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Questions from October 2020
What’s the best petrol or hybrid, midsize SUV with an automatic gearbox? I don’t need a huge family car but I do need plenty of space/seats that can fold flat/recline and easy access to the boot). Need...
I'm looking at a year old Skoda Superb Estate. I previously would have bought diesel but DPF issues make me nervous about that. I’d buy petrol but the fuel costs will be high so should I go for hybrid?...
With £20,000 to spend on a small SUV, would you recommend a nearly new 1.5 Skoda Karoq or a slightly higher mileage BMW X1?
Mercedes tells me I should not replace my factory fitted run-flat tyres with ordinary summer tyres because the cars suspension has been set up for run-flats. The run-flats are small profile, resulting...
Smart motorways are very ambiguous and I genuinely don't know what speed to drive. I drive regularly on the M3 and between junction 4a and 2 is 'smart'. Currently there are roadworks with 50mph speed limit...
I own a 2010 Renault Scenic 2.0-litre, which I bought in August 2013. As far as I know, it came with the original battery, and I've not replaced the battery since. I have had no trouble with it (apart...
I have a really difficult decision to make and I am struggling, so any help would be appreciated. I work as a private hire driver in London and currently try and avoid the congestion zone as much as possible....
What’s the best first car for a tall man? He’s 6'8" and needs a lot of legroom.
My wife is worried that a diesel car won’t be able to drive in central London in the near future. Is this the case?
When I bought a used car recently, I asked about the MOT and was told it was done on the 7 October. I then asked about advisories and was told it had none. The car is three years old with 9750 miles and...
My daughter has a MINI Paceman fitted with run-flat tyres. She would like to fit all-season tyres but can only find ‘H’ rated tyres in this size. Would these be suitable? I’m aware that some garages will...
My daughter has a 2018 Nissan Juke in very good condition, while my granddaughter has a 2017 MINI - also in very good condition. But she would like a bigger car as she has an 18-month-old baby. They think...
I have an almost 16-month-old Audi A3 Quattro and, like you, I believe in annual oil changes. But because of lockdown it's only done 8000 miles. It's not due for a service until it is two years old. The...
Can you recommend some all-season tyres for a Renault Captur?
I have a SEAT Ibiza 1.2. When does timing belt need changing? It was never changed before.
I live in an area of Wales where we can get quite a lot of snow and ice in the winter. I have previously had 4x4s and fitted winter tyres but now have a Kia e-Niro with its original spec Michelins. I'm...
I have a 2018 MINI Countryman auto. I've read that the gearbox allows for stopping at lights while still in Drive. But I've also read that it's best to slip into Neutral to save wear on the dual clutches....
What paperwork should I ask for from a garage if I'm buying a Cat S car? Must I have a structural report? The car my son is looking at is less than 3 years old, so no MOT required. The garage is saying...
I drive a Volvo XC40 and since owning it I've noticed occasional odd behaviour by nearby drivers. As an example, I can be driving at or around the speed limit and will observe a rapidly approaching vehicle,...
Can a trader sell a car with an MoT with advisories without telling the buyer?
I would like to purchase some run-flat all-season tyres in size 225/45 R18. Do they exist?
I bought a 2019 Nissan X-Trail in Feb 2020. The engine management light comes on at random. Two Nissan dealers did work on it but can't find the fault. I asked the selling garage for a full refund but...
I just bought a 3-year-old car from a main Toyota dealer. It was top money. The advert did not give any indication of the condition but you would expect a decent condition for a car with only 16,300 miles...
Now that Volvos are all-electric or hybrid, would you still recommend the XC60 or should I look for an alternative as I really want petrol? If so, what would you recommend?
I've bought a 2019 BMW 320d Touring with an auto transmission. This is now a 1-year-old car and it has covered 10,000 miles. When I bought it from the BMW dealer, I asked about getting an oil change carried...
Three weeks back, I purchased a 2003 Range Rover with a new MoT. Advisories were a slight leak on transfer box and mileage unreadable through failing pixels. The dealer 200 miles away refused to communicate...
I was hit by a Polish-registered HGV that pulled out from the inside lane of the M25 without indicating. I have dashcam footage of the approach up to the collision. My insurers tell me that I should have...
We're looking at a Smart ForTwo EQ for a 25-mile daily commute in London (given rumblings about the congestion charge zone being extended). We've been quoted what seems like a good price (£14,400) for...
Can I use a space saver tyre that was made before the year 2000? I have just purchased one from eBay that has a DOT code of H292. Research shows this is made before 2000 so with guidance that says tyres...
It seems that a used diesel BMW X3 is considerably cheaper than a comparablyy aged petrol version and that the bigger engines are only available as diesels. I'm looking to trade in my M140i I'm a bit puzzled...
Are van-based cars subject to van speed limits? Which are the van-based cars? Thanks.
What's the difference between a PCP and a PCH finance contract?
I do low mileage. Do I need a full service every year?
Whilst I'm about to tell my insurer of my recent speeding fine and three points, do I need to tell my wife's car insurer? I'm a named driver on her policy.
What would be the best small automatic car to buy for under £5000? Ideally, something which is good for the occasional trip outside the city.
I'm looking for a secondhand, small, reliable family car with a low insurance group. I don't know much about cars and would like advice. My budget is about £2000.
I want to buy a 2019 MINI Countryman All4 Exclusive with a Comfort pack. It has 5000 mileage. I've offered the MINI dealership £22,000. Is this a fair price? They won’t budge from £23,350!
I have a family of five and need space for the occasional DIY building projects. I have a Ford Fiesta and can't decide what to buy. SUV's are all the rage but are expensive and not always practical. MPV's...
What extra costs are there in buying and running a hybrid instead of a petrol SUV?
What's the best electric or hybrid car for a 150-mile daily run? The main purpose is to reduce the monthly cost on fuel and balance that with the price of the car (either new/nearly new). Thanks.
I own a Kia Ceed Sportswagon. My concern with this car is the rear legroom, due to the fact that my little one feet are now touching the back of the drivers seat, and not only is this uncomfortable but...
Just tried to buy a Peugeot e-2008 from my local dealer, it had done 250 miles and was their demonstrator. However, Peugeot has said they can’t sell me that particular car. There is a six to seven-month...
I thought I had found the answer to my search for a small used SUV by looking at Skoda Yeti, but the gear box is a DSG - which I believe is bad news. I have a 2008 Mazda 6 estate petrol auto and it would...
I have protected No Claims Bonus, but I also have a Voluntary Excess of £250 on my car insurance. I have had a slight accident causing some scratches to the bodywork of my car. What is the position if...
I'm buying a 2009 Fiat 500 with 68,000 miles. Although it has regular serving stamps, there is no evidence of the timing belt being replaced. What should I expect the trade dealer to offer to do about...
I have a black car and find that minor scratches, which used to be polished out (on oil-based paint) or T-cut could be used, no longer works. I am nervous about using T-cut and ordinary polish doesn't...
I own a 2014 Kia Sportage 1. Mileage is 48,000 and it's regularly serviced by Kia. Last year, six months after its service, the oil light showed on the display so I topped it up. I checked just before...
My wife's Ford KA will be MOT'd next month and we feel it will fail on the bodywork. It'll need welding to pass, based on previous experience - so if this happens, we would like to take the car home and...
If you buy a used car from a big dealer in the UK, can you trust that they have done the proper checks on the gearbox etc? And would it be worth getting the extended warranty, as I read online that it's...
I recently bought a brand new MINI Cooper. It doesn't have sat nav as standard so I bought the Mini Click and Drive base system from a company selling genuine Mini accessories. I also wanted to have a...
 

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