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I have put down a deposit on a used Toyota Yaris. There are small panels on the body above the wheels that look rusty or dirty around the edges. The dealer says they are protective add ons that can't be...
My daughter has an MG TF 160 VVC which she will trade-in for a Fiat 500 Lounge. The garage has offered her £300 trade-in. Is there a better way to sell the car? It is in reasonable condition and has only...
A dodgy back is forcing the sale of my Jaguar XKR and I need something with a higher driving position. I can do without 500-odd horses and would like something with a more natural driving experience. Any...
I am becoming more interested in purchasing an electric car and at the age of 72 and a low mileage driver want it to last a long time. I imagine that the battery in an electric car is a lot different from...
I'm reluctantly looking for a small automatic to replace my 11 year old Fiat Panda, I see Kia Picanto made your top 10 but not Fiesta or Corsa which I'm also considering. I cover mostly short town trips,...
I bought a van off eBay which stated it had done 72,000 miles. When I went to collect it the owner said it was hard to find one with such low mileage. It turns out that the millage is closer to 200,000....
I have owned Toyota hybrids for a few years now and have been satisfied with the quality and performance. My wife and I cover about 12,000 miles a year. It's mixed driving (motorway, country roads and...
Which makes and models are good for potholes and speed bumps?
What estate cars have a large, long boot when the seats are folded flat or removed?
What are the insurance implications if you change tyres for those with a different speed rating. For example you go for 91H XL tyres instead of 94V or W XL tyres? Many winter tyres appear to come in lower...
I am thinking about buying a Rover 400. Is there a particularly good model or year? Is there a scheme or way of checking that a car is in reasonable condition before buying.
Our next-door neighbour keeps reversing his works vehicle into our two-metre high garden wall to provide him with security for the contents. Attempts to resolve have been ignored. We have clear damage...
I need two tyres for a Honda Jazz ES+. It has 185/55/16 Continental Premium Contact fitted at present. What would you recommend I should consider? Should new tyres be fitted front or rear?
I visit my daughter in UK for about three months each year, sometimes in two separate visits of about six weeks, sometimes for three months. I have a clean Australian driving licence and am aged 80. Buying...
I am considering selling my Austin Allegro Super Deluxe two door, 1100. It has a quartic steering wheel, original paint and is in very good condition. What is a rough value?
I am looking to get a valuation on my BMW 320Ci Sports Coupe E46 which is silver in colour and has a full service history that has done 54,000 miles and the car is in pristine condition. Full leather seats...
I am looking for a car for my daily commute which will cover approximately 15,000 miles a year. I am looking for a cheap car to run, something that won't give me hassle and would keep its value if I do...
Where do I locate glow plug relay on my Volkswagen Passat B6 2.0 TDI?
I have a 2012 BMW 520d. The battery is the original and would not start the car after not being used for two weeks. It's fine when I use the car regularly. Is this a job I can do myself, or does the battery...
I have a 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible and it has started running warmer on longer journeys. The water and engine oil are topped up. It normally runs at above 85 degrees then shoots up to 100 degrees,...
Do the Goodyear Vector tyres have as flexible sidewalls as Michelin Cross Climate? The ride in our Meriva is very hard and although I fitted the Michelin to our old Meriva I did not notice much of an improvement....
I am looking for a quiet and comfortable used car for about £10,000. I want petrol car and will consider hybrids/ EVs - although doubt I can afford a good one. Economy is not of real importance, but, that...
My car has failed its MoT as there is only one rear fog light working. Does my Rover 75 have one or two rear fog lights?
Can the DVLA legally clamp an untaxed and SORN-less car parked on private land?
I have just picked up a six-month-old Jaguar XF with less than 4000 miles on the clock, from a Jaguar garage. On driving home I noticed a mark on the windscreen, which turned out to a repaired chip. The...
I bought a camper van paid in a private sale for around £8000. On getting it home and driving it to Wales I find it crunches in 2nd gear and the clutch slips and the revs stay high. I have taken it to...
I have acquired a 1978 motorcycle which I will be restoring. I have accordingly applied for a SORN, with the intention of applying for historic vehicle tax when the vehicle is roadworthy again, has insurance...
We have a Toyota Avensis Estate diesel which was bought new in May 2014. We followed the then-Government's advice to buy a diesel car. We assume the car has no resale value so would you advise us to change...
My brand new Mercedes-Benz caught fire. It broke down and I didn't get any warning signs on the dashboard so I called Mercedes roadside assistance and they sent the RAC to check my car. After two hours...
We live in a small street of terraced houses with a small garage but limited off street parking. We currently drive an old Mini Metro that just about fits in the garage. I want to change it for a Volkswagen...
I'm looking to buy a hybrid van. What's in the pipeline for 2020?
I am looking to buy a newish car from BCA auctions but what month of the year is best to buy and save that little buy extra?
What's the best sub £4500 car for towing a caravan with special reference to reliability? I've been told 4x4's are the way to go from friends who tow however some people swear by a good RWD estate like...
My parked car was hit by another, the driver didn't stop but witnesses took the registration number and gave it to me and also took pictures. How do I find who the owner is?
What do I have to do to put my Cat S write off back on the road? Do I have to contact the DVLA and get it re-registered? I assume I need to tell my insurance company?
I have a Nissan Micra which I am considering replacing for an automatic city car. I like the Kia Picanto. However, I am wondering if I should consider buying an electric car? My mileage is around 4000...
My used Land Rover Discovery Sport was bought from main a dealer in 2018 as an ex-demonstrator. After four months the engine was replaced under warranty. After another four months during a service, the...
I have a budget of £15,000 and am looking for an estate car with a petrol engine. What would be the best choice?
Are front engine, rear wheel drive cars more stable in the wet than front engine, front wheel drive?
Can you recommend someone to do a pre-purchase inspection on a 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz SL? The car is in Wigan. Is it best to use the RAC?
I have been offered a 1992 Mercedes-Benz W202 estate with 60,000 miles on the clock. It has one owner from new and it's in good condition - what do you think would be a reasonable offer to make? It has...
My Outlander PHEV is three years old and has been an excellent car. I'm just starting to have a nag at the back of my mind about battery life and the consequent cost of replacement. Could I have your views...
Why has my monthly road tax suddenly increased by a pound or two?
What is best compact SUV overall for value, performance and economy?
Do you have any advice as to why my Citroen Xsara 1.4 petrol won’t rev properly? I’ve changed the throttle body and added fuel treatment. It runs and drives but it just won’t give a full rev as if it’s...
I have a Jaguar XK8 that will need a battery trickle charger over winter. It has a Yuasa YBX 3000 battery, 12 v 95 Ah 850 A. I would be grateful if you could recommend an appropriate charger as I am aware...
Should my 2016 Ford Focus have DRLs whether LED or not?
I will be returning to UK after four months in Spain. My MoT has expired while away. Can I drive my car home from Dover without an MoT?
I am thinking of buying a 2015 Ford Transit Custom with 138,000 miles. I'm a little concerned at what to look for with this mileage, but I will only average 2000 miles a year and would probably keep it...
I had a Jaguar E-Type with a dealer on sale or return. I've been notified by the DVLA that the car has been sold and they have amended my records. I have not been paid for the car and it appears the dealer...
 

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