Questions from February 2020
My wife's Suzuki Vitara petrol is only used for occasional short trips and the battery is running low on charge. Can I charge it in situ using a standard non-smart battery charger without disconnecting...
I need to buy my first car and I really like the Nissan Micra 1.2 petrol. It's 15-years-old, are there any common faults/problems I need to be aware of?
I'm looking to trade up on my current Hyundai i40 Tourer that I've had for five years. I want to find something with a reasonably sized boot but it needs to be higher and easier to get into. I dont like...
Would all-season tyres on my Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate increase comfort compared to the standard summer tyres?
I hit a parked car recently. The owner didn't call the police. A week later she brings a receipt from a body shop trying to make me pay her £500 for repairs. I'm on a fixed income. What should I do?
Is it correct that the law states that speeds are 10mph less on some UK roads for vans? I don't see many comply, including myself, and I have 45+ years experience driving vans.
I've got a 2004 Renault Megane. The car is pulling to the right when accelerating. And after braking the car feels like it's dragging. I'm confused, any suggestions?
The Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto both come with automated manual transmissions. Why do they not get torque converter gearboxes?
We had the catalytic converter stolen from our 2007 Honda Jazz on our doorstep last night at 6:45pm, whilst we were home. They drove off as soon as we got out after hearing some metal cutting sounds. CCTV...
I have damp on the floor of the passenger side of my ten year old Volkwagen Passat. Where is this likely to be coming from?
My two year old Ford Fiesta auto is due for its service and I have been told that the brake fluid also needs changing. Is this necessary?
Audi has offered me a one-year deal to extend the standard three-year warranty. They want £334 for my A1 petrol Sportback. Do you consider this good value?
I'm looking for a second car that I can insure my 19-year-old son on. My wife insists the car must be automatic and 5-door (as she will also use it). I can see that very few 1-litre cars are autos. What's...
I'm looking to replace my 2005 Kia Picanto (automatic) with something similar, but more up to date. My budget is up to £8000 and a torque converter would be preferred. I'm only doing 4000 miles a year....
I'm planning on selling my 2006 Renault Clio. It has roof bars attached, which I don't plan to remove. Would they add value?
If I was unfortunate and got caught in a flood that was say two feet deep, what would happen in an electric car. Would a battery short cause electrocution of occupants or cause a fire? How safe would...
Can I tow a 2.5 - 3-tonne trailer with a Volkswagen Crafter without a tachograph?
Is the catalytic converter on a 2014 SEAT Leon fairly easy to steal?
I'd like to fit run-flat tyres to Mitsubishi ASX. The standard tyres size is 225/55/18 but run-flats don't come in that size. My local tyre dealer recommends 245/45/18 which are available as run-flats....
I do one trip of about three non-winter months in the UK per year where I keep my Mercedes-Benz 190E (no problems) garaged. I am considering replacing it with a W221 S-Class. The car is home garage stored...
I bought a car in November 2019 but didn't receive a three-month warranty paperwork from the used car dealer. The engine was making a ticking noise but the dealer just said it was the turbo. Since then...
I am looking for a dash camera under £50, one of the things it must have is the ability to tell how fast I am going at the time of the film being taken. I can buy a more expensive one second hand if there...
How many Renault 5 Monaco 1720cc manuals are left on the road?
I 've had two 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models and both rusted. When did Mercedes start using better steel on their E-Class?
I currently drive a Land Rover Freelander. I love it, but my conscience says I need a less polluting small car for my 23-mile round commute on country roads. My needs are, low mpg, not a sports car, sub...
I am looking after a Citroen DS3 for a friend working abroad. It has a soft cloth top folding roof but part of the roof has green mould on it and I was wondering what is the best product to remove it?
I am thinking about buying a classic Mini Cooper. The car is 1998 R reg, with 49000 miles. All the history checks out on gov.uk, there's no corrosion and the car appears in good order. I am intending on...
Currently, most petrol sold in the UK is E5 i.e 5% ethanol. I understand that the Government is considering increasing this to 10%. What would the effect of this be, especially on older cars, and in both...
The original Ford EcoSport automatic had a problematic dry clutch transmission which was the subject of several successful lawsuits in America. This clutch was later replaced by a torque converter but...
I have a Mitsubishi L200. There is no 'hill descent' facility on this vehicle. To avoid excessive brake wear, would you suggest I select 'Sport Mode' and hold it in a low gear (if that is possible) or...
Do I have to inform my insurer if I have a tow bar fitted? It will be only for a small two-wheeled trailer.
Last year I lost a hubcap on my car on the motorway and caused damage to the car behind me where we exchanged details. I informed my insurance company and now at renewal, I find my insurance class has...
I park outside our house, which has no driveway - just a long strip of pavement out front. The house next door has a driveway and the owner does not want me to park where I park. Am I allowed to park there?
I have received a ticket for obstructing a dropped kerb. There were no markings on the road indicating the kerb was in use and should not be obstructed. Is the council right to issue a ticket and deny...
I spilt a bottle of petrol in the boot of my car three weeks ago. Despite cleaning with shampoo, I still cannot get rid of the smell. Can you advise of any product I could use?
Do you know what T-Roc stands for because my dealership doesn't?
I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and need a machine to aid breathing at night. The sleep nurse said I'd need to inform the DVLA within three months. Do I need to inform my insurer? Is there anything...
There are laybys outside the houses on the street where I live. My neighbour has a small lorry (crew cab flat back type) and he has to bump it up onto the path at the back of the layby so it doesn't stick...
Which is the best home charging point one to install - Pod-Point or Chargemaster? Pod point says 3.6 kw compatible with a MINI Countryman PHEV 2020 but should I get a 7kw charge point?
I need to acquire a van but this seems a bad time to invest in diesel vehicles. Am I better buying an older, cheaper (more polluting) medium sized van or a newer cleaner (and nicer) one ? Are both going...
I had a Focus and am now seeking a used petrol vehicle, preferably £8k to £12k but could go more if need be. I do 8000 miles a year that includes the daily city commute and monthly 200 mile motorway trips....
Which is the best value electric car?
I'm looking at replacing my wife's Fiesta as we are expecting a second child. We only rear face our five year old in an extending rear facing seat and this pushes the front passenger seat uncomfortably...
We are looking to buy a new/nearly new car and have tested a Peugeot 5008 over the weekend. The dealer mentioned something about people buying cars now because from April the road tax will change due to...
How can I access an MoT certificate?
I currently have a private car for sale which is attracting some attention from motor traders. If they insisted on a test drive, would they be insured fully comp?
My wife had a non-fault personal injury accident some time back and obviously contacted her insurance company. Her insurance company in turn put her in touch with a Claims Management Company who (from...
What would be the ballpark figure of running a Bentley that has full service history, low mileage and is 15 years old? Considering it would be weekend use only and lived in a heated workshop I am just...
What engine oil should I use in my 2012 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI?
How much should I pay for a 2008 Kia Picanto automatic with 17,000 miles? I am being told that these are like gold dust and I fear people are willing to pay over the odds. One has just been sold by a garage...
 

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