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I bought a new Golf at the end of 2018 which I intend to keep long term. It drives very nicely but after 5000 miles the oil warning light came on, I topped up with synthetic 0/20 grade oil, about 500 ml...
I want to find a car that I can take apart with my eight-year-old son so he can learn about how a car is put together. It should be small so the components are light, not too many sealed electrical bits...
I'm trying to find paint codes for a Citroen 2CV Charleston yellow/black. Please can you help?
Where there is a clear non-fault accident why do I have to pay the excess for my insurance and then wait up to six months to reclaim it? It’s quite a sizeable excess £600. This feels grossly unfair? When...
I need to sell my mother in law's car. It has been off the road on SORN for the last year. I have now had an MoT test done again and the car has passed. Do I need to tax and insure the vehicle before being...
Is the simple act of merely retaining the V5C committing a criminal offence? I know about the pre-registered car and keeping the log book for three or six months by dealers. My dealer has a very good name...
Why the rush to fit keyless systems? Is it just a scam to fit a “premium” feature in a vehicle. I for one, would not want such a system. Physical keys have their faults but all in all, are quite satisfactory.
I need a reasonably priced full car cover for protection against heavy dust/grit and possibly small stone chippings coming from my neighbour's house which is undergoing a major renovation until the end...
I own a Honda Jazz and want to buy a scanner that will read things like ABS and other "deeper" issues that regular scanners won't read. Could you advise me which one to buy?
I'm looking to replace my 2002 Nissan Micra with something similar and am thinking of the Dacia Sandero. I have seen a few examples online for £3500 on a 16 plate but both were Cat S cars, now repaired....
I am taking delivery of a new car in July. Which tracking device do you recommend I fit? Secondly, should I invest in Autoglym lifetime protection?
I have just take delivery of a new Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0TSI 110SE. It comes fitted with Nexen NBlue tyres. These do not seem to be very well reviewed. Is it worth upgrading to Michelin Cross Climates...
My recently purchased Peugeot 3008 comes with an electric parking brake as standard. This is the first car I have owned with this type of brake, and I am struggling to master it. With the car on a level...
I presently have two cars because I've bought my new one and not yet sold my old one. They are both taxed and insured on separate policies with different providers, for me only to drive. A colleague who...
I am looking for a family car that can tow a 1690Kg but still be economical on my daily 15 commute to work. My price range £17,000 to £21,000.
I bought my diesel Toyota Yaris new in 2011. I’m 70 next year and may be doing more short journeys than long ones - not so good for a diesel engine plus diesel is now more expensive than petrol. Should...
I need to buy my wife a family car that will cope with two children under two years old and all the paraphernalia that goes with them, including a double buggy. We probably drive less than 10000 miles...
I'm looking for second-hand petrol plug-in hybrid, from 2014 onwards, with three full-size adult seats in back, roof rack bars and as big a boot as possible for camping equipment. Any suggestions?
I have a 1995 BMW 318ti with a manufacturer fitted alarm system. The lock system works with the remote along with the doors but I am suddenly locked out of the boot. The doors work fine but I cannot unlock...
I ordered a new BMW X3 20i in February. The dealer sent me the spec of the car on and the documentation showed the colour I wanted. I confirmed the spec by reply email and asked him to order the car. Later...
My son (48) and his German wife (56) are returning to the UK from Canada. I understand most insurance costs do not recognise NCB obtained from abroad. What car would you recommend to start the NCB ball...
I'm in the market for a second-hand car and I'm interested in an Evoque or similar semi-luxury car for up to £15,000. The catch is that I would prefer petrol and all the ones I look at are diesel. I only...
What's the best van based car or van for under £3000 suitable for carrying a couple of dog cages and towing a small lightweight trailer?
I need to buy two new front tyres for my Audi A3 Sportback and wondered whether it was a good idea to buy all season tyres and if so, which make you would recommend? If this is not a good idea, what tyres...
I have conflicting information concerning the Mondeo Powershift gearbox. On the one hand I have read that the gearbox is unreliable and on the other hand, that all will be well if the gearbox oil is changed...
I have an Audi A3 with 225/45 R17 wheels. What size space saver can I use?
Why do manufacturers not making onboard hydrogen assist cars and vans to at least reduce emissions?
I have just bought a new Volvo V40 which has not been supplied with a spare wheel, do you recommend sealant for a repair or buying a spare?
I need a garage that I can rely on to keep my car in good order. Any recommendations?
I'm in my late 60s and getting ready to take my test for the first time in a few months. Which car would you recommend for me to buy please?
My 2016 Vauxhall Astra has been at the dealership now for nearly a month. It apparently needs a completely new engine and it's under warranty. The Vauxhall dealership say they cannot give me any timescale...
I have a Ford Mondeo Titanium and I understand the sat nav is only available for UK and NI. I am going to France later this year and am thinking of buying a Tom Tom 52 5 Full Europe. Can I make if fully...
I am returning to the UK after some years and shall need to change my car. I currently have a Renault Kangoo diesel. It's economical, spacious, comfortable, with upright, high and I love the sliding doors...
Is there a dash cam that will record who is keying my car? It's parked on the street outside my house and I am the only car that’s being keyed. It’s happened three times and every time I've had it repaired...
I am buying a Volvo XC40 with keyless start but without keyless entry. Should I be concerned about security and buy a Faraday bag or is this more so for keyless entry protection.
What's the most comfortable riding car for rough roads and potholes?
In the UK you insure the driver, in Spain you insure the car that can be driven by any qualifying driver over 25. What are the consequences of making a claim on either method? Spanish insurance is much...
I have a 2016 BMW X4 which has just been MOT'd, I was discussing the merits of changing my run flats for cross climates with the tester in order to have a more forgiving ride as the X4 is very fidgety...
I returned recently by ferry from Ireland and travelled straight home after docking in Holyhead. The next morning I found what appeared to be footprint marks on the roof of the car. Thinking my car had...
I saw a car on a dealer's website. I spoke with him and he asked for a deposit to hold it until I inspected it, which I did within a few days. He said that the deposit was non-refundable. His website states,...
My wife and I, both 71, own two cars. We very occasionally drive the other's car, but it's rare. Historically the insurance (Saga, with a long and protected NCD) and reg docs for both cars is in my name....
I need to replace two front tyres on my Mazda 2 Sport. The tyres currently fitted are Dunlop Enasave and have done 23000 miles. Are there any suitable tyres other than the Enasave?
I bought a car on finance that had problems. The garage fixed them, so they said, but the problem is back. I have raised this with the finance as the garage keep fobbing me off, so I am rejecting the car....
I have a 2013 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 petrol. I am looking to change it, but the newer ones all seem to have smaller engines with boosters. Does that mean that the engine will work that much harder and so not...
I have just received the log book for a recently purchased Series 2 Land Rover. It shows the taxation class as historic but there is no mention of how to, or if I have to, apply to use it on the road.
I read the motoring press and see mention of differing types of automatic transmission. But what are the different types and which is best?
My wife drives a manual Volkswagen Tiguan. She has a disability and now needs a smaller car but with a similar height to the Tiguan. Four-wheel drive is not essential although it does need to accommodate...
What is the best Nextbase dash cam with rear camera?
My 2003 BMW 320Ci with full leather grey interior has a worn bolster on the driver's seat. What is the best way to refurbish it?
I have a Mitsubishi L200. Can anyone recommend an OBD2 diagnostic interface that works with this model? I'm talking about something verified, in a decent budget.
 

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