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I need to upgrade my wife's car from her 2008 Toyota Aygo. It's been great but she's never liked the semi-automatic style gearbox. Is there a decent, automatic, city car? Many thanks in advance.
My 2006 Volvo C70, which is not garaged, regularly has damp and in some cases water on the base of the boot well. In addition, the car's interior gets lots of condensation, sometimes so that the windscreen...
Can someone make a car insurance claim against you without any evidence, witnesses or a police report?
Two months ago my son had an accident in his 2006 Vauxhall Corsa resulting in no structural damage but a broken plastic front end. The insurer wrote off the car as uneconomic to repair. He was paying his...
We're buying a new or nearly new van conversion-type campervan in the next year or two, most likely a 6m long Knaus. Most big brands like Knaus are based on the Fiat Ducato and, for 2020, Fiat has just...
Volvo V70R models have suddenly come down in price with only Japanese imports available previously. I know they are a wolf in sheep's clothing but at £5000 with 300bhp they seem a steal. Anything I should...
I bought a 1.5 TSI VW Passat Estate GT in September and I'm very happy with the buy. I moved from a 2.0 TDI to the mid-sized petrol engine due to the overall MPG and power. This move was mainly down to...
I recently suffered a back injury leaving me with some discomfort and a weak left leg. I'm looking for an auto, up to 2.0-litre, 3 or 5 door hatch to suit my 6'4" frame. I have up to about £4000, giving...
I was at a launch event for the new Renault Zoe the other evening and the sales team were unsure that the battery lease scheme was going to be available from 2020 as apparently the T&C's caused too many...
Having sold my two classic Triumphs, I'm at the age where I'm having difficulty in doing full maintenance jobs but still appreciate driving and owning a classic car as my hobby. Is there a car that I could...
I've owned a Renault Grand Modus for the last 7years. I Iike the car very much, but it's showing it's age. I have £7000 - £10,000 to spend on a used car and I have been offered £1000 for my Modus against...
I'm buying my first car, new or used I have no preference. I would like a five-door, manual transmission, small run around hatchback. My budget is around £10,000, although I could go higher if needed....
I'm tempted by the 2017 Nissan Qashqai but I've seen some mixed reviews. I'm not sure whether I should buy one. What do you think?
Why are electric cars so expensive? Surely nearly all the components are cheaper to produce than conventional petrol/diesel versions.
I’ve just returned to the UK from New Zealand and planning to stay for three years. I was planning to buy a one or two-year-old Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento or Peugeot 5008 diesel. Good SUV with nice...
I have an old three-door Audi A3. I was thinking of buying a three-door Volkswagen Gold but understand these are discontinued so I'm concerned that three-door hatchbacks are becoming rare. I want another...
My car is a Cat S write off. How do I get it off the register? All repairs have been done but my insurance quotes are ridiculous so I need it off the register.
At present, I own a 2016 Vauxhall Mokka which I am very happy with but I would like something more comfortable. I'm 6'3" tall and well into my retirement years. I need an automatic crossover and the one...
I'm looking at replacing our current car for a nice, fuel-efficient car for our daily commute. Currently, I drive a 140-mile round trip every working day so looking for something that's frugal, yet isn’t...
I have a full UK driving and motorcycle licence. Can I drive a microcar?
Our insurer has deemed our car beyond repair and put a Cat N write off on the car. We can buy back the car - it only needs a front door and a small bit of bodywork - but what do I do next once they have...
Is Ford keeping the Mondeo in production or not? If they are, is the Vignale still going to be offered? Also, is the Powershift automatic gearbox still going to be used? The dealers don't seem to be able...
I'm thinking of replacing my Ford C-Max next year. The contenders are a Volvo V50, Skoda Octavia Estate or VW Passat Estate? What are the pitfalls of purchasing a high mileage vehicle (75,000+ miles and...
I'm considering buying a small SUV and have narrowed it down to three options, all petrol automatics: Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX3 or Suzuki Vitara. Which would you recommend? Or am I missing an obvious alternative?
I'm downsizing my home and hope to return to my West Lancashire roots next year; somewhere rural with a garage. I fancy a Porsche Taycan - I love its looks and running costs are obviously more important...
My car was hit whilst in a supermarket car park. The driver who hit it left a first name and a mobile number. When I rang her she admitted blame and asked to not go through the insurance, to which I agreed....
I took my Fiat Doblo (86,000 miles) for a regular service and MoT to my normal garage, who I feel are trustworthy. On that morning, and afterwards at the garage, the car was found to be misfiring and smoking...
I've been offered a 1999 Lexus GS300. Could you tell me if it comes under classic car insurance?
My daughter skidded off a B road in the Scottish Borders yesterday. The road was heavily covered in mud from tractor work in the adjacent field. There was no "mud on road" warning signs posted. Her 2009...
I'm trying to reach a reasonable value for a 1992 Ford Escort 1.4 base model (3-door). How much do you think it would be worth if I put it up for sale?
To enter my car, one has to use the remote locking key. Is aluminium foil a sufficient way to prevent a theft attempt by someone without the key?
While driving slowly along a narrow road, a car that was parked on the side reversed into my front door. This was three months ago. I noticed him reversing and sounded my horn but he continued to reverse....
I was rear-ended by a vehicle and the cost to repair my car is £1981. My car is valued at £1500. Will their insurance pay out?
Is a 10-year-old Range Rover Sport TDV6 good value at £8000 with 99,000 miles on it?
I recently bought a Land Rover Discovery and am very pleased with it. Unlike my previous vehicle, it didn't come with a reversing camera. What is the best retro-fit model and, as I am also interested in...
I was flashed out of a side road onto the main road by a minibus which was turning right. The weather was atrocious. As I moved over to the left-hand side of the main road, a car travelling on the same...
I drove through floodwater in my BMW X3. The car broke down. The BMW breakdown service initially advised that they could not recover me and I'd have to call the fire service. The firemen got me out of...
Is it normal to pay higher insurance for an imported car like a Nissan Elgrand?
I'm looking to buy a secondhand, seven-seater car that runs on LPG. I wanted an LPG car because I'm looking for a way to save money on fuel costs. However, I never had an LPG car before. I've shortlisted...
What would be the best all-season tyres for a Volkswagon Polo? Would they be much noisier to drive on than standard tyres?
I'm thinking about a new family car to replace our Saab 9-5 Estate as it's 10 years old and very expensive to run. But it's also very nice to travel over distance in and sufficiently swift. So what should...
I love my Daihatsu Terios, which I have had now for about 10 years. I call it the Tardis as it is deceptively roomy. I'm now looking to buy something similar - high driving position and not too wide or...
Do you have any suggestions for cleaning cloudy headlamps?
I'm going from a SEAT Leon FR to an Arona FR. What is the difference speed-wise, please?
My MINI Cooper kist failed its MoT because it needs a total rear brake replacement. I was told it had warped rear callipers, worn rear disks, pads and sensors - which were required at 29,000 miles. The...
I have just returned a rental van to the hire company. During my time in the vehicle, a stone was thrown up from a truck in front and cracked the windscreen. The hire company has said this is not covered...
I'm thinking of replacing my 2012 diesel Volvo V50 with a 3 or 4 year old Porsche Macan. Should I go for the 2.0 petrol rather than the diesel variant? We will not be towing anything so don't need the...
I bought my Volkswagen Tiguan from a local VW dealer just over 12 months ago for £14,000. It has only done 26,500 miles. The engine management light has come on but there is no problem with slowing down...
I'm buying a vehicle on PCP with a choice of a Lexus UX with premium and tech safety pack or a Vauxhall Grandland X Ultimate - which is £100 cheaper per month. Servicing on the Lexus is 10,000 or one year,...
 

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