Questions from April 2020
Are protective covers worth buying? I wonder if buying a cover to protect my car from bird lime and other contaminants is worth buying. Are they likely to damage the paint work through rubbing due to wind...
Which tyre inflator do you recommend? A recent puncture on my wife's car has highlighted the vulnerability of modern cars carrying no spare wheel.
I have a 2019 Skoda Karoq auto, which I am not using due to the current coronavirus lockdown. It seems I cannot park it without the handbrake turning itself on. I've checked the manual but there appears...
I have a Toyota Corolla and I'm trying to find out if it's possible to park up without the electronic handbrake engaging. With current lockdown in place, it's parked up in my garage for longer periods...
The DVLA call centre isn't open due to Covid 19. I posted my V5C application two weeks ago. The website now says no paper applications until further notice. Will my application be processed?
Should I inform my insurance company if I have had a sports air filter fitted to my car?
Can I drive without the wing mirror cover on my wing mirror?
I am looking to replace the worn tyres on my 2005 Toyota Yaris. There are currently Goodyear tyres fitted but I am unsure whether to have these fitted again or whether to pay extra for Michelin CrossClimate...
What is the correct type of battery charger to use for a Ford B-Max petrol engine with stop-start system?
I've previously had an insurance policy cancelled for missed payment and, as a result, I’m having difficulty finding a reasonable renewal quote. What would you suggest?
I have a new car stuck somewhere between the factory and the docks due to lockdown. If the lockdown continues until August, would my new car go into the next registration period from August 2020? At present,...
Is there any help presently for those struggling to pay for vehicles on PCH? Anything like a payment holiday. Thanks in advance.
What would be the downside of buying a six-month old car from a main dealer with only 100 miles on it? It would still be covered by the bulk of its warranty but just wondered if there would be potential...
My van runs well and is very economical, however, it takes a long time to warm up and never reaches the normal mark on the temperature gauge. Is this a common problem?
I plan to SORN my car for the month of May, at least. The MoT is due on 25 May, but presumably won't be done then. When I come to tax it again in June (probably), will the absence of a valid MoT be a problem?
My car is garaged in a carport next to the house. Last week, an engine warning light appeared. When the engine was started, it was was vibrating badly. The garage I use phoned to say that mice or rats...
After the lockdown is over, I am going to buy my final new car. I want a Ford Focus-sized hatchback, petrol, automatic with good reliability and a decent warranty. I know it's a crowded market, but do...
Why does my BMW 530d have different tyre sized on the front and rear axles?
Do you recommend dash cams? Does fitting one to a modern car interfere with sensors, like hazard warnings? Is there a model you particularly recommend?
I live within the ULEZ extension zone, which will come into effect from October 2021. My car is a 2012 BMW 320D, which is currently not exempt to use in ULEZ. Will I be liable to pay the charge for only...
Is it safe to leave my Honda HR-V (manual) in park on my sloping drive without applying the handbrake?
Is there a 4x4 pick-up where the rear window can open or be removed to allow access/comfort to a dog during travel?
My Suzuki Vitara's oil change light has come on but my dealer is shut due to the coronavirus lockdown. Where do I stand with my manufacturer’s warranty if I don't get it looked at?
Will my car fail the MoT if I do not have the brake fluid changed, which the garage is requesting?
There's a lovely big hand print left by a greasy palm on the wing of my wife's car. We think it was a sun lotion and it's properly baked on. I've tried a range of solvents to remove it, without success....
Is there a dash cam and sat nav combination available anywhere?
My numberplate has been cloned. I received a parking fine from alleging that my car was parked illegally in London on 18 March 2020. I live near Leicester and have not driven down to London since October...
My elderly mother passed away last week and had a Motability car, mainly driven by my dad as her carer. We expect that it will be taken away in the next few days. It’s the only car he has, so can you advise...
My father has recently returned to live in the UK after eight years living and driving in Spain. He will need a car for UK use when movement restrictions are eased and I am considering letting him have...
I have a brand new BMW X5. I got a big fright when, at around 60mph, on a dual carriageway the steering wheel was suddenly jerked out of my hands. It felt like the wheels were stuck in rail tracks and...
I ordered a new car before the Coronavirus lockdown. It was supposed to be delivered 31 March but due to the showroom closing, this this not happen. My order form states I can cancel and get my deposit...
My car has not been on the road for over five weeks now and not likely to be for some time. My insurance renewal is due on 12 May. Should I expect a better price than is currently quoted?
The MoT on my car is due on 12 February 2021. Will this qualify for a six-month extension under the Coronavirus regulations?
I took ownership of a MINI Clubman on a four-year PCH on 28 August 2017. I recently discovered the car was pre-registered on 30 March that year. The lease company did not inform me of this. This means...
How can I check if the almost-new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, which I bought for a previous car (Audi A6), will fit my BMW 520d? The tyre sizes are the same (245/45/18). Thanks for your help.
I recently purchased a 2018 Hyundai i10. I've given it a wash and wax, but I can now see a small paint imperfection - which I suspect was caused by the previous owner not having cleaned bird mess off the...
My Audi A3 is coming up to three years old. I'm being offered Audi's extended warranty for £446 for one year - which seems a bit steep. Any advice?
Some people tell me I can legally do 10 per cent plus 2mph over the speed limit. Is that true?
Looking at your review, I noticed a lot of engine problems listed under "What to watch out for" on the Land Rover Discovery 4. It's putting me off buying one with all the big issues listed. Is that me...
What happens to electric cars if they're not used for some time?
I'm thinking of buying the new Ford Kuga PHEV 2.5. The fuel consumption figures are 201mpg and CO2 of 26g Are they serious? I’ll never achieve that, will I? What am I likely to achieve on a long trip versus...
Two or three days before Covid-19 struck, I put a deposit on a three-year old Skoda Fabia Estate, which had been off the road since the end of January. I was due to pick up the car the same day as the...
My sister and brother-in-law, who are both in their eighties, are insistent on driving into the countryside on non-essential journeys. Would this nullify their car insurance if they had to claim?
I am in the 12-week isolation/vulnerable group. I only reinsured my car for 12 months yesterday so I called my insurance company and they are happy to cancel the policy and give me a pro rata refund (less...
Do car air-conditioning systems aid in spreading coronavirus?
My car tax is due on the 30 April and my MoT also expires on that date. Today I received a letter from the DVLA stating that to continue paying my tax monthly by Direct Debit I need a valid MoT certificate....
When are car showrooms in the UK going to be allowed to reopen?
My Honda Civic is due for its third annual service (fortunately, I have already had it MOT'd) but Honda are now closed until further notice. Will this affect the warranty?
If I purchase a car remotely and the seller pays to have it delivered, but I then reject the car within two weeks, who is responsible for the cost of returning it?
I want to buy a hybrid SUV and have whittled the choices down to a Honda CR-V hybrid or Toyota RAV4. Honda is new to hybrid technology while Toyota has been making hybrid vehicles since 1995, so it's more...
 

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