How to repair scratches and scuffs to car paintwork


After one of our own cars was involved in a low-speed scrape, Driving got in touch with ChipsAway to witness the specialist repair process...
Car Clinic: Why have my alloy wheels turned black?

Car Clinic: Why have my alloy wheels turned black?


The alloy wheels on our 2014 Ford B-Max turned from silver to black shortly after purchase. Why?
Car Clinic: How can I stop my car windscreen from misting up?

Car Clinic: How can I prevent windscreen misting?


The windscreen in my Vauxhall Corsa mists up badly in damp weather and takes ages to clear. What can I do about it?
Car Clinic: After clearing petrol out of my diesel car's fuel system, should I pay for optional additive?

Car Clinic: I put petrol in my diesel car...


When I put petrol in my diesel Audi A5, Fuel Doctor drained the tank. I declined to pay £20 for an additive to prevent “dangerous fumes..."
Car Clinic: My car's air-con is blowing warm air, even after regassing. Why?

Car Clinic: My air-con is blowing warm air. Why?


Q. I’ve had my Vauxhall’s air-conditioning regassed but it’s still blowing warm air. The pressure is fine...
Car Clinic: Should I worry about a steering wheel lock warning on my BMW 3-series?

Car Clinic: 3-series steering wheel warning light


The warning light for the electronic steering wheel lock on my 2007 BMW 3-series is illuminated, though the lock works fine. Should I worry?

Car Clinic: Is my car dealer ripping me off?


Our dealer has quoted £293 to replace a fog light on our Honda Jazz ­— are we being ripped off?
Car Clinic: What caused warning lights when using a space-saver spare wheel?Car Clinic: What caused warning lights when using a space-saver spare wheel?

Car Clinic: Space-saver warning lights


Q. When I used a space-saver spare wheel on my Citroën DS4...
Audi Q5 transmission fault

Car Clinic: My Audi Q5 cuts out at junctions


The engine on my automatic Audi Q5 sometimes cuts out when I brake at junctions. My garage says the unit is fine and the stop-start is...
Car Clinic: What could be causing my BMW not to start?

Car Clinic: My BMW is hard to start. Why?


It’s increasingly hard to start my BMW. I’ve replaced the battery and had the fuel line checked. What next?
Car Clinic: What is the grating sound when changing from first to second gear in my Porsche Cayman S?

Car Clinic: What is the grating sound when changing...


Sometimes when cold there is a grating sound when changing from first to second gear on my Porsche Cayman S. Any ideas?
Car Clinic: Will vinegar stop my windscreen wipers from screeching?

Car Clinic: Will vinegar stop my windscreen wipers...


What can I do to stop the rubber of my wipers screeching over the windscreen? A friend suggested using vinegar.
Car Clinic: What's causing the hissing noise that stops when I press the brake pedal?

Car Clinic: What's causing the hissing noise that stops...


A hissing noise comes from one side of my Audi A3 but stops when I press the brake pedal. The brakes seem to be working properly. Any ideas?