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We used a meet and greet company at Manchester airport. When we returned from a two week holiday the car had a badly damaged bumper. To replace it will cost around £700. They claim they did not damage...
I've got back problems and need a car seat that doesn't tilt backwards, needs to be automatic and have cruise control with a budget of up to £7k. Big ask for that price but any suggestions? What about...
We are looking for a family car. We have a Ford C-MAX but it is old. We often ferry kids around but do not require a massive seven-seater. We loved the C-MAX for its big boot as we have two children and...
I keep being phoned and told that I have been involved in an accident that was not my fault. My response is that I have not had an accident and please do not phone again. They always do. Is this sort of...
Would a 1998 Jaguar XK8 be a good investment? Where I work there is one stored in an open-ended barn. The (retired) owner does not appear to use it. I've had a look around and it all seems original and...
What type of funnel should I use to refill the Adblue liquid?
I'm looking at buying an E39 BMW 5 Series. Several I've seen online from dealers are low mileage Japanese imports. Should I avoid these or are they okay to give serious consideration to? I guess I'm concerned...
Sadly it's time for our 2003 Beetle Convertible to move on after 10 years. Its replacement must be okay for my wife and our 17-year-old learner daughter. It's a second car so manual, petrol and mainly...
I have a 1989 Volkswagen Golf and the floor of the passenger footwell is soaked. I have been using the heaters a lot this week to demist the windows, I can’t find any leaks in seals around the doors or...
I am thinking about buying a 2019 Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge 2.0 TSI 245 DSG. Is this a seven-speed wet box or some other type of automatic gearbox?
I drive lower than average miles per year, 6000 perhaps. I prefer to be sitting up-right, as in a little 4WD. I would like as economical a car as possible, in terms of running and maintaining. I have a...
I have just bought a 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230. I need advice regarding the rocker cover. On most of the SLK 230s of this vintage the rocker cover is painted white. On my car the front end of the rocker...
After years of driving a Honda CR-V to tow a caravan, I now need to downsize. I like the high driving position and need to have room for a large dog and a wheelchair. Is the Honda jazz a viable replacement?
I’m looking for a seven-seater about five years old. When all seven seats are up it would still need room for a double pushchair and shopping?
If a car bought from a major franchised dealership develops a serious problem within six months would it make more sense to insist the original dealer fix it for free rather than make a warranty claim...
My father needs to sell his 1993 Peugeot 205 automatic as he is no longer able to drive. It is in good condition with an MoT until Feb 20. What value could I expect and where would be the best place to...
I'm looking to change my car. I need a practical reliable family car with decent performance, but I'd like your advice please on whether I should go for petrol or hybrid or electric? My concern is if I...
When making a cash offer to a franchised dealer for a used car, what would be a reasonable percentage deduction of the asking price to suggest?
I have a BSA C15 that was last taxed in 1987 and is not on a SORN. How do I sell the plate?
I recently had my car badly scratched, but while it was all caught on my CCTV, the culprit had his face covered by a hoodie. Can you recommend a dash cam with 360 vision and motion-triggered to improve...
I had an accident in my wife's car which was deemed my fault and her insurance paid out as I am a named driver. When the renewal comes up for my car, (a different insurance company), do I have to tell...
I am getting a SEAT Leon FR Black Edition and I want to keep it clean at all times and in the best shape possible. From your knowledge what is the best car care pack I could buy without being silly money...
Are any of the apps available to turn a smartphone into a car code reader any good?
Would you recommend the Vantrue M1 mirror dashcam? I drive a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi with rear barn doors. I would be looking at it being hardwired.
My son is an additional driver on my policy. He is 19 and has a ban for 28 days from court today for speeding. Do I need to let my insurance know about his ban?
My wife has been accused of failing to stop at the scene of an accident. She is hysterical, says it never happened and there is no damage to our vehicle. We can produce shopping receipts with times either...
Do I need to inform my insurer if I carry medicinal oxygen in my vehicle please?
When I take my Triumph GT6 out, the coil overheats. I have changed the coil, ballast resistor, condenser and have had the points and the timing. Is it the alternator playing up intermittently?
What is the best automatic diesel car for taxi use please?
How do I recover my uninsured losses following a no fault car accident?
I live in Cardiff and regularly travel to Heathrow and Guildford. I am tempted by a Tesla Model 3 Long Range but am concerned at its all year suitability for a 260 mile round trip. The 260 miles is at...
I have a 15-year-old Peugeot 206 CC and want to replace it with a modern alternative, what should I look at?
I am thinking of replacing my four summer tyres with all season tyres, for my Skoda Octavia. If I have a puncture is it legal to use my existing spare wheel which has a summer tyre? This wheel is full...
Are rear-wheel drive cars easier to drive in winter conditions if the engine is also rear fitted e.g. as in a Smart?
Is the high level braking light part of the MoT test? I have read somewhere that if it is fitted it must work. Mine has stopped working and I cannot find out why. If I remove it completely as long as the...
We are looking to buy a used family SUV that is economical and reliable. We’d want to avoid the small SUVs (Qashqai) and need a but more space. Can you recommend something below £12,000?.
My Subaru Outback ABS and traction light keeps coming on. The dealer had a quick look with a diagnostic tool that gave the pump as a problem. It then went off for a week. It has come on and off several...
I have just bought a Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost and an audible warning is intermittently sounding. A warning flashes up on the dash but disappears before I can read it. Any ideas?
I've got an old paper UK driving licence that will expire in three years time when I'm 70. Is there any good reason to spend £20 to change it for a photocard version?
What is the best small car for an elderly lady? It needs to be secondhand, low mileage, reliable, petrol, automatic and good size boot.
My MGB Roadster was registered 01-01-1981. What date will it be eligible to be classed as a historic vehicle?
I am thinking of buying a small car but would prefer automatic. The choice seems very limited - can you advise why this is. The Volkswagen Up is no longer available in automatic. The Hyundai i10 has very...
I have a B-reg Ford Orion. It has been standing for several years, but is in pretty good condition all things considered and I think should be a fairly straightforward restoration. It was a perfect runner...
I want to upgrade my diesel BMW X3 to an automatic petrol hybrid, what would you recommend?
I need to take my Jag XF AWD once each year to Luxembourg during October. Do I need cold climate tyres and if so which do you recommend? Priorities are comfort and legal.
I'm looking for a car with a sliding sunroof. "Sunroof" in an advert generally means one that opens (as of course does "electric sunroof"), but "panoramic sunroof" seems to mean either an opening one or...
We want to upgrade our family car which at the moment is a Hyundai i30. We were considering getting a diesel Volvo V40 but are confused whether this would be our best option? My partner drives a 44 mile...
I am trying to sell my 2001 Volkswagen Lupo but the advertising website would not accept the advert as their records had the car registered as a Cat B. I have owned the car four years having bought it...
I drive a 2012 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI with the Powershift gearbox. When I am driving at around 40-50 mph, the engine revs fluctuate up and down probably 1-200 revs, it feels like clutch slip! Any ideas please?
I have a Volkswagen Golf and have a problem which has been ongoing for the past few weeks with a steering wheel that becomes sticky after about 20 minutes of driving. It is nothing to do with me gripping...
 

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