Questions from March 2020
We own a SEAT Arona FR auto and we need to self isolate as we are in a high risk group so won't be driving the car for the next 3 weeks. We wish to put the battery on trickle charge. We have a C-TEK charger...
You recommend trickle charging on a hybrid during self-isolation. We've got a Kia Niro, but I couldn't find visible battery terminals. Any idea where they are?
My son's 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco was recently serviced by our local autocentre, which lost the fully stamped service book. We are dealing with it through the head office. But we're wondering what difference...
Is it okay to deliver a customer's classic car, which they bought from me, during the coronavirus lockdown? I'm a trader and will deliver the car on trade plates. I need to drive 200 miles to do so. Although...
I drive a Nissan Micra and it's getting old (2006, 110,000 miles) so I'm looking at what to buy next. I would like something similar regarding economy of fuel and reliability; nothing has ever gone wrong...
What's the best small electric car for driving around town?
My MoT is due on 4 May and I understand I will get a 6 month extension. However, when I check the Gov website, the date hasn't been extended. If I don't get my car MOT'd by 4 May and the date hasn't been...
I have a Hyundai that was first registered on 29 March 2019 and was booked in for its first service on 2 April 2020. This service has understandably been cancelled and it might be weeks or even months...
My windscreen will need replacing as soon as this coronavirus crisis subsides and, looking at one of the major company's sites, it suggested having an ADAS calibration following replacement. Is this a...
How can I stop my new car tyres flat spotting during the Coronavirus lockdown?
We have four working dogs who need a good walk/run every day. We live on an estate and there is nowhere they can have a good run and exercise. Are we allowed to drive them out to the fields nearby to exercise...
If I use my car, which is insured for "Social Domestic & Pleasure" use, to deliver food parcels on a voluntary basis (no payment or expenses sought), is my insurance still valid?
My Renault Twingo is still under warranty and I had a serviced booked for mid May. The current situation with the pandemic means the garage remains closed and I can't get it serviced. Will this invalidate...
I’m 72 and have a 2013 Honda CR-V petrol automatic. I love the car, especially the fully adjustable driver’s seat as I have a bad back. However, I have to park on the road and I really need a smaller SUV...
I'm thinking of a Seat Arona FR Sport with the 1.5 litre engine to replace my Ford Focus. Would this be a good car for my mobility-limited mum whilst still being fun to drive for myself?
I have a PCP due to end at the beginning of June 2020. I wish to return the vehicle. However, is it worth trying to haggle to retain the vehicle at a lower price due to the current climate?
I'm considering buying a secondhand electric car but I go away for three months every winter. Will the battery go flat and cause irreparable damage if I leave it so long? I currently own a 2011 Mitsubishi...
What make of trickle charger would you recommend to keep a car's battery topped up during the current lockdown. I'd prefer a type which operates through the cigarette lighter socket.
My car has been SORN'd and off the road for the last three years or so. I now intend to put it back on the road but it has no tax. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, can I drive it?
During the Covid-19 crisis, my MINI will remain stationary in my drive. I do not have access to a power point to connect a trickle charger, so what steps can I take to ensure the battery does not go flat?
Looks like our Toyota Auris hybrid could be sitting on the drive for a few weeks now. Can I connect a normal trickle charger to the 12v battery? What about the hybrid battery? It is starting okay at the...
I have a classic car with an expired MoT. It was due in February so the six-month extension doesn’t apply. I had work and an MoT booked at a specialist garage for mid-April. This is some distance from...
I have heard that there will be an extension of 6 months for MOTs expiring from 30 March. My MOT expires on 30 March. Will that qualify for the extension or does it still need to be done before?
I have not long bought a brand new Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 manual. I find that when cold and pulling away in first gear, I get the kangarooing problem. I have informed my local Volkswagen dealer about the...
Car MoTs are suspended for six months. How do we tax the car without a current MoT? I cannot see it covered on the uk.gov website or find it online.
I currently have a 2-litre diesel Toyota Avensis Estate with 94,000 miles since new in 2010. It's very comfortable and has a big boot with seats that fold down for a golf trolley. I travel about 10,000...
My car is due its MoT before the end of March. I booked it into my local dealer for an annual service and its first MoT on 24 March. They contacted me before then to tell me that they were closing down...
My Skoda Karoq is due it's first year service in mid April. I had booked it in for a service on 30 March but, understandably, due to the Coronavirus, the garage is closed for services etc. If the service...
I have read your various articles on storing a car during self-isolation (12 weeks in the case of my wife and me), and I note your recommendation about connecting a trickle charger. Please could you expand...
My 2014 MINI Countryman has a fault. When on full lock, reversing or forward, the car judders. I have taken it to two local garages, and neither have any idea what the issue is. Can you please advise?
My Mum's 2017 Ford KA+ has started showing a message saying 'ABS malfunction. Contact Service'. She got an email from Ford saying they were shutting their doors except for key workers. She is over 70 so...
Some clarification is required on the MoT exceptions. Is it that only those that are suffering from the virus may take advantage of the MoT extension. I'm 78 with no adverse medical history, do I still...
I'm looking to buy a car. I've found one I like, but due to coronavirus, the garage has now raised the price of it by £1000. My mum has also found a car she likes at the same garage and they have raised...
Our new car will be parked on our drive during the next 12 weeks due to our self isolation. What should we do to keep it in good overall condition? Should we drive the car (without getting out, obviously)...
My mother bought a secondhand car from a dealer before the lockdown. The dealer was going to deliver the car to her, but now says he can't. We suggested he post the keys and we would collect, but he says...
My white car lives outside and over time has developed a green stain on the guttering at the top of the rear hatchback door. The hinges and rubber pipes mean I can't get to it to clean it off. Do you know...
A general word of advice on vehicles not being used during the current emergency wouldn't go amiss.
I am self isolating because I am a vulnerable person. My car is on an open drive and it will be idle for some time by the look of it. Any suggestions as to what I can do to keep it in good nick?
Have you heard if the automotive industry is going to offer any support for people with leased cars?
I am 78 years old and for the next 12 weeks will be in isolation. My car will be garaged and not driven in those weeks. Where do I stand with regards to my insurance and car tax if it is not being used?
Someone knocked my dog down with a car, which was going at least forty miles an hour, while she was on the beach. Can I legally seek reparations for vets bills?
My current motability vehicle is a Hyundai Tucsan. I need an SUV for easy entry and exit. I would like a really comfortable ride with a good mpg and quiet cabin. What vehicles would you recommend I look...
Cheeky question. Is it likely that those over 70, who've had to permanently park their cars for three months (or more) due to Coronavirus, will get a reduction on their car tax?
Should I take my car out for a run each week whilst I am not using it on a regular basis?
Will I be allowed to drive to the countryside alone, just for leisure, if I don't leave my car when there are other people about?
My cars MoT is due in April with the tax due 1 May. If the country is on lockdown, what will be the situation regarding tax, MoT and insurance?
I'm awaiting a call to go and collect a secondhand caravan from a dealer. I'll also take my current model in an agreed part exchange deal. If I go now, will I be contravening the latest lockdown restrictions...
I ordered a brand new Renault Captur on 10 February 2020. Deposit of £100 with a four year PCP. Expected delivery was mid March. The dealer will now probably close due to Covid-19. Salesman cannot give...
I am booked for an MoT on 31 March. Will I still be able to take my vehicle?
Have there been any rumours or suggestions that road tax will not be required now that travel is restricted to food shopping for the majority of us. The rest of the time, cars will sit idle.
 

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