2010. On-the-road price with 1-years VED £12,985, and I paid...
I will definitely invest in some Autosocks and I have also noted your concerns about carrying bikes on a towbar. However, over the years I have already...
I live in SW London and for the 2nd time in 18 months I have suffered an overnight theft (small, loose items only - sunglasses, parking change etc) from...
I have just had the dreaded ESP light come up on my Ford Focus 2005 2.0TDCI. Fault code C1288. New part from Ford £1,300 plus VAT. Can get the abs unit...
I've done the deal and bought a 2010 Mondeo Titanium 2.0TDCi Estate. It has come on 18" wheels with 235/40R18 tyres. Given your advice on tyre sizes previously...
I parked my 2010 Octavia Scout at work this morning as usual at around 08-15. When I returned to it at 18-30 all four windows were fully open. I expected...
I have become an unfortunate member of the now infamous ESP light staying on problem with my beloved Golf. My problem started mid August 2010. The ESP...
Another visit to the auto left foot braking issue. Last week I read that in a test it was proven that a driver using left foot braking brought the car...
I have just retired and am spending a few months of the year in Spain, where we have a flat (near Barcelona). I would like to buy a car to leave there...
Just a word of warning for your readers about WeBuyAnyCar.com. Do not expect anywhere near the Internet valuation when you take your car to their buyers....
Thank you for raising the issue of ridiculous speed limits on Heavy Goods Vehicles in your recent column. I drive a 580hp Scania regularly on the M25....
What is the correct way to acknowledge the kindness of other drivers, for example if they stop to let you through? During daylight hours I have seen or...
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I recently enquired about a BMW 635csi Highline for sale in Liverpool. I have been in contact with the seller about the car and have asked him any problems...
In 1996, when the Driving Theory Test was first introduced, I was employed as chief invigilator at a central London Test centre which processed about 200...
I am trying to decide between buying a BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 530d or a BMW 5 Series Touring 530d. At the weekend, I need a car for trips to the tip...
Bizarrely, I received a letter from an outfit calling itself "Service Claims" in which it stated that my car (it quoted the correct registration details)...
I just found your VW ABS report online. Having been to the local Skoda Dealership with my 3 year old Octavia, which has been serviced at that dealership...
In October last year a car drove onto the near side of my Aston Martin from a side street while I was on a dual carriageway. The driver of the other car...
It is not only HGVs thart should be allowed to go at the same speed as other traffic on motorways. I know that you do not speak for the bus and coach...
I have just had the unfortunate experience of being landed with an unexpected bill of £1,262 for a replacement catalytic converter at 72,000miles in my...
I have a Skoda Octavia 1.6FSI Ambiente estate manual. How effective are winter tyres over summer/all-season tyres in snow (if possible, in terms of percentage...
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