Questions from June 2020
I’ve tried to renew my licence (over 70) online but DVLA can’t match my details to anyone on their database. I have an original paper licence and we have lived at our current address for 29 years. However,...
Which small van is the quietest on a motorway? Ideally something I can get secondhand for less than £4000. Thanks.
A friend is setting up a small business: gardening, handyman and decorating. He has about £1500 to buy a small van and will appreciate your advice on the best options taking into account road tax and insurance...
Can you drive a SORN vehicle on the road to an MoT test appointment?
A new Volkswagen campervan has broken down whilst being driven to me on trade plates. It is being registered to me from 1 July 2020 and all monies have been paid. I have yet to actually take delivery and...
My Fiat 500's steering suddenly feels heavy when going in a straight line but feels normal when I turn the wheel. What's the issue?
I own a 2019 Suzuki Baleno. If the car has been sitting for a couple of days, the air con makes a grinding sound when it's first turned on. From then on, the air con just makes the usual click sound on...
If I buy a used car from a smoker, how do I get rid of the smell?
I have sent my driving licence renewal form to the DVLA. It expires in August. I'm 73 and have glaucoma. My eye problem means I have to have a field test by opticians but they are not doing this at moment....
I’m looking for a new car as my last one was written off in an accident that wasn’t my fault. I have a fairly low budget of £4000. My friend has offered to sell me her 2013 Fiat 500 with around 60,000...
I've seen a motorhome that has sustained flood damage but has been put down as a Cat B write off. There is no structural damage whatsoever. Can I get this overturned?
My Toyota Landcruiser has keyless entry. You recently recommended Faraday bags to keep the fobs in to protect it from keyless theft. My keys won’t fit in mine, so I keep the keys in a tin at night. Will...
Last year I had my Ford Fiesta stolen. I also own a BMW 5 Series. Will the claim for my Fiesta affect the no claims bonus for my BMW when it needs renewing?
When should you change a cam belt and water pump?
I bought a new facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLC 300d in August 2019. It feels like the wheels are skipping, which the Mercedes dealer recognised in March 2020. Due to Covid-19, the dealer wanted to revisit...
I have a 2015 Peugot 2008 HDI that requires Adblue. It has only done 22,000 miles but it is showing two fault codes relating to the Adblue system which, from what I've seen online, is a common problem...
My son recently bought a 2012 Audi A3 from a dealer. He paid £7000 for it. When we got it home, we noticed the camber was way out on the front wheels, you could see the difference visually. We had it checked...
I sent my passport to DVLA but I need it for a holiday in August and haven't had it returned. I don't know what I can do.
I'm looking for an SUV that's easy to get into, comfortable to drive for hours at a time and has good fuel economy. Long journeys would be on motorways/dual carriageways. I'm looking at Nissan Qashqai...
I have a 2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman and I'm thinking of changing it. Any suggestions? I don’t want to end up regretting changing. I'm thinking of a Volkswagen Polo or Golf as they have good visibility...
What 4 seat, hard-top convertible should I buy?
If I buy a used car from a main dealer, can I still have their optional extras fitted at a later date by them, or would I have to have them fitted when first buying before picking the car up? Thanks.
Could you please recommend a small car that is both automatic and all wheel drive, with a high seat and driving assistance systems? It would be for use in a mountainous area with occasional snow on the...
Which of these two cars you think would be best for me: Volkswagen Polo or Toyota Yaris. I'm a 70 year old who needs a car that is safe, reliable and comfortable. My late husband always bought our cars...
How would I know how many miles I can drive when the fuel light is on before I actually run out of petrol?
Does my air con unit need gas and, if so, where does it go? It doesn't seem to be very good at the moment.
Which is the best car tracking device to fit?
I have a 2014 Vauxhall Vivaro van and would like to know if I can upgrade the infotainment/radio to incorporate a hands free Bluetooth system.
Recently, my daughter couldn't get into her car with the key fob a number of times. She had the car checked by a garage and no problem existed at the time, no battery was changed but the problem went away....
Which is better for towing, a Land Rover Discovery Sport or Kia Sorento?
I'm buying a new car. The dealer has added paint protection at a large cost. I consider it a cheeky upsell. I don't wash or wax the car as regularly as I should. Are these products worth buying? Would...
Why is there water under the rear seat of my Peugeot 206?
Which EVs have a high driving position?
How do you think motorway services will cope when, let's say, 50 per cent of cars on the road are electric? Will they ever have enough charge points for everyone?
I damaged two of my 2015 Fiat 500 alloy wheels on a kerb and each has a small chip on the rim. Refurbishing two wheels costs £160 - £220 and I will not be sure that they are safe. Fiat wheels are £700...
Will a 2017 Kia Niro petrol hybrid have the new green number plate?
I've been considering a used EV as a second car for some time and always thought that would be a BMW i3 as I love the design. I'm now in the process of searching for a range-extender version - around 2017/18...
What’s the most economical diesel, estate?
I don't want and don't want to pay for all the tech in a car. I'm fine with no radio, no electric windows, no air con etc. I know that there are other folk like me, so what cars are there that do not have...
I'm looking to purchase a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with 120,000 mileage to use as an Uber vehicle. Please advise if it's a good option. It's that or a Nissan X-Trail diesel. Thanks.
My son bought a BMW 1 Series this week from a private seller for £2500. He has had it five days and only driven it 25 miles. Yesterday, it failed to start. It would turn over but not fire up. When we got...
I've a 2004 Suzuki Alto and the insurance quotes are insane. Seven times what I paid for the car. I've been driving 11 years with no claims or convictions, although I haven't got any No Claims Bonus because,...
I have had a succession of very nice estate cars over the years, but I have been persuaded by my wife that I should now be looking at an SUV. I accept that in my mid 60s, the extra height would make life...
I’m thinking of buying a 2005 Porsche Cayenne with 90,000 miles on the clock. I’ll do barely 1500 miles per year in it. How mechanically reliable is it likely to be?
Will a remap affect the warranty on my BMW X1?
I want to order a new Skoda Kodiaq. You'd think that Skoda dealers would be biting my hand off post-lockdown, but no. They don't know what models they can order and they don't know what delivery date they...
Why are car manufacturers making estates that slope down at the rear? Surely they must understand that anyone needing an estate is less interested in something which looks a bit 'sporty' and needs a practical...
I can't afford a new electric vehicle, but would like to buy used. What should I look for that is different to buying a traditional combustion engine vehicle, please? Secondly, with reduced maintenance...
I need to buy, rent or lease my first panel van. I'm 6'4" tall and nearly as wide. Which medium-sized, tall roof vans have the most cab space and driver legroom?
I need some legal advice. I bought a 2018 BMW M140i in February from a used car garage (not BMW). Car was sold as having BMW warranty until 2021 and no mentions of any accidents. After I bought the car...
 

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