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Can you recommend a family-sized plug-in hybrid with enough battery range to cover a 30-mile round trip commute? Ideally less than three years old and within a £24k budget.
I'm utterly dazzled by the number of dashcams on offer. I would like to have it hardwired by someone like Halfords. We have a Kia Niro and have an annual mileage of no more than 6000. Do we need a dashcam...
Please can you recommend the best buy front and rear dashcam?
I'm considering adding no claims protection at my policy renewal. However I've asked several providers who have given me a quote to illustrate how this protection works in a practical scenario. I asked...
I have an Audi Q5. In November I had a dash warning that there was an issue with the pre-sense system that needed technical attention. I took the car in but no fault was recorded in the memory. Apparently...
I have a Jaguar XF Sportbrake on a PCP. Ever since I took delivery of it in December 2017, every few weeks 4 or 5 safety warning lights scroll across the dash with the traction control permanently illuminated....
Can you please tell me the law on children travelling in the backseats of a classic convertible without seat belts?
Is there a limit to the distance that a thief can drive a car that they have stolen by capturing the keyless code? If so, they would presumably need a trailer or other vehicle to take the stolen car away....
I need to trade in my three-year-old Mazda 6 2.2 diesel. I drive approximately 20,000 miles per annum but over winding country roads and usually short journeys of 5 to 20 miles with only occasional motorway/long...
My mum has a Nissan Qashqai and would like to replace it. A high driving position is a must for her, as is an automatic gearbox, she would like a high tech list, similar to the Tekna spec on the Nissan....
I have a 1960 TVR fitted with an MGA. I have fully rebuilt the engine re bored and replaced everything needed. It is fitted with a new 25D distributor fitted with electronic points. She starts and runs...
My car was parked in a private car park and I returned to find damage down the side of the car caused by the car next to it. The person concerned has admitted liability and is claiming on her insurance...
What is the best steering wheel lock?
I have been asked by a friend to dispose of his one owner Honda Accord which has been off the road for a number of years. It has 35000 miles on the clock and has been garaged throughout its life. Bodywork...
Please can you tell me what SUV has the longest electric range?
My car has been reported as being in an accident 270 miles away. First I knew of it was via my insurance underwriter 10 days after the alleged date, stating my car reg was reported as being in an accident,...
Does the automatic transmission on the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class have the same problems that you have frequently highlighted with DSG automatics?
I understand that new cars sold in the EU are set to be fitted with mandatory speed limiters, dubbed Intelligent Speed Assistance, or ISA, within three years, after approval by a key group of MEPs from...
My Honda Civic 2007 i-Shift is jammed in gear. What is the likely cause?
I have been told by my local Ford dealership that you can turn off the keyless entry feature on the new Focus. This could be the difference between a purchase or not. I guess the dealer is correct in what...
I need a smallish hatchback with a low tailgate for my elderly dog. What do you suggest?
Which small-medium sized car would you recommend as a local taxi? Hybrids are expensive so I'm thinking a petrol, with no DMF and chain driven. Better if it is non-turbo too but that isn't a deal breaker...
Do you know how long I will have to wait for the recall part for the exhaust gas recirculation cooler repair on my BMW? Apparently the parts are on a 'back-order'. My local dealer cannot help and the main...
I have a 2016 Ford Kuga which is due a major service at 31000 miles. Can I have it serviced privately without affecting the warranty?
My friend borrowed my car and had an accident, which damaged another car. I assumed she was covered by her own comprehensive insurance, but it now turns out she wasn't. The police were involved and she...
We are starting to think about replacing our Skoda Roomster. We like the fact it is more car than van and that it has flexibility for carrying people and things. Any suggestions for a replacement? We don’t...
My MG TF was involved in an accident that was not my fault. The insurance claims management company have decided that the value is £2600 and repairs would cost £2551 after the assessment of the damage....
A few weeks ago, my husband was driving in rush hour. A car in front of him suddenly reversed back into him. There were four people in that car in front, a man took a photo of my husband’s car and then...
Can you please tell me the best automatic small 4-wheel drive SUV please? My budget is £15,000.
Is the engine in an MG ZT 2.5 the same as the engine in a Rover 825 Coupe?
What automatic SUV would you recommend on a budget of £20,000?
In very slow traffic in the sun, I nudged a 2011 Land Rover Discovery in front of me. My Zafira front bumper got a bit of a dent and a cracked badge, the Discovery had a cracked red reflector strip on...
I own a Toyota RAV4 which has a factory sat nav and an automatic dimming driving mirror. I would like a reversing camera but have been told there is no interface available to connect to the existing head...
I am registered as a disabled driver and have a blue badge. My car is taxed as disabled, which I get free. The taxation class of disabled allows me to enter restricted access areas (disabled only) in towns...
I have a 1970 Morris Minor truck. I have fitted a new master cylinder and renewed all of the brake lines. When I pump brakes I have nothing, I have rebuilt my old master cylinder but it is the same. When...
I have a Rover 75 V8 in very good condition with a FSH and 50,000miles. What's it worth? Or should I keep it as an investment?
Can you recommend a car to replace my Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost? I enjoy driving it but it has given me problems since new. I've looked at your website and so many of the new smaller cars show issues that...
With the fitting of particulate filters to petrol cars are we likely to see the same issues with regard to short journeys and stopping the engine during regeneration?
My 2005 Ford Mondeo is coming to the end of its useful life with 192,000 miles so far. Any suggestions as what to replace it with? I keep my cars for a long time and look after them, so durability is paramount....
My nephew's car suffered body and wheel damage while it was left for a routine service at a garage. He noticed the damage when he was collecting the car, and although they didn't deny the damage happened...
Two weeks ago I bought a used car from an independent, it was HPI clear and at a bit above market value but with full history. My issue is in the paperwork I found body shop invoices and quite a bit of...
I need an estate for my family and dog but driving short journeys probably means petrol. I'm looking for advice with roughly £10-11k to spend. There are very few available but I found a Ford Mondeo 1.5...
I have a 2007 Morgan Plus 4. My insurance company will not insure me when the car is left unattended with the roof down. What is the best way to improve security?
After an accident, my garage says the necessary repair is not economical. It is an old car but so useful to me. Should I seek a second opinion?
I'm looking to replace my wife's ageing Punto with a small automatic to help with her arthritic condition. It needs to be reliable, cheap to run (including maintenance/repair) and petrol-engined. What...
Consider a pedal cyclist riding along an unlit road at night, with no lights. If I just do not see him and then hit him, where do I stand legally and for insurance?
I was hit by a third party back in September and provided dash cam evidence to all insurance companies concerned. However, the claim hasn't been settled as liability hasn't been settled despite my insurance...
We have a BMW Z4 which hasn't been used over the winter. A new battery was fitted late last year, but this morning it is as flat as a pancake. The AA has suggested either another new battery or purchasing...
My 1969 classic is already registered as an Historic Vehicle and has not been 'substantially changed', does this mean it is automatically exempt from MoT testing or do I still have to complete a V112 registration...
Which is the best dash cam to buy?
 

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