Questions from January 2021
I bought a 2015 Volkswagen Passat with 55k miles in November 2020 from a main dealer (Ford). As the car was just 5 years old at the time and the timing belt had not been changed (VW recommend 5 years or...
There is a fault with my tyre pressure sensor. The tyre pressures are correct but the warning light keeps coming on. Would this fault invalidate the MOT?
I bought a 2016 DS3 a year ago with only 12,000 miles on the clock. As a fella who has been around cars all his life, a couple of things about the mileage bothered me, but my wife had fallen in love with...
Why do we have indicators on cars when they don't hold anything legally? Basically, the other day a biker heading the opposite way to me indicated to turn left and slowed down to pull in, so at this point,...
I live in rural Wales and need a small-medium car or SUV with decent ground clearance, which can handle potholes, floods and snow. Service and running costs are also a consideration. It'll be my wife's...
We have the opportunity to buy Vauxhall Insignia with a diesel engine. It has 41,000 miles and it's selling for £4150, but we're worried about the DPF. Your opinion would be appreciated. Many thanks.
Is there any professional windscreen cleaner which will shift the grime on the windscreen and not leave smears (which domestic cleaners seem to do)? Thanks.
I drive a Volvo C30 and plan to put on two winter tyres. Should they go on the front or rear? Thanks for your advice.
As a motorbike owner and enthusiast, I'm keen to know what the future holds for these petrol vehicles and whether they are likely to be subject to higher road tax, vehicle emission controls or taxation....
I own a 2015 Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech. I've taken it to a garage because of light misfire under load. The dealer is not clear on technical issues but says fault codes and low compression means a new engine....
My service is due this week and because of the pandemic, I won’t be taking it in. Will delaying the service affect my warranty?
I'm looking to source an ex-police dog van that has air-con and fans for the dogs. Something like a Mitsubishi Outlander or Skoda Scout. I'm based in Ireland and will be importing from the UK.
My daughters Vauxhall Meriva is coming to the end of its life and, as she's a single parent with two teenagers, I'm thinking about a replacement for her. I would be grateful for your advice and would like...
I've just purchased a 2017 Audi A4 Allroad lease car and was surprised that the car tax was £475. All the online checks I had made indicated that it was £150. When I leased the car, I'm sure the on the...
I purchased a Peugeot e-208 a few months ago. I have never been very impressed with its range so decided to drive it from fully charged until the battery warning light illuminated. Over a few days of mixed...
Do you have to pay in full for a car before you can do click and collect?
What do you consider to be the most reliable and economic automatic family car?
I wish to replace my wife's car with a small 4x4. Given the terrain where we live, it needs to be as narrow as possible and competent as a 4x4. What can you recommend?
I've got a Freelander 2 with the airbag light permanently on. Will it be an MOT failure? Also, will it fail if it doesn't light up at all? Thanks.
What are your views on using online retailers? They seem particularly attractive during this lockdown period?
What would say is the best, used car for £12,000? It needs to carry two sets of golf clubs and trolleys.
I took my Mercedes E-Class for its MOT at my local Mercedes dealer. I received a strange phone call from the tyre department advising me that my rear two tyres need replacement because of age rather than...
I live in France but, in normal times, return to the UK 4-5 times a year. I have been thinking of buying a Citroen C5 Aircross but I'm unsure whether to buy a petrol, diesel or hybrid car. Are there any...
I bought a 2010 Ford C-MAX on 1 September 2020. It has a faulty heater matrix and a warranty, so the car has been at the dealer since 22 December. Apparently, they're waiting for a special tool. Can you...
The lease on my daughter’s Peugeot Partner van ends in two months time. She is thinking of changing to a pick-up, probably with 4-wheel-drive and able to seat 3-4 adults. Mileage is 20k a year, no towing...
My daughter is selling her 2008 Ford Fiesta. She has £6000 to spend on a used vehicle of Fiesta-size. Suggestions, please?
I currently do 60 miles a day to work and back, mainly dual carriageway and B roads. I was looking at buying a used Skoda Octavia Estate with the automatic gearbox. Would petrol or diesel be best?
My 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be 3 years old in July, with about 20k miles on the clock. I usually change my car every 3 years when they go out of warranty. Generally, I've been happy with it...
I bought a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan two years ago. We have had snow today so it's the first bad road conditions since I bought the vehicle. The four-wheel-drive system doesn't work though! Upon checking...
I'm looking to get an aftermarket tow bar on my car. One of the companies is offering 'standard wiring' or 'vehicle specific' for £150 extra. Is it necessary? I emailed my car's manufacturer and they told...
I have an Audi TTS convertible that I struggle to keep clean of green algae. I use Renovo Soft Top Cleaner but within a month the algae starts returning. I have had several soft tops over the years but...
I bought a vehicle two weeks ago. I did the full Hpi check and sent the logbook off to put it in my name as I’m the new owner of the vehicle. I received a letter from DVLA saying it's not going to issue...
Does fast charging reduce the life of a rechargeable battery by reducing the number of charging cycles it can go through?
I'm looking to buy a new Volvo XC40 hybrid and there's one advertised with only 11 miles only, registered in 2020. Should I worry about it standing around for many months? Do I need to ask the garage to...
I'm the administrator of a resident's association, the sole purpose of which is to maintain a Restricted Byway access road. It has speed bumps, which some drivers hate. Are there alternatives for slowing...
I’m looking for a used car with low mileage for my son’s partner. It needs to be reliable, reasonably stylish and preferably one owner. Any thoughts? Thank you.
Buying a car directly from a Japanese auction seems cheaper. What are the snags for a private buyer, i.e. import duty, Japanese specs, dash language, Covid-19 dock delays etc?
We have a Hyundai Kona, which is shortly coming to the end of a three-year lease. It was brand new and top of the range when we got it and it's done less than 15,000 miles. We like the car, although at...
I have a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. I have been happy with it, with the exception of the battery mileage - which dropped from 30 to 24miles within 2 years. I would like another hybrid. What would...
My new BMW has been attacked by mice. The electric cables and insulation have been chewed and the repair bill is likely to be substantial. Are there any effective ways to protect the car from reoccurrence?...
We are going to buy a new car in March. Has car road tax gone up now?
I very recently purchased a 1-year-old BMW M135I from a BMW main dealer. Although I really like the car, I find the driving seat very hard which results in backache that I will find hard to live with over...
I have a 2016 MINI Countryman. The boot won’t shut properly no matter what I do.
I need a 4x4 to tow 3.5 tonnes. I'm looking to buy a new Land Rover Defender 90, which is diesel. With current emission targets, would it be a really bad idea to buy a pure diesel now if they are going...
I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some...
I bought a motorhome and it's being delivered. Do I need to tax it if I don't intend to drive it for 3-4 months?
We are in the market for a new company van and have the option of a 2014 Volkswagen Transporter or a 2015 Ford Transit Custom. Which van has better build and reliability as a used van? I've heard complaints...
I have a Toyota Prius, which is approaching 3 years old and 53,000 miles. In normal circumstances, which I hope we can return to soon, I drive approximately 21,000 miles per annum, including a daily commute...
How reliable would a 2014 Land Rover Defender 110 automatic conversion be? It's only done 36,000 miles. Do you think they might increase in value over time as they are no longer being made?
The lease on my Volvo V40 petrol auto is due to end in 6 months time so I need to start thinking about what to replace it with. In the main, I have been impressed with the Volvo except for the fuel economy....
 

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