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Will bodywork shops remain open under Tier 5 rules? My car is due to go for repair but I don't want it to be taken away just to sit in a yard for weeks untouched.
I learned recently that driving licenses expiring this year have been extended by 11 months. Are the authorities and insurance companies aware of this? When I renew my car insurance in December for January...
I will be 70 on October 8th and will need to renew my licence. I have been told that the licence renewal time has been extended because of Covid (as was the case with MOTs ). Is this correct?
We're looking to change our car, and fancy either a Jaguar XF Sportbrake or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The experience with the Mercedes dealership has been poor, they don't seem interested in selling a car...
I bought a used car on 8 June. As required, the selling dealer sent off the old V5C to the DVLA (I've double-checked with him and he assures me this was done) and he gave me the new keeper slip. Two months...
My wife's lease car comes to an end next month. As a fan of MINI, having leased for the last decade or so, she would like to stick with the brand. I've seen 2012 diesel Countryman with 75,000 miles, one...
The DVLA has kept my biometric residence permit (BRP) with them since 25 May! I am an ER doctor and I need my BRP urgently for my Visa application or else I will lose my job! I have sent them repeated...
I put my car on a SORN because of the virus on 1 May and don't expect to take it off until 31 August. I had read that increasing the tyre pressures to 40psi would protect them against flat spotting. Is...
It's impossible to contact DVLA for advice. Please can you help? My mum died in May and, as her executor, I sent off (by post, as required by DVLA) the relevant part of the V5C, with a request to SORN...
I have been reading about the numerous complaints regarding DVLA not returning documents and think this is a disgrace and should be investigated somehow. I have no idea who the governing body is with issues...
 

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