Questions from February 2021
I'm a retired man looking for a reliable, automatic car under £10,000. I need something with soft suspension as I have a very bad back and vibration makes it worse. I would also like to be able to see...
Can the Toyota Proace diesel van be used for short journeys? I believe it has a DPF.
I'm looking to buy a 1960 Morris Minor. I live in Central London. I understand that cars over 40 years old are exempt from the ULEZ, however, I can't find any information on whether or not I'd have to...
I've got up to £25k to spend. I'm looking at the Volkswagen Golf Mk8 (either the Style or the R). It's a Golf-size car I want, with a diesel engine and automatic gearbox. Is the Golf a better option than...
Someone in my family is keen to buy a Land Rover Discovery Mk1 (2.5-litre diesel), which has been converted into a one-person camper van. It's a 1997 reg and the asking price is £3995. This seems to be...
Which car makes currently offer free home wall chargers and/or free installation?
I'm looking to replace my current car and am wondering if there's an easy way to determine if a car's engine has a cam belt or chain. Typically this isn't listed in the specs on manufacturer websites/brochures....
I'm planning to use our 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman for a deposit on an electric 4x4, some kind of lease deal. The question is, what 4x4 do we need? We share our time between London and rural Suffolk, and...
We received a letter from the police today stating that our car was spotted in Wales this week and isn't insured. The number plates supplied were our old number plates, which were removed from our car...
My daughter, who's 23, is thinking of buying a car and she would really like a convertible. She has a Fiat 500 cabriolet and finds it underpowered, though she might find the same of any car she can afford...
We need a car to fit three child car seats and a boot to take all the family clobber. We want a petrol and have less than £10,000 to spend.
Which electric car would advise to replace our Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 petrol? We do lots of short journeys and cover 5000 miles a year.
I need a larger car. I have two young children and will soon have newborn twins. Please can you recommend a suitable seven-seater? I would prefer an SUV, I currently have a 2015 Honda CR-V and love it....
I have a Hyundai i10 and am having a problem with constantly sticking rear brakes, to the extent that once I was not able to get the car to move. I experience the 'crack' mentioned by another owner every...
I have £30,000 cash to spend on a two-seater sports car. Now, hopefully, with better weather and improved prospects on the horizon, what would you advise to buy? The looks and street cred are important,...
Our Volkswagen Golf is coming to the end of its life so we want to buy an electric car. Would it be best to order one now or wait a while? Do you think the Government will give more generous grants to...
I'm seeing ex-rental vehicles at considerably cheaper prices than those previously privately-owned - with similar specs. Should I be fearful of ex-rental vehicles - or am I worrying unnecessarily? Thanks.
Which vans contain the largest UK content in terms of manufactured components and labour? Currently, I'm looking to purchase and hopefully offer some support to UK manufacturing. Are Vauxhall’s just a...
The police have written to me regarding a parking issue where it was deemed that I touched another car when reversing from my parking space. I checked both cars and found no damage. I therefore took no...
Can I legally sell a car privately during lockdown if social distancing? Can I let the potential buyer test drive the car if I sit in the nearside back seat diagonally away from the driver and wear a mask?...
When do you expect the safety requirement that requires cars to steer themselves away from a hazard will be implemented?
My 2016 BMW 335D automatic has now covered 74,000 miles. Do you think its worth having the transmission fluid changed in its ZF 8-speed gearbox?
Bearing in mind Jaguar's recent announcements about stopping production of all internal combustion-engined cars by 2025, do you think the facelifted XF has a chance of becoming a future classic?
We need to replace our 10-year-old Vauxhall Corsa. It needs to be a 5-door hatchback with a bit of zip. We do mostly local driving. Can you suggest anything, please? Best wishes.
My brother bought a car brand new from Skoda, a Karoq. It is still under warranty and is coming up to 3 years old, and there has been a water leak through a rear seal in the boot in the car. The water...
We need a second car for local trips (the school run, popping to the shops etc - no long motorway journeys). I don't want to spend more than £2000 and I've narrowed it down to three (I think), all with...
I'm considering purchasing a self-charging hybrid car but I'm not keen on the thought of having to install an outside electric charging point at my house. Do you deem it a necessary requirement (to install...
How far can you drive for an MOT during the lockdown?
I'm taking delivery of a rather expensive motorhome and am persuaded that a tracking device might be a good idea. What are your thoughts on a provider?
I live inside the ULEZ zone with an old diesel car and I need to know if I will need to pay the ULEZ zone charge on 1 October 2021. My neighbour said I will have two years to change my car to petrol from...
We are now on our sixth Volkswagen Golf. My wife is now struggling at times to get out of the passenger front seat. What car or SUV of a similar size to our Golf, and perhaps a little higher up, would...
Is now the time to buy a new car on PCP or should I buy secondhand? I currently drive a Range Rover Evoque, which is on a PCP ending in July. The car has only done 10,000 miles in total. The agreement...
My partner is looking for a 4-wheel-drive car, however, it needs to be a small car - something like the Suzuki Swift for size. Can you please advise?
My wife’s 9-year-old Nissan Micra will only have done about 1200 miles since it’s last service and MOT as she has worked from home and the car has mainly sat in the garage. We have used it for a weekly...
The battery in my BMW has failed after 24,000 miles and the car is still in warranty. As an experienced driver, I've made sure the car has had regular runs of 20 minutes or more. BMW says there is no warranty...
I'm looking to replace my Mistubishi Outlander PHEV. I need an estate car with hybrid/plug-in, large boot (I've got dogs) and, ideally, occasional 4WD. I do sometimes use the car to pull a caravan, and...
My son's car recently failed an MOT because the engine coolant was low and engine oil was low. I know this is part of good car checks, but since when has this been part of an MOT test? It may be part of...
Which SUV manufactures in the UK provide a remotely started engine?
In a few weeks time, I shall be trading in my 11-year old Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI for a new Octavia iV PHEV. My local independent garage tells me that they can service the new car and the manufacturer’s...
I find it difficult to understand why so many car manufacturers only offer black/dark grey interiors, increasingly with black headlining. I think these are dreary and depressing when compared with models...
Yesterday our Toyota C-HR would not start because the auxiliary battery was completely discharged. The breakdown service started the car and I took it on a 30-minute journey to recharge the aux battery....
I'm interested in buying or leasing a new electric car. Please advise on models that are currently or imminently available that have a good range (real-world 180 miles plus) and are capable of comfortable...
Is it possible to jump-start a car from an electric vehicle?
I have a 2001 petrol Volkswagen Polo 1.4. Will it comply with the extended ULEZ?
I purchased some window seals for my historic Mercedes recently. I was shocked to receive a customs import and VAT bill before delivery could be made. It's roughly 30% of the value of the window seals...
I'm looking for a new premium hatchback that I can keep for a few years and do a mixture of short journeys and long motorway trips - about 15,000-18,000 miles per year. I also want a fairly decent performance....
With a view to purchasing, I'm comparing the Skoda Kamiq, Suzuki Vitara, Vauxhall Crossland and Volkswagen T-Cross. It's important to me to know on which cars the rear seats fold completely flat for a...
Is a Renault Twingo good for a first car?
I don’t do many long journeys and I'm in late 70’s - which would be most suitable for me, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid?
I'm about to buy a high mileage but very well maintained 2008 BMW 520d. It looks really nice and clean. The car is in pristine condition but there is no way to get into the engine and understand what is...
 

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