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Are old Land Rover Defenders actually selling for the inflated prices I see advertised online? Several years ago we had a Fiat 500 we wanted to sell. Prices were high online and on dealers forecourts,...
I'm considering buying either a 2007 Jaguar XJ6 with 160,000 miles or a 1998 XJ8 with 98,000 miles whilst I'm in Switzerland for 2-3 years. I'll cover approx 150 miles per day so comfort and ride enjoyment...
My car was first registered on 8 Jan 1980. Heritage Certificate build date of 22/23 March 1979. DVLA says it's not exempt. Tax is due 1 April 2020. Is my car Tax Exempt or not?
I own a J Reg (1992) ex-MOD Defender 90; 69HP, naturally-aspirated diesel. I am concerned that I will be caught out by tax changes based on the CO2 it produces. I do few miles, mainly off road. Given...
I have an excellent conditioned Jaguar X-Type 2.5 with 58,000 miles on it. Is it worth keeping as a possible future classic?
I have a 2003 Mazda MX-5. The timing belt was changed in 2013 and the recommended change is every five years or every 50,000 miles. It has now done 94,000 miles. I could do with changing the car but worried...
I'm quite keen on purchasing an early BMW i8 now that values seem to have plummeted to affordable used levels. But with BMW discontinuing this car in April 2020, are used values likely to strengthen (or...
I have an issue with my 1992 Ford Sierra 1.8 diesel. It has an intermittent problem where it will occasionally not start. Any idea what the problem could be?
Can you tell me how many Mercedes-Benz SL600 R230 models are in the UK?
Having sold my two classic Triumphs, I'm at the age where I'm having difficulty in doing full maintenance jobs but still appreciate driving and owning a classic car as my hobby. Is there a car that I could...
 

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