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What do you recommend as the best car polish?
I have a 2016 Skoda Octavia vRS TSI owned from new, with 18k on the clock. The Bridgestone Potenza 225/40 R18 tyres have 2 or 3 mm tread left so will need replacing soon. I'd like to replace them with...
My sat nav packed up so I've replaced it with an app on my phone. It's held on the dashboard in a phone holder. I've heard that it's unlawful to use a phone in this way. Is that correct?
Is there a make of tailored car cover that is broadly regarded as the best? And which make would be considered a close second please?
My village charity group operates a Citroen Relay minibus. As a starting backup we would like to purchase a Battery Power Pack for emergency use should the vehicle battery become flat for any reason. ...
In the Telegraph on Saturday you recommended tyres for an MX-5. I have a 2008 2-litre version. I was thinking of fitting Michelin CrossClimate, or similar from Continental/others. Would you recommend this...
What immobiliser should we have fitted to our keyless ignition 2016 Honda Jazz?
I'm looking for a Ford radio code for serial number V103659. Can you help?
Having three teenagers, one of whom plays the cello, we are looking for a replacement for our three-year-old Skoda Superb. The low down estate car has not helped my wife’s back problems and so we are looking...
I have a Ford Kuga with an automatic transmission that has covered 10,000 miles. Does the oil need changing soon as some suggest a range from 30000 miles to 100000 miles or every three to four years? Does...
My next car will be kept on the drive at night. From a security point of view are some makes of car less prone to being stolen? Also, what are the most effective security measures/devices that can be applied/fitted...
How do I find the serial number for a Ford stereo? I have a radio/cassette in my 1998 Ford Ka and need to get a code.
I travel 150 miles a day, up to four days a week and need a comfortable, highly economical car at an affordable price. My thinking is to get something about three years old, with about 30,000 miles on...
I have a 330i BMW 2009 I took off the run flats but I need a space saver wheel what size do I need?
Are there any sound generators to mimic engine sounds on hybrids? I thought they were due to become compulsory this summer and I am frightened by how many pedestrians step out in front of me!
We are considering an EV and can install a charging point at home but public charging points are few and far between in our area. The manufacturers give ranges but we can not find the effects of the use...
My son and daughter in law will need a car to accommodate their new baby and kit. They are both six feet tall and live in a crowded city street so need a combination of internal room, modest external dimensions,...
Why do car insurance companies still ask where we were born in spite of obtaining a British passport? Can one say a lie and will the insurance be void?
I owned an Evoque that had issues with the DPF. But when a diesel flags up that the DPF needs a regen, how long time or distance wise do you have to get it on a motorway/dual carriageway before the fuel...
I have a 1992 Rover Metro bought from new that has only done 31,000 miles. I would like to get a valuation on it.
Could you recommend a petrol engined car with adequate power and torque for towing a 1200kg caravan? It should have automatic torque converter transmission. My previous car was a Saab with a 2.3t engine...
We have a 2019 Ford Focus which we are very pleased with, but we are disappointed that it's not fitted with a CD player. Is there aftermarket or adaptor that can be used to play our CDs?
I am retired and always state this when applying for car insurance. However, I am a magistrate which is unpaid work, not classified as a job but this entails driving to the courthouse maybe twice a month....
I bought a fully refurbished 1972 MGB Roadster seven days ago which was advertised as immaculate, in as new condition, mileometer reset to zero, essentially a new car. I have had a thorough independent...
I have managed to save around £1000 and want to buy my first classic car to keep long term. I have always liked my Fords and while I really wanted a Mk5 Cortina, I have to be realistic. I would like your...
I have £2000 to buy a small van to convert into a camper. I've seen on here that you only really suggest for that money a Ford Transit Connect. Would I be best to buy one of those or go for something much...
Where a car knocks into a bicycle on a public road is there a presumption of guilt against the motorist. My friend, who was cycling with a number of others from a bicycle club, pulled up at a crossroads...
Most screenwashes come with a revolting perfume. Are there any odourless washes on the market?
What licence do I need to drive an Aixam or Microcar? I was told I need a provisional licence and a CBT. And where can I find one?
My car has been deemed a Cat N (uneconomical to repair) but I want to keep my car as my husband bought it before he died. I have been told my excess and salvage cost will be deducted from the settlement...
I have won a car at auction. Before making payment to the auction company I checked the car history and found that the car has been clocked. The original mileage from the last MoT shows 135,000 miles but...
Can I tow a trailer tent or fold up caravan with my Toyota Hybrid?
I keep bees and have an ongoing problem of cleaning the bee droppings off the paintwork of my black (should have thought it through!) BMW X3. It's quite easy to pick off the dried up droppings with fingernails...
I have received a bunch of fines for driving in a ZTL (congestion zone) in Italy. I am aware that by law Italy can take a year to deliver the fines. Will they sell my debt to an international recovery...
Buying a second-hand electric car seems to be tricky. How do you know how long the battery will last? What other things would need looking at?
My local Subaru dealer recently charged me £400 to replace the spark plugs on my 2005 Forester. They charged three hours labour as they reckoned the plugs were seized. The car was still idling badly so...
I have a 2010 Vauxhall Combo crew van with five fixed seats, five doors and four side windows plus front and full rear windscreens. The payload is 1995kg. The main use of the vehicle is for work (travel...
I've always understood that motorway X signs surrounded by a red ring are mandatory, so if you don't obey them, you deserve what you get. However, I have also seen these signs without the red ring around...
I am looking to buy a car between £15k and £17k that's fun to drive, sporty, good looking and practical with four seats. Any suggestions?
I have a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle. I am looking to buy a new car but as you can't buy Beetles anymore, is it worth hanging onto it for a while to sell it for more in the future?
I know that number plates that will not pass an MoT are illegal, but will they be picked up on ANPR cameras like the new automatic fine for driving in a lane with a red X. There are some that I've seen...
Is it too early to buy an EV? Or better to wait a while for prices (hopefully) to come down and any initial problems to be ironed out?
Could you please advise on the best speed trap/camera detector and a product that will detect and warn about speed limits on the move?
My most recent purchase was a three-year-old Skoda which cost just under £7000. I'd love to replace it at some point with an EV but I don't see how the same sort of second-hand price bracket could exist....
A friend who I am visiting soon in France wants me to drive his originally registered RHD car back to the UK for sale. It's now registered in France with full insurance and their equivalent of an MoT....
Once a car is deemed a total loss can your hire car instantly be taken back without an offer of settlement or even any acknowledgement from the insurance company?
I have just bought a 2014 SEAT Alhambra from a franchised dealer. Just after the deal was done I found, on the discovery of a 'complementary Adblue' record (gesture of goodwill following re-map), that...
On what basis does an insurance company calculate the payout figure of a write-off? If it decides to write off my badly accident-damaged car but I think the figure is too low, what are my options?
My 1992 Jaguar XJS 4.0 straight 6 coupe with 101,000 miles is due for a service in a couple of months. In addition to the standard items involved in a full service, is there anything else I should get...
I have replaced the incandescent bulbs in my front sidelights with LED ones and I have noticed that the light they produce has a blueish tinge. Are they legal?
 

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