Questions from November 2019
We are thinking of buying a three-year-old car and have been asked whether we wish to have Supagard protection applied to the car. The car is in excellent condition. Is it worth doing this?
Any ideas of how water is entering my Volkswagen Eos and settling in the passenger footwell with no signs or evidence of any leaks via the roof drains or doors? I've cleared out the leaves and rubbish...
I am looking to buy a reliable 4x4 as our Volvo XC90 keeps getting stuck in our field. I'm considering either a Land Cruiser or a Nissan Pathfinder - which do you recommend?
Is the Sealey Trolley Jack 3010CX man enough to lift a Nissan X-Trail and would I have to buy an extra pair of axle stands? I am thinking of buying all these items for my 16-year-old grandson who is doing...
I was stopped by the police yesterday after my car came up as having no insurance. This was a shock as I have been paying £370 a month on a policy that started just a few months ago (when I passed my test)....
I bought two tyres for my Toyota MR2 in July 2016. I had a puncture and found out that both tyres were disintegrating (cracks have appeared) and the front wall of one of the tyres has a tear about three...
I recently noticed a length of soft foam (sealed in plastic) in the space inside the rear of the front wings of my son's Ford Transit Mk8, just below where water from the windscreen drain holes empty (and...
I am keen to buy a mid to large petrol estate, good to drive, room for four adults and gear. I do 5k to 8k miles a year - mixed town and country and want something with a perky modern and economical engine....
My Mercedes SLK has a faulty driver's door lock. The door won't open straight away and takes many pulses of the key fob button. I had used WD40 on the locking solenoid, this worked better for a time, but...
What is the expected life span of current batteries used in hybrid cars? And what is the cost of a replacement?
I have just purchased a new Skoda Karoq Scout with 19-inch wheels as standard. In the past three days I have managed heartbreakingly to kerb two of the wheels. In all my years of driving I cannot remember...
My son is a drummer in a band and struggles getting all his kit into his current Skoda Fabia. Could you recommend an SUV that would be fairly economic to run (low tax and good fuel) if there is such a...
Are brokers obliged to provide evidence of NCB if requested? I asked my broker to provide evidence because I wanted to change to a different provider who had offered a better price. They refused and made...
We're looking to replace our diesel Ford S-MAX. We need a similar size boot and our budget is £30,000. Most of our driving is local (in London) with at least eight trips to Manchester each year.
My son passed his driving test earlier in the year and we want to get him a dashcam for Christmas. What’s the best dashcam on the market? We want to get him the best one we can, something that’s packed...
We’ve been suffering from flooding in recent weeks and, as a result, the roads around us are absolutely filthy. We don’t have a pressure washer, but I think it’s not time to get one. What would you recommend...
What’s the best dog guard for an Audi Q2? I’ve looked at a few, but I’m not unsure as to what to go for. Also, do what gift recommendations do you have this year for dog owners?
Considering buying a few signal blocker pouches as stocking fillers. Some of them look a bit cheap and I’m not sure how effective they are. Are there any in particular that I should be looking at for around...
I need a fairly cheap, but sturdy, roof box for a bit of extra space over the holiday period. What’s out there? I don’t really want to spend any more than £150, ideally less.
Can you recommend a car experience day that’s a little bit different? Everyone does the supercar experiences and they are a little bit boring. What else out there is worth doing?
Obviously I’m not expecting this to be a full sat nav like a Garmin or something like that, but is it possible to get a small sat nav system for a bike (bicycle, not motorbike).
Ford has updated the Mondeo this year but has not brought out a new Vignale. Do you know if it is planning to do so?
Two weeks before returning from Spain in April 2020 my Green Card expires. My insurance company will automatically renew my policy but l not my card. I have to make the application following renewal which...
I am about to buy new tyres for my car but the one thing I am a little confused about is the end letter H or V etc. It is slightly cheaper by a few pounds to get the H. I don't go over 80 miles an hour...
If you take a car out of long term storage and drive it home to be garaged without tax or SORN, what would happen if the police stopped you? The car is insured.
Can you recommend a PHEV? It needs to be able to fit a full set of golf clubs and electric trolley in the back (with seats down). Range is important and budget is roughly £40,000. It needs to be nice to...
What type of stop/start battery is fitted to my Mercedes B-Class and why has it failed? The car is less than three years old and the mileage is 28000.
Does the 12v socket work when a car is not on or does it work when it's only on? I require a black box in my car and have to keep it plugged in for six months.
How much should I advertise my 1938 Morris 8 Series 2 for and where?
I wasn't sure whether it was worth buying a dash cam until today. A driver several cars behind me on a local 20mph road lost patience and overtook all the cars on the wrong side of the road and pulled...
I'm considering a large SUV which I'll buy new. Budget is not an issue. What do you suggest? As many Isofix seats as possible for my grandchildren is a priority.
We need to buy our first family car. We have two small children, so need room for a buggy. It will be mostly used for short journeys, but with some longer trips. Our budget is up to £10,000. We’d prefer...
My son hit a badger and his insurance has written off the car as a Category N. It is on finance and they are saying he cannot have the repairs done through insurance and will have to pay the shortfall....
I need to buy a cheap estate car to transport my two dogs. I have a budget of £1500 max ideally and will only do about 3000 miles a year. What do you recommend for reliability and ideally, cheap road tax?
I have a ‘black grape’ (purple) 1.6 litre Ford Escort Solar Cabrio bought from new in January 1995 so it’s a one-owner car. It has done just over 50,000 miles and has been regularly serviced. It runs well...
My 11-year-old Focus Diesel Estate is showing signs of rust. I was advised at the last MoT to get it waxoyl. Please could you tell me what is the general advice on such?
I currently drive a six-year-old Peugeot 2008. A great car but has the major drawback of feeling every bump in the road. And when you live in a poorly maintained road area such as Cardiff, that's a lot...
How much is a 1996 Bentley Brooklands 1996 worth? It has 42,000 miles on the clock, a full-service history and is as new.
My son has a Mini Copper 1992. We need a cover that will protect it over winter although he uses a cover in summer to protect from sunlight. We just need the best quality cover that breathes.
I want to change my Ford Connect for a Transit or Transit Custom. Most of my journeys are less than 10 miles - will I have DPF problems?
If at public charge points an electric car can charge from 40% to 80% in about 40 mins, what happens when the 80% charge is reached? Does the car continue to charge up towards 100% albeit at a slower rate,...
I've owned my 1995 Saab 900 2.5 V6 convertible for almost 10 years and I 've only seen two other 2.5 V6 convertibles for sale over the years. Would I be right in saying my car is rare in the UK? I'm considering...
I’d like to buy an automatic family car, with a budget of about £10,000. Is it possible to get a hybrid for this budget? I’m also interested in the highest possible safety rating. We’d mainly use the car...
Despite the unfashionable engine placement at the rear, historically speaking which rear-engined cars arguably had the most ideal suspension layout? I have seen a few examples cited as the Hillman Imp,...
Is the FenSens or similar available from a UK distributor please? The postage and tax for importing from the USA are prohibitive.
My car was stolen and recovered then sent to a repair centre which had it for two months. Two days after I received it back, most of the safety electronics shut down. It went back to them for another three...
Our daughter has just suffered a rear-end shunt sustaining severe damage to her Audi. Fortunately, she is signed up with the Audi Ensurance scheme who will deal with the claim for her alongside her regular...
I am planning to fly to Lyon or Geneva in mid-March 2020 and will be hiring a car for a week to go skiing in Courchevel. Please can you tell me whether hire cars at that time of year and at those pick...
My 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is due for new tyres and I would appreciate your advice on tyre choice. It came with Continental Conti Sport Contact 5 which have been good but I would like to know if there is...
Is the Lexus IS 250 a future classic? I own a 2008 IS 250 in very good condition and dealer maintained.
 

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