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We live in rural Cornwall and go camping a fair bit. We're after a secondhand (less than £5000 to spend) car with a large boot and decent ground clearance as we frequently go down unmade/lumpy tracks....
I'm very nervous about buying a car as I've been stung a few times. I have moved to a rural area with lots of narrow lanes and deep gullies at the sides. I want to trade in my 2010 Saab convertible (as...
I bought a 2010 Honda CR-V last year. This was my first purchase after many years of loaning a car. However, I’m a single mum and only do short school runs and a 20 minute country lane drives to work....
I'm selling my 2009 Land Rover Defender 90. I want more comfort and rear seats. It'll mainly be used on rural roads and mild, non-damaging offroading - as well as for my property business. I like the idea...
I need a six-seater, economical van for my cleaning business. It also needs to be able to manoeuvre narrow Cornish lanes. What would you suggest?
I have a 2016 Toyota Auris Hybrid and the electric engine appears to have a very short range. On the indicator of battery power you can never get it fully charged, there are two empty bars at the top end...
My wife favours a used Skoda Yeti petrol auto for local, rural journeys and the occasional long trip. I hear that the Yeti automatic gearbox can be iffy. Any recommendations?
I have a 2015 Ford Fiesta on 17-inch rims, ride is great on motorways but harsh on poor roads. I could switch to 16-inch rims, but do you think will I notice the difference? Are there suspension settings...
I currently drive a 2011 Fiat Bravo Multijet diesel - I bought it for the MPG and it hasn't disappointed in that regard, although it's irritatingly unreliable and handling isn't great. Despite living in...
My wife and I (76 years and 78 years old respectively) have bought new or nearly new demonstrators for the past 20 years, selling them when they reach 8 - 10 years old. As we live in a rather remote area,...
 

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