Questions from May 2020
I'm after a used, premium SUV. It needs to be automatic, of decent spec and petrol. I have £20,000 - £25,000 to spend and am looking at the Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. I'd...
I'm looking at buying a stop gap car for under £1500 for my commute to work - which is a 30-mile round trip with the occasional 100 mile journey. It has to be capable of carrying two large mountain bikes...
I'm considering getting a secondhand BMW 3 or 5 Series but the vast majority of my driving is in the city and I rarely do over 20 miles per day. There are some great deals on diesel cars but should I avoid...
We are looking to purchase a 2016 Jaguar XE with only 10,500 miles on the clock. The main dealer has informed us that it has not been on the road but has been used for testing on a Rolling Road. Could...
We ordered a Jaguar XE, just before lockdown, for delivery in 13 weeks. The production of it was never started and we are worried about whether our car will be made. We paid a deposit and would still like...
I have read that buying premium diesel will help prevent the DPF from blocking up as it has additives in it. Is this true or am I wasting my money?
My wife made a postal application to renew her driving licence (she is over 70) in March. She has heard nothing from DVLA and all attempts through website, email and phone to pursue the non-appearance...
I have a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle diesel. It went in for the emissions update but 12 months later, the DPF light came on. The car does very few miles per year. I took it to a local garage who told me this...
I have a small budget of about £3000 and I see I can afford old Chrslyer 300C, old Audi A8 or A6, old BMW 7 Series and a big Lexus. I like big engined cars, so which do you think ages better and will possibly...
Is now a good time to buy a new car or should I wait?
I'm looking to sell on my current car soon and that leaves me in a strange situation. I want a practical, comfortable and interesting car, but I'm also not wanting to destroy the planet and want cheaper...
I have a max of £11,000 to spend on a buying a family car. I currently have a Vauxhall Zafira but want to trade up to something newer and nicer. I like the look of the small SUVs like Kia Sportage or Hyundai...
I purchased a car, without seeing it, over the telephone. The garage selling the vehicle said that they do not practice 'distance selling' but agreed to send me a video, after which I accepted the car...
I'm looking for a reliable 4x4 that has lots of storage. I mainly do quite low mileage so a DPF is a concern unless you can advise how I may manage this. I would be open to either and SUV or pickup but...
I'm after a small, used SUV with an auto gearbox. I have a budget of £11,000 - £12,000. I'm doing 7000-8000 miles of mixed driving per year. So far I've narrowed it down to Suzuki Vitara, Skoda Yeti and...
When showrooms reopen on 1 June, I will collect my new car - which I was due to collect on the day of lockdown. Presumably, it has been sitting somewhere for 11 weeks. What should I ask of the garage?
I usually drive a lot, including on icy country roads in winter so I had both summer and winter tyres. They're usually swapped in April and November. With lockdown, this hasn't happened and my mileage...
I’ve just bought an ex-demo Ford Puma and there’s no service book. The dealer says it’s all on the Ford database and they don’t come with them anymore. Is this correct?
I'm a sheep shearer and I'm struggling to identify the right vehicle that meets my needs: • Room for all my shearing equipment (stand, toolboxes, motor, 5ft sq. wooden board...) • I do quite a few miles...
I want to buy a 2011 Toyota Hilux. Is there anything that I should know (like something that I should check that usually breaks down)?
I've covered 24,000 miles on Continental tyres. I'm disappointed with the wear given that I drive on a mix of roads, country, town and motorway. Which tyres would you recommend to give good grip in wet,...
My son (19) is keen on a 39,000 mileage, one owner 2014 SEAT Ibiza 1.2 but we've read some reports of engine failure on these 1.2 TSIs. Plus, it only has two SEAT 'long life' services (2015 and 2018) -...
What is the best way to remove bird poop from a car? Are there any products that are best?
I've just put petrol into my diesel car. I didn't realise and drove it for about three mins. I only realised when it started stuttering. The car would have had about 15 miles of diesel left in the tank...
I currently have a 2017 Kia Sportage. I'm now looking to change and I'm considering PCP. My worry is that - like a hire car - when you give it back after the contract period they go over it with a fine-tooth...
I collected my used car on the day of lockdown and the garage offered a three-month warranty. With one month left of said warranty, I contacted them because there's a noise around the rear wheel. They've...
Please can you suggest a reliable, medium or large estate, preferably automatic. I don't mind if it has a bit of luxury.
The ABS warning light is on in my 2006 Peugeot 406. Will it fail the MoT?
I bought a used car from a dealer one week ago and it's come to light that the vehicle has been in a crash and repaired poorly. The rear nearside door and rear quarter panel, plus the bonnet, has been...
I bought a 2019 ex-demo Nissan Qashqai with 250 miles on it last October. It now has 1622 miles on the clock. The dealership called saying I need to have it serviced as it is now one year since it was...
What do the WLTP phases mean in real terms? Is the extra high phase just motorway driving? Basically, I bought a new Hyundai Kona 1.6 hybrid as I wanted an economical car. I was told I'd get over 50mpg...
I'm selling my car to a relative but I have lost the log book. How can I order a new one in the current crisis?
My 2018 Audi SQ7 is now on 28,000 miles. It has no air conditioning. When I start it, the light on the A/C button is initially on but goes out a few seconds later. After much chagrin in trying to get Audi...
I'm starting to get bored of all the fantastically reliable Japanese/Koreans cars which have shuffled me from A-B for decades. I'm finally willing to let the standards slip a little but so many cars seem...
My wife has to choose a company car - a Mercedes-Benz A-Class 180d Sport or a Kia E-Niro. Interior and luggage space is not a consideration. She has not driven either and claims not to care much about...
I posted the renewal of my over-70 driving license on 23 March 2020 and still not received it back on 20 May 2020.
I had an accident last year, which wasn't my fault. As I don't have legal cover, I used a claim management company, who arranged a hire car. The claim has been paid out but the third party's insurer is...
I'm thinking of buying a high mileage Volvo XC90. Any tips of what to look out for?
I just bought a car without a V5C (it's in the post to former owner). Is there any way I can tax it? I do have the old V11 with various codes on it.
I have a 14-plate Hyundai i20 and would like to know if I can install electric mirrors instead of the manual ones. There is a space on the door for the wires.
I'm currently running a Mazda CX-5, which is coming to the end of its PCP schedule. I love the car's handling, though not too keen on the low end power of the petrol engine. I'm thinking of an Audi Q3...
My wife, who is aged 73, needs to change her aged Peugeot 207 CC and has seen a 2016 Citroen C1 at a local dealership - priced at £6690. The car appears well looked after and has covered 16,700 miles....
My 2005 Audi A4 automatic delays and lately slips. Any idea what the problem is and how to fix it? It's very difficult to accelerate, but after that it runs well.
My local garage snapped my crank bolt today whilst attempting to replace the cambelt and waterpump. They said it was fitted too tightly, probably from day of assembly. To fix things they have quoted around...
I sent the V5 slip to the DVLA as soon as I won my car at a local auction, but it has now been over six weeks and nothing has arrived. I have tried ringing and emailing repeatedly to no avail. I appreciate...
We run a petrol Audi A1 and now need a comparable small car - which my wife can use. She has severe hip arthritis. What would you recommend we consider?
I'm selling a vehicle privately and have an interested buyer who is asking for the chassis number in order to complete some checks before purchase. Is it safe to share this number? No money has exchanged...
Should I get a petrol or diesel Porsche Cayenne? Will a diesel be hit with bigger taxes from the Government? I do 15,000 miles a year.
My stop-start engine stopped, as per normal, at a set of traffic lights - but then wouldn't automatically start again. Why's that?
Kia appear to have dropped your recommended Picanto automatic from their range. Hyundai's i10 has joined the dark side with a horrible automated manual. Is there a small car available now with a decent...
 

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