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Questions from January 2019
I ordered a Volvo XC40 in December 2018 with an approximate delivery date of end April. I have now been informed that delivery is likely to be August. I received a favourable trade-in valuation on my car...
What do you think will happen to the price of average value classics following Brexit (if it ever happens!). I have a 1968 RHD Alfa Romeo Veloce boat tail which I am considering selling sometime this year....
My wife has a bad back which seems affected by her car, an Audi A1. What small car of a similar size would be better for her? Our budget is £15000.
I currently drive around 6000 miles a year, all short journeys but often down rutted tracks. I am looking for a second-hand car with good ground clearance for around £5k. I am looking at maybe a Suzuki...
I have two older MGs - 1998 and 2001. Does any company offer breakdown cover on vehicles of this age or older?
I have owned a 1998 Boxster happily for about 10 years. It's a beautiful car, lots of fun to drive and I wouldn't be considering saying goodbye to it just yet but for the introduction of the ULEZ in London...
I recently had my engine and turbo replaced on my Vauxhall Mokka. I am not car savvy and had been on my way to a garage to get the high pitch dentist drill noise checked out. Once I had the car taken to...
I have just bought a 1997 Fiat Ducato based camper van with a new MoT organised by the dealer. My local garage checked it over and was very concerned over issues that it considered should not have passed...
I am about to renew my car insurance and have read online the pros and cons of including legal cover. Peace of mind seems to be the main pro and I think the main con is that the insurance company may settle...
Which is the best PHEV hybrid to purchase to replace a Nissan Leaf?
I bought a car long distance, we live in Shetland and it was bought in the North East. We put a deposit down and paid the balance on viewing. The car is fine but the salesman pre-entered my name on the...
Can I use 0W-16 oil in newer normal family cars? 0w-16 has been around for a few years and is Mobil, Motul, Pennzoil, Idemitsu and German make Ravenol all offer it. Ravenol's field tests were positive...
Have you any idea what other Austin marques would have been fitted with the same wiper motor as a 1968 1800?
I am looking to buy a used car, ideally only about three years old. I want 4x4 option, sits high on the road, petrol/hybrid with leg room in the back for growing teenagers when front seats are pushed back....
When is a July 1979 car tax-free and MoT exempt?
We need to find the most comfortable riding, reasonably well equipped small/medium sized petrol automatic SUV for up to £30K and wondered what you recommend?
I have an immaculate 2004 Toyota Celica TS which will have to live outside as further classic cars have used my garage space. This car is for keeps and is used about 2500 miles a year for reasonable runs....
I'd like to buy a used diesel family car within the £3000 limit. I need it for commuting so needs to be good on fuel? Any ideas and what mileage is best for the age?
I've put up an ad for my Rover 114 GTa. I've set the asking price at £2000 but I really don't know what price to put it as because I believe that it could be worth anywhere from a few hundred pounds. Do...
Do you know of anywhere in Kent where I could get my 1991 Subaru pick-up restored?
I'm looking to replace a 55 plate Ford Focus diesel with a similar-size family hatchback, this time petrol. Reliability and economy are top of the list. I'm currently doing 25 miles a day on A roads and...
Why don't car manufacturers offer dash cams as an option?
My wife has driven a Golf Convertible for years. The time has come to change it. I want a petrol car with a bit of poke. Which is the best to go for - a Golf or Audi A3?
Yesterday I got stuck at Clacket Lane services on the M25 as there was an accident and it was gridlocked. I stayed at the services for about three hours. Am I likely to get a penalty ticket and can I challenge...
I have a budget of £10,000. Which sports car, with a folding or detachable hard top would you recommend? A soft top is not an option as I have nowhere to garage the vehicle.
I recently caused superficial damage to a seven-year-old Mazda while parking my old Subaru. Although the damage was restricted to a small amount of the paintwork on a rear door, I reported the incident...
I had a windscreen replaced by my insurer three years ago. I recently searched for new insurance and was asked if I had a claim in the last five years. Should I say that I have claimed for a replacement...
I was in an accident and after claiming from the insurer I paid a £600 excess to then to find I only had 21 days to find a car otherwise I would have had to pay the outstanding amount for the year. Being...
I own a Nissan Leaf. At home, my car remote key is secure from hackers. When I am out I can keep the remote in a Faraday bag but I will need to remove it momentarily to open and start the car. If I replace...
My elderly father reversed into his neighbour's wall, knocking it down. He drove on to where he was going and then spoke to the neighbours when he returned. The house is rented so my dad was thinking of...
I have had a dropped kerb since 2000. I was away for five years on an assignment to another country outside of the UK only to come back and find that the council has done some huge environmental cleanup...
My wife's MINI has just failed the MoT as the rear brake pads were worn to 2mm. Is this normal? We have had the car from new and it is just three years old having done 13900 miles. I am struggling to understand...
My driver's wing mirror was hit and I ordered a new one. The cover comes primed and I bought the appropriate colour spray from Halfords. Is it okay to spray just using this as it already comes primed?...
I’m thinking of buying a 2015 Skoda Yeti 2015 1.2 TSI DSG as a second car. The one I’m looking at seems like a good clean car with a few minor scratches but nothing major, however, the engine is noisy....
Near me, there is a yellow box junction of length 45.5m. The Highway Code rule 174 states that (except for turning right) "You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear." This implies...
I have a 2011 BMW X1 xDrive on run flats. I don’t mind the harsh ride but they are Pirelli P7 and seem to lack grip in winter. It has 255/40 R18 95V on the back and 225/45 R18 91V front. I expect to need...
Are there any problems with the Ford Galaxy 2008 automatic gearbox?
What five-door automatic costing £10k would you recommend for urban use?
Is NCD protection worth it?
I am retired and gave up my car and started to share my wife's car. I was added to her policy as a named driver. Recently I considered getting my own car again but was told by insurers that I wouldn't...
I own two classic cars (1930 and 1970) both of which are listed as "Historic Vehicle " in their Registration Certificates. Do I need to register them on a V112 with DVLA to confirm I do not require an...
I have a 2003 Skoda Fabia. My son sadly left his bike in it and the two passenger side windows and the rear door window were smashed by thieves. The car is not worth much but I have just put on four new...
The MoT on my son's 2000 Volkswagen Golf expires mid-February. He has the offer of a much newer Golf, so plans to sell the current Golf in the next few weeks. The plan is to put it through the MoT immediately...
Is it possible to challenge an insurance company's specialist investigation report? My partner's Audi A3 was stationary on our drive when a passerby spotted the car on fire, which was parked at the top...
My father had an incident where a dog on an extendable lead (its owner at the other end of) ran out from a property and into the road. He was unable to stop and hit the dog. The dog ran off. He stopped...
I am having electrical issues with my BMW X5 so I'm Looking to change. I need a large, family friendly, easy to get in-and-out of car/4x4 with a smooth automatic gearbox. I only do 5k miles a year and...
I live in the country and own a 2014 BMW 5 Series which is useless on icy days. Which car would serve me better for such conditions?
I bought a new New Ford Focus last September and almost immediately there were problems with the touchscreen and reversing camera. It displays warnings such as 'collision assist warning service needed'...
I have been the sole lady owner of an Estoril Blue BMW M3 SMG Evo since I purchased it new in 1998. The car is in great condition and recently has had a new hood. It has 120k on the clock. I am now looking...
We had our car written off (not our fault) and had to buy a new one. We use a roof box when we go on holiday each year and so I had to buy new roof bars as the new car has a different type of roof rail....
 

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