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I have recently purchased a Skoda Octavia which is fitted with low profile tyres. Can it be fitted with normal tyres? The existing tyres are 225/40 R18
I have a Volkswagen Polo. It's always been a bit 'misty' but over recent months it has got really bad. This morning during my 45-minute journey to work it just didn't clear. It's outside and inside. I've...
I have a diesel Ford Focus. With all the controversy concerning diesels, is there a petrol hybrid estate you would recommend?
I had a car accident and my insurance company are happy for me to not claim as long as the owner of a field the car ended up in confirms they have been compensated by me directly (the car knocked down...
I am a new owner of a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E220 Estate which is coming up for a B5 service. The cost of this service at a Mercedes dealership is a checking fee of £850, hourly rate of £200 and parts on top,...
My 17 year old son has had a telematics box fitted for the full duration of his two months of driving since he passed his test. His driving has been improving generally with a general reduction of 30-40%...
I have recently been involved in a car accident where I was not at fault. The car's damage, which was mostly done to the front bumper on the driver's side, was reasessed by my insurers and deemed to be...
I am looking for a small van to tow 800kg. What do you suggest?
What is the law on sleeping overnight across the seats in a 3.5t van?
A friend asked if someone with whom he had done a house and car swap, could drop off his car at my house. When the car arrived he had his wife and two teenage children with him. They needed to go to the...
I have a Mercedes-Benz GLC first registered in March 2017. A third party car recently rear-ended me. He had insurance and accepted liability. His insurance has repaired the car, but a colleague has mentioned...
I know I'm not the only one going to Europe over half term who is concerned as what precautions to take when we travel out while in the EU and return after a probable Brexit. What will be the changes for...
At a recent service for my Volvo XC60 I asked for the wheels to be swapped back to front to even out wear - as suggested in the Volvo handbook. This was not done as I was initially told that it was not...
Should my 2016 BMW 320 M Sport always be fitted with run flat tyres?
I have just had a disabled parking bay put outside my house. Just behind me is a dropped kerb. My neighbour continually blocks me in and is blocking the drop down kerb. Is she allowed to do this? And if...
My brother-in-law has a Skoda Rapid and needing two new tyres asked which end should have the new ones. I said new ones on the rear but his Skoda dealer has said that "on this car they should be on the...
Can I legally park a braked small horse trailer (no horses) on a public highway? What if anything does it need and does is it an agricultural vehicle?
How important is it for all four tyres to be exactly the same? I have a Jaguar XE (2019 model year).
Can I fit new all weather tyres to the front of my Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC and have summer tyres on the rear which still have a lot of tread?
I've agreed a price with a private seller for a car I want to buy and am happy to proceed with the sale. They've asked me to pay by bank transfer and I can collect as soon as it's cleared. As the amount...
I am planning on replacing all four shock absorbers on my Audi A3. Is there anything else I should get done along with the shocks which will improve the ride quality as currently over speed humps and pot...
There is an immaculate Subaru Brat for sale but I cannot find a true value. The Owner is asking £12-15k. I have never seen one in this condition. How to I find the correct value?
I own a 2018 Jeep Compass and wish to use a Nextbase 312GW dash cam. Can you advise the best position for it and how best to wire it? I do not wish to have it connected on a permanent basis.
What is the best new pick-up for a farmer?
I have a 1980s Renault 4 but it has no front head restraints. Having had major neck surgery a few years ago I'm keen to have something. I'm struggling to find a pair of slide on, accessory, head restraints....
At some point in the future, the batteries on electric cars will need to be replaced. I have yet to see any indication of the cost of this. I expect it to be expensive and must surely impact on the second-hand...
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....
My colleague has just been hit with an enormous bill to replace a cracked glass roof. When he read the small print of his policy, he's not covered for the rear screen either. Is that standard or just cost...
Our son had a crash on a 'C' class road, with no white lines. He was approaching a blind left-hand bend, on a road which he drives every day, so he is always aware of how blind it is. As he got halfway...
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....
 

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