Questions from January 2020
Although I love my Nissan Qashqai my wife would prefer a slightly smaller SUV. The car must be an automatic and as comfortable as the Qashqai with similar performance. What do you recommend please?
I have a 2014 Toyota Auris Hybrid. When can I expect to start having expensive repairs such as a replacement battery?
For EV owners who do not have off-street home charging and are thus forced to use public EV charging, will repeated use of high Kw rapid chargers damage the battery in the long term?
I have a Ford Orion that has been locked up since 2005 with 92,000 miles on the clock. Would it be best to sale for restoration project, for spares or reluctantly scrap it?
Following surgery next March/April, I will be unable to drive my petrol Mazda CX-3 (mileage 8000) for approximately two months. The car will be garaged during that time. Will there be consequences if it...
I bought a Honda Jazz in November 2019 but it was first registered in Mar 2019. The main dealer has asked if I want the brake pads removed and the discs cleaned of dust and stones at an extra £69. Is this...
I have just had a reminder for my Corsa 1.4T third year service and MoT from the dealership. It came with recommended TLC like bacterial cleanse at £24.95, brake fluid change at £49.95 and engine flush...
I have a Volkswagen T-Roc and when reversing the car makes creaking noises. What is the cause?
My son has changed the frame on his Suzuki Bandit 600 after he got rear-ended but his VIN doesn't match. He's been issued a new one from the DVLA but my question is where do you get the new VIN number...
Would you have any recommendations for stopping drivers from parking on a white line outside my house? There are parents picking up children and become abusive if I ask them to move.
My current car (an older polluting diesel) is going to be scrapped in return for a significant discount on a new car. However in prep for the MoT in a couple of days I took my current car to Halfirds today...
I've been involved in an accident two days ago. When the police took my details they have found out that my driving licence was revoked seven years ago, of which I obviously didn't know. I've contacted...
What's the best way to treat mould on the dash, door upholstery and seats?
My wife has a 2013 Nissan Micra and finds in certain conditions that the windows severely mist up, even on a dry day. We have checked there are no damp carpets, no damp patches under the spare wheel nor...
What happened to solid state batteries? They were going to transform electric cars, with full charging times in minutes?
A third party car passenger alleged we collided with the car he was in and his solicitors have contacted my insurers seeking injury compensation. My annual premium increased from £510 to £1140 as a result...
Do named drivers have the same cover as the main driver on a fully comprehensive policy?
At present we have a 2004 Toyota Yaris which we are looking to change. What would be a good equivalent replacement for this? We have a budget of between £8000 - £12000. We have been looking at the Kia...
My third brake light is an LED strip of nine lights. Two of them are out, is this an MoT fail?
I'm looking to replace our ageing Vauxhall Zafira and a local garage is selling Volkswagen models imported from Japan. Most have very low mileages but all seem to have DSG gearboxes. As they are models...
My 2013 Volvo V40 offside daytime running light is out - would this be an MoT fail?
My son bought a car in 2017 and I insured it in my name with two named drivers on the policy - myself as the main driver my partner and son as named drivers. Since then he has had two accidents which...
I got flashed by a speed camera on a motorway gantry even though there was no speed limit displayed. If I receive a ticket can I opt for a speed awareness course and if so will I still get penalty points?...
I have bought my Cat S write off back. Do I need to re-register it even though I have owned it for several years? And do I need to re-MoT it as there is six months MoT left?
I currently drive an Audi TT, which I really enjoy, however it's no longer compatible with having two children. I would like a reasonably powerful hatchback, probably 2-3 years old and safe for the kids....
I have a small estate which was comfortable enough when I purchased it. Recently I have found my back and hips disagreeable - a medical issue. The car is not helping in the slightest. I am offered little...
What is the best product to bring back the colour of plastic trim that is now faded and should be black.
I've just bought a Peugeot 308 car that was registered 18 months ago. I've tried to fit several steering wheel stop locks but none fit due to shape and size of the steering wheel. Could you recommend one...
I want to replace our Smart Fortwo with as small a car as possible but that still seats four. As it's only a shopping car, we are looking at the Renault Zoe, but my car having been a faultless series of...
What is the smallest EV car available? Closest in size to a Hyundai i10 preferred.
What do you think of the Mercedes-Benz W126 range? Especially the V8 engine cars, the 420 and 500 models?
I am thinking of a touchscreen upgrade to a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS. What would be the best option in looks as well as price?
I'm looking at buying a 10 year old Mercedes-Benz SLK with 22,000 on the clock. However, it has only been serviced at 9000 miles (2014) and just recently by the car dealer. What do I need to have done...
My nearside window wiper has stopped working. The problem is the ball and socket mechanism which drives the wiper is worn and the ball end just comes out of the socket. I have tried to put a rubber glove...
Can I get GAP Insurance for my 18-year-old BMW 5 Series? The market value is about £2500. But I paid £9000 for a completely refurbished example. I bought from a specialist BMW dealer and the vehicle is...
The Government will apparently pay up to 35% of the total cost of EVs and PHEVs but reading up and trying to do my homework on government grants etc they only pay up to £3500 towards it which I feel is...
I am looking for an automatic car and the main requirement is a higher seating position. I have a dodgy hip so this makes getting in and out of the car easier. Have you got any suggestions? My budget is...
What would be the best navigation unit to buy for using on a fly drive around the USA?
What medium-sized automatic would you recommend for motorway driving, up to 20k miles per year. I had a Mazda 3 1.5 petrol but it was thirsty. I'm looking for something less with a budget of £8k-£10k.
My car has been written off as a Cat N and my insurer is now saying it will not insure the car until it has been repaired and it should not be driven. It is perfectly driveable and all damage is superficial....
After 40 years vehicles are exempt from road fund tax? Is the 40 years from the date of manufacture or the date of registration?
I am looking at small SUVs but there is a load of difference in their touchscreen infotainment systems. I’m mid-70s and I don’t want to distract from my driving by difficult touchscreens. Which are the...
I am considering buying a BMW Z4 and my budget is £12000 - which models would you recommend keeping in mind running costs? And what age of vehicle could I expect for the money? Also should I be overly...
Last week I was travelling in one direction on the motorway when a HGV driving in the other direction lost a section of the top of the trailer approx 10ft by 10ft. This flew across the motorway hitting...
I am considering leasing a Renault Zoe. Is insurance higher if the vehicle is leased?
We have a dashcam hardwired into our car from new. Should this be declared as a modification to the vehicle?
Will a non-opening rear door mean an MoT fail?
I have bought a secondhand Volkswagen T5, which was professionally converted to a pop-top camper. It is still registered with the DVLA as a transporter panel van on the V5C. Should I try and re-register...
I'm looking for an electric car that can tow a small trailer for gardening. I have a diesel for distance and can use that for towing but would like to try and reduce the families CO2.
I have a 2015 Citroen C3 Picasso and need to upgrade my headlights. I am under the impression that LED bulbs are the best? But does my wiring support LEDs? Or would I be better with halogen?
 

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