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I want a dual dash camera setup - will my insurer consider it a modification to my vehicle?
"I have a BMW X5 and am considering having dealer fitted front and rear cameras fitted. The rear-facing camera is fairly unobtrusive but the front one is pretty conspicuous. I have some concerns about this. Firstly, if fitted is this an alteration that must be notified to my insurer thus incurring a notification fee? The front camera is also pretty visible, is it likely to attract thieves wanting to steal it? "
We advise checking with your insurers and your warranty provider as some companies take different stances on whether dash cams are a modification to a vehicle - especially if they're hardwired. A dual dash camera setup is a great idea, unfortunately, dash cams can attract unwanted attention. It depends on a lot of factors though - i.e., where you live, whether you park on-street or on a driveway etc. Each of our cars at the HJ office has a dash cam fitted and none have ever been broken into, but that's just personal experience. You could opt for something small, like the Garmin Mini, but this isn't compatible with a dual dash cam setup. Or you could opt for a camera that has a quick detachment, i.e. the new Nextbase cameras are charged via the magnetic mount so the dash cam can be removed quickly and put in a glove box while the mount stays attached to the windshield. Then there's no fuss reattaching the mount or wires when you're back in the vehicle.
Garmin Mini review: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-garmin-mini/
Nextbase 422 (and rear cam) review: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-nextbase-422gw/
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Am I better buying an older premium car than a newer, cheaper car if I intend to keep it for a while?
"I'm looking to buy a large SUV that could fit me (6'4") in the driver's seat as well as behind the front seats. Due to this I've managed to narrow it down to only a few cars. I'm looking to keep this car for the next 10 years. Would a 2016 Hyundai Tuscon be a better purchase than a 2012 BMW X5, both are roughly the same price? Am I better buying the older premium car than the newer, cheaper car?"
Better buying the new Hyundai that comes with a five year warranty. A 2012 X5 could be very expensive in maintenance and repairs, the cost of which are in line with its original list price, not what you paid for it.
Are there any decent, petrol hybrid SUVs that can tow a caravan?
"I currently own a 2007 BMW X5 with 155,000 miles on the clock, which I'm looking to change. I used to do over 20,000 miles a year, but more recently this has dropped to about 10,000. I use it to tow a caravan to Italy every year, but on a daily basis it's used for relatively short journeys, with the occasional 200 mile round trip. I've been buying diesels for decades, however, with the current political thinking on diesels, I'm thinking of buying a petrol hybrid. It needs to be able to tow over 1600kg so it has to be a full size SUV. There seem to be very few hybrid SUVs that fit my requirements. I've been looking at the Volvo XC90 T8, which looks very smart and fits the bill in terms of towing, but with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, I'm not sure how it will perform."
There's a Porsche Cayenne hybrid with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6, but I can't tell you how well that tows: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/porsche/cayenne-2010/?section=history/ The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can tug 1500kg; the Toyota RAV-4 2.5 hybrid with 4WD can hail 1650kg and the T8 can pull 2400kg.
I was charged £430 to get overtightened wheel bolts drilled out - should the dealer compensate me?
"I purchased an approved 2012 BMW X5 from main dealer in May 2015 with a two year warranty. In February 2016, the main dealer supplied and fitted new alloys under warranty. Last month, my car went to the main dealer in London who said the wheel bolts had been over tightened in February and charged me £215 to drill out the front bolts and replace, same issue with rear wheels (£430 in total). I contacted BMW UK, who didn't want to help, despite the car being under warranty and referred me back to the dealer. When I contacted them, the service manager said the wheels had been fitted to the vehicle for 15 months which is too long for them to be liable. Please can you advise who is responsible. The wheels are BMW 20-inch diamond cut alloys. Should copper grease have been applied to the bolts?"
Take the matter to Small Claims where I think the balance of probability is that the judge will find in your favour. Tell the dealer that this is what you propose to do. No requirement to use copper based grease because the bolts could unfasten themselves. Good idea to use a smear of Copper Ease between the wheels and the hubs.