Car Clinic: Can a child travel in a car without a car seat?

Car Clinic: Can a child travel without a car seat?


Q. I was asked to drive one of my eight-year-old daughter’s friends home in my car without a car seat. Is this legal?
Car Clinic: What's the best portable sat nav device?

Car Clinic: What's the best portable sat nav device?


Q. My boyfriend and I plan to travel around the UK this summer in our campervan. To avoid squabbles, we need a (reasonably priced) portable sat nav...
Why do cars not achieve the claimed MPG figure?

Why do cars not achieve the claimed MPG figure?


A Peugeot I test-drove recently claimed 90mpg; I managed 47mpg. Why the discrepancy?
Car Clinic: how can I improve the visibility of my Fiat Ducato's speedo dial?

My Fiat Ducato's speedo dial is hard to read


It’s hard to read the speedo in our new Fiat Ducato motor home because the dial is dark and far away. What can we do?
Sunday Times Driving Car Clinic: Insurance premium increase after removing a named driver from the policy

My car insurance company charged me for removing a...


I asked Gladiator insurance to remove a named driver from my new policy a couple of days before the old one expired. The policy had already been renewed...
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My garage recorded the wrong mileage at my car's MoT...


I want to sell my Nissan Note, but during the car’s last MoT the garage recorded an incorrect mileage of nearly 50,000, double the genuine figure...
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Does my Audi need corrective work?


Q.Like many other owners of Audi diesel cars, I have been told to bring in my vehicle for corrective work. I don’t really want my car fiddled with...
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What is the best eco-friendly non-electric hatchback?


Q. I want a new estate or hatchback that’s eco-friendly but not pure electric. Almost all my journeys are urban and less than five miles. I understand...
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What are the new rules for selling a car?


Q. I am about to sell my car privately. The MoT expires in a month and the vehicle tax at the end of April
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Without a tax disc, how can I check that my vehicle...


According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the number of untaxed cars on UK roads has more than doubled since the tax disc was abolished last...
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Why are some of my car's previous owners missing from...


The original logbook of my 3.4-litre Jaguar Mk 2 shows three previous owners
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How accurate are fuel economy figures?


Q. My wife has bought a 61-plate petrol Nissan Qashqai+2. Its fuel economy is typically 20-24mpg. Our trips are short so we’re not expecting the...