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Questions from August 2019
What do I need to do to pay for EV charging at public chargers? Do I need an account and a dedicated credit card and if so, where do I get it from?
My friend is looking for a compact 4x4 crossover to cope better with poorly surfaced country roads. The car needs to be petrol, comfortable and able to cope with motorway journeys. Her budget is £15K maximum....
I have to renew my licence which will take up to three weeks - meanwhile, can I drive to Germany?
Could you please define what a survivor classic car is?
My 90-year-old dad has suddenly decided to stop driving. His insurance runs out in a few days but as he lives far away I cannot get to see him before the insurance expires. The car has a valid MoT. Can...
My understanding of towing capacity is that it is based on the kerbweight of the vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend 85% of gross kerbweight. So how come so many large 4x4s can tow way above that weight?...
What is the best mid-sized van?
Could you recommend an outdoor cover for my 20-year-old Mazda MX 5? I expect the cover to remain on a week or more throughout the winter.
My son took his Dacia Duster in for its first service and was given a loan car. There was a fault on his car and a replacement part is needed but it is not known when this will be available in the UK....
I am buying a 2016 Range Rover Sport and my insurers say I must have a tracker fitted. Is there a way to check if it already has one? Do you recommend a particular type/model? Must it be with a monthly...
Should a 2003 diesel fail its MoT for the MIL not illuminating with the ignition?
My sister is in her late 60s and drives a 2004 Toyota RAV4 which she finds too large with a heavy clutch. She previously had a Peugeot 206 SW which she got on well with but in the rural area in which she...
I'm looking to buy a Mitsubishi L200 for work including towing a fairly heavy trailer. My is budget £7000. Obviously each vehicle is different but in principle, would you opt for a 2008 model with 50,000...
I am looking to sell my car but cannot find the V5C logbook. What is the procedure for getting a new one and will this delay the sale?
I have a 2003 Nissan Micra 1.2 that has recently been giving trouble. At first, it was just kangarooing for 30 seconds after moving off, then it got worse and would do it for maybe a minute or two. More...
I have a 2006 BMW 525i and there's a problem with the acceleration. The car idles fine with no noticeable odd noises coming from the engine. When I press on the accelerator the revs very slowly climb to...
My father and I have owned a 1988 Audi 100 2.0e Avant that's been in the family since new. We've put over 210,000 miles on it. It's a lovely comfortable, reliable, strong car with bags of torque, still...
I have a Ford Orion 1990 1.3 Equippe with under 30,000 on the clock and two owners from new. What is the value?
I have a Ford Sierra 1.6 petrol - the "lean burn economy engine". Unfortunately it suffered from hardened valve seats last year as it turned out not be converted to unleaded. New valve seats were put...
I'm looking for a good quality, two-seater sports car for the weekends that has a large petrol engine. I want it to have some unique qualities, not too ubiquitous on the roads and has the potential of...
I'm looking to spend £3500 - £4500 on a van to transport two motorbikes, as well as the potential to throw the surfboards in and go camping in too. I will be insulating the back post-purchase. I was looking...
I drive a Volkswagen Golf currently but need to change. I drive under 5000 miles annually, mostly around town. I need space for grandchildren in car seats (aged seven and nine) and so prefer 4/5 doors....
The remote functions on one of my keys for a 2005 Nissan X-Trail does not work. I have replaced the battery. It may be the circuit board is faulty or that it has lost its programming. How do I try to reprogram...
What is a fair market price for a 1998 BMW 728i which has done 50,000 miles with one driver? I see prices vary from £500 to several thousand pounds.
At the end of April this year my insurance company contacted me, claiming I had not informed them of an accident that happened a month earlier. I asked for more details as I haven't been involved in any...
Which is the best value, used 6/7 seater available at present?
I'm looking at second-hand cars with franchise dealers and I've found two similar cars - same spec, same age but different mileages. How much is it worth considering the mileage in the cost? Are there...
My partner is a named driver on my comprehensive policy. She scraped a parked car whilst driving my car. Claiming the repair costs for both cars will obviously increase my premiums for years to come. Is...
How do I set a price or value on an Audi 100CD that I am unsure of the mechanics of? We haven't driven it for 20+ years. It hasn't been garaged, just parked up on a driveway. We could scrap it but if someone...
I trade in second-hand cars. I recently purchased a car which turns out to have been an ex-hire car. The seller owns a small hire company. In May this year the seller transferred the car into his private...
As of 1 September 2019, we will see the arrival of 69-plate cars on our roads. What will we see on 1 March 2020?
My mother in law bought a Peugeot 208 a year ago and with 18,000 miles on the clock. The “clutch", which even though it is an automatic, has started going at a cost of £1700 to replace according to the...
I purchased a BMW M4 from my local main dealer last week and after paying a deposit I was advised (salesman said they were obligated to) that the car had been used for track days by BMW UK. I had asked...
After washing my car I noticed a few black dots on the offside rear wheel arch. I think that it’s road tar as the main road near where I live was resurfaced last week. What’s the best product to remove...
What is the best car polish or wax to protect my car's metallic paintwork from the dreaded bird droppings? I don't know what the pigeons around here eat but it is attacking the paintwork.
My car was inspected by an independent motor engineer in relation to an alleged incident with a parked vehicle. The minor scratches were found by me two years ago and no other vehicle or third party involved....
I've purchased car insurance, which is due to start on the 22 Aug. However, I've found a cheaper provider. Am I allowed to change my mind and cancel the policy even if the insurer has taken their fee from...
What's the best value car on the road?
I have a 68-plate Ford Transit Custom. The gear indicator on the dash (which tells you when to change gears) has stopped working. I’ve phoned my fleet team and they have said it’s a setting I need to change...
I've had a SEAT Leon for the last four years: zero road tax and 60+ to the gallon but the visibility is dreadful and I cannot get out of the car without getting my legs/trousers dirty or wet because of...
I'm looking for a secondhand SUV for around £20k that does good mpg and probably petrol as I no longer do the miles for a diesel. It must have some punch. What do you recomend?
What's the best used car under £1000?
I'm living in Cumbria; windy roads, mountain passes, narrow lanes and lots of potholes. My Suzuki SX4 is a brilliant 4WD car. However, it is not made anymore. What would be a similar car to look at for...
I presently have an E Class E320 CDI sport auto. I love it but it's a 2007 reg and has done 82,000 miles. What should I replace it with?
I've seen a car I like with a dealer, however, the MoT expired earlier this month. I've raised this with the dealer who has said they will put a year's MoT on it once it has sold, but that I can test drive...
My renewal has come up, and I have been quoted £400 fully comp, I have clean license of 25 years, never had an accident in my life except a puncture. And yet my sister has been driving less time than me...
I need a three-seater van that can pull a horsebox. My husband wants to go fully electric, but most small vans simply don't have the power to pull a loaded trailer. Any ideas?
We have a 2008 Citroen Berlingo Mulispace, which is perfect for putting bikes in without taking off the wheels, but it now doesn't comply with the London emission standards. The newer Berlingo is bulkier....
My son has a Mitsubishi Lancer which appears to run very well. However above 65mph the brakes seem to be very resistant when being pressed and need extra foot pressure, this can sometimes result in a sudden...
I have black liquid pouring out of the water coolant tank on my 2012 Ford Fiesta. What's wrong?
 

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