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I am thinking about buying a sports car for a bit of fun. I'm considering a Lotus Elan M100 or Honda S2000 and have up to £10k to spend or a bit more if necessary. I want something in reasonable nick and...
I want to fit my 1991 Mini Mayfair with a 1275cc carburettor engine from a 1980's Austin Metro. It was originally manufactured with a 998cc engine. From late 1991 on, Rover only fitted 1275cc engines (carburettor...
I'm looking at purchasing a second hand BMW 1 Series Coupe, but it has been disclosed as previously a Cat D status, which I understand to mean is repaired non structural damage or recovered from a theft....
Can you advise if I should have GAP insurance on an Aston Martin Vantage 2011 plate. I purchased the car for £44,660.
I purchased a Range Rover Evoque in March 2017 from a main dealer. The salesman said it was first registered in November 2016. The warranty was three years from that date. At the end of May this year I...
I have received a round robin letter from my Nissan dealer informing me that my Qashqai needs an air con service at a cost of £149 as dry seals may result in leaks and bacteria entering the interior. The...
Tomorrow I am taking my car in for the third time to have the screen washers fixed/unblocked. The second time I was told that I was using the wrong screenwash, they fixed the problem and refilled the screenwash...
My caravan broke down (the suspension collapsed on one side) and was recovered by a recovery company who took my caravan to their holding yard overnight. The next day I contacted them and requested that...
I have had an 18 year old MGF almost since new and have had years of fun in what I consider to be the last true MGs. Do your think the price has bottomed out or will they continue to fall in value?
I was reversing out of my drive on Monday with parked cars either side and mums and kids around as it was school time. My visibility was poor but I was edging out in reverse very carefully. A car coming...
My BMW dealer has told me that the air conditioning on my 318d will require servicing in October by which time the car will only be 18 months old. I presume this means checking the gas level and replacing...
My father accidentally reversed into a six foot garden wall in his car. The wall promptly collapsed onto his car, so his car is a write-off and the wall will probably all need to be replaced as it is extensively...
I have owned the same car for 10 years and have not previously had any problems road taxing it. I recently went to road tax it and was refused both online and at the local post office. The DVLA say I...
I'm looking for reliable estate or roomy saloon, between five and ten years old, which I can run for as long as possible. I have a budget of around £4k to £6k but I can be flexible if need be. It needs...
My friend has ownes a 10-plate Kia Soul diesel automatic for years, he drives around town all the time and never has any DPF problems, so he thinks that his car does not have one, but I think it does....
I am about to take delivery of a new Skoda Kodiaq. I have rejected the dealers offer for paint and upholstery protection. Which products do you recommend for the job?
My Volkswagen Golf Estate, owned from new, is 22 months old and has covered 11,000 miles. Five weeks ago the tyre pressure warning told me that my passenger side front tyre had lost pressure. I checked...
I have an Audi A6 2008 and last week on the way to having a service, the car blew loads of blue smoke out of the exhaust. It was towed back to my address and I had a mechanic come out look at it - they...
My 2009 BMW 520d exploded with a sudden loss of power after a brief period of a strange tiny whining noise when pressing the accelerator pedal (driving at 65-75mph). Subsequent repatriation to a franchised...
I bought an immaculate Volvo 245 two years ago and have been gradually working through glitches. It went through its MoT two weeks ago with no advisories. I've had 240s in the past with no steering problems....
I own a 2012 Citroen C-Crosser 2.2 HDi Exclusive Auto. How will the new emissions test affect me? The car has been main dealer serviced from new and has covered 30,000 Miles. Although the mileage is low,...
My wife had an accident in 2016 when she was hit on a roundabout by a car coming onto the roundabout. Her car was repaired and while being repaired she had use of a courtesy car. A few weeks ago she received...
Is the Volkswagen Caddy van worth its premium price? I drive Fiat Doblo for work which is comfortable enough and okay to drive. A Caddy would be double the money. Is it worth that extra on monthly payments...
I'm not really a "car guy" (a two year old pickup is my daily drive) but I've got a yen to buy a Jaguar XK-E (an E-Type as it's called in the UK...) which I'm sure you will agree is not just a car but...
I have recently retired and would like to own a classic car which I would run only in the summer months. I live in Scotland and salt on the roads is the enemy in the winter. I fancy an old Mercedes and...
I have a 1992 generation 5 Celica Convertible imported from Japan many years ago. I notice that when driving up an incline it seems to 'pink'. I have not heard this before from an injected engine. Which...
I hit a stationary vehicle causing very minor paint damage to both cars. The other owner (who appears honest) wants to go through insurance channels and will probably end up with a respray of a rear panel....
Almost two months ago I bought a five year Range Rover from an authorised Land Rover in Guildford, Surrey. The salesman repeatedly says he is sending me the warranty, but nothing arrives. Also the spare...
I was the victim of a rear end shunt in March. So far the claims handling firm of solicitors have only produced an agreement for me to sign appointing them. I can never speak to my designated claims handler...
My wife has recently purchased a second-hand Mazda CX-5. We now have an oil pressure warning light (which sounds a serious problem) and despite two oil flushes it's still appearing. We are now being advised...
Can a dealer legally change the delivery time for a new car twice? I asked for a car to be a 1 September registration and a deposit was taken on that basis. I was then told that the car had to be registered...
I bought a 2015 used Ford Fiesta from a Honda dealer, but it's developed a noisy engine on start up. I returned it under warranty three month later, but they failed to fix it. They did not disclose the...
I was hit on Sunday by a third party and as a direct result my car will be a total loss. The third party has admitted she is wholly liable and it is recorded as a non fault accident on my insurance policy...
I'd like to buy a LWB van to convert, but I don't want to buy diesel. Can you offer any advice? What is the most low emissions van of that size?
Can you advise me what van would serve me better as a courier and what would be the best way to finance it?
I drive a 19 year old Toyota Land Cruiser with almost 200K on the clock. I'm worried about the new tougher MoT. Presumably my old engine must be spitting out a bit of smut. If it fails and it is uneconomic...
I have driven a Mercedes S-Class for years, but now that I am in my late 80s I want a smaller car, but with comfort as near the S as possible. Of course it cannot be the same, but what small car, ideally...
I bought a used car in February and after two months the turbo is broken. The car was smoking and burning oil fast, with two separate garages confirming the turbo is broken. I have asked the trader to...
An Australian friend hired a car in UK and was upgraded. The car was returned in perfect order with a tank of fuel and he has copies of the contract and documentation. Back in Australia, money was taken...
I have a 2012 Audi A5 Convertible and recently the Bluetooth connection for the hands free telephone has stopped working. I have taken it to my local Audi dealer and they have indicated that the problem...
Is there any way I can find out if a car I have recently purchased has been the subject of an insurance claim please? I am insured with the NFU and their claims help line is automated with no heading for...
We want to buy an estate car outright but two different dealers have suggested we take out PCP finance arrangements in order to qualify for the substantial dealer discount, but then cancel it within a...
I can't locate the oil filling plug on the automatic gearbox of my BMW 523i E39. It looks different to that shown in the Haynes Manual and Youtube videos. The only plugs on the back of the gearbox and...
Please would you consider leading a drive to make it illegal for insurance companies to penalise motorists by way of increased premiums for no-fault declaration of accidents? I feel you are ideally placed...
I grew up in the 1980s in France and am now really keen to grab a piece of motoring nostalia from this era. I'd love a convertible ideally. I'm not a motoring expert at all, but probably can learn to do...
I purchased a 2008 van five weeks ago from a private seller. I checked the MoT history online before buying and it had an immaculate record, without any problems. Three days after buying it, the engine...
My husband owns his own taxi and a customer is claiming they received whiplash in his taxi as a result of him braking hard. He has received a solicitors letter which now states they are claiming because...
I'm looking for a large, economical car/van that I can have up to six children in, as well as bikes, dogs etc. I also need to use it for transporting my furniture to sell at fairs. I've been looking at...
I want to buy a second-hand long wheelbase van such as a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Renault Master and want advice as to the best make for reliability, servicing, road tax and insurance with a budget of...
What's the best 4WD vehicle for towing a horse box?
 

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