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I have a 1998 Mercedes SLK with 97,000 miles. It's MOT'd until August but has a dodgy sunroof that we no longer need. Could you advise on how best to sell it? Should I get the roof fixed and tart up the...
I recently bought a car from my brother, which means I need to sell my current car. I was about to advertise it but have just had a recall notice in the post from BMW saying my car needs to come in for...
You recommend waiting until the lockdown is over before trying to sell a car privately. At what stage during the Government road map out of lockdown for England do you think private selling may become...
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?...
I'm in Manchester and there's a rare car in Kent that's available privately. I've spoken with owner extensively and we have agreed on a deal. But how do I get there and pay for the car? Under current lockdown...
I bought a classic 1990s car from a dealer for £1000 back in January. It was MOT'd in September this year and went straight through, but with an advisory for some minor rust underneath. I sold the car...
I want to get a good, used Mercedes-Benz B-Class diesel around 6-7 years old. On a test drive, everything was good. Only that the car's sat nav screen doesn't work and the seller didn't know about it....
An article in the newspaper says that drivers are unaware of insurance exclusions relating to driving a partner's car, a test drive or any situation when driving a car that isn't your own. If I went to...
I recently purchased a car privately, which the seller advertised as: “Fantastic low mileage car that's in a great condition” and goes on to say, “it would make an ideal first car or for somebody who makes...
I recently purchased a Volkswagen Polo via a private sale advertised online. It came with a Full Service History and 12 months MoT. I decided to buy the car on the agreement that the service history and...
 

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