Car Clinic: What do I need to know about Paris car emissions rules before driving there?


"I am driving to Paris and have heard of new anti-pollution rules in the city. Do I need to do anything before I set off?"
Car Clinic: My car was damaged by airport parking — what can I do?

Car Clinic: My car was damaged by airport parking


Our brand new car was damaged by an airport parking service but the company won’t pay up. What can we do?
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: I had an accident but the third party's insurance may be void due to undisclosed health problem. What can I do?

Car Clinic: A third party's insurance may be void


My car was hit by a driver who admits responsibility but says he “blacked out”. His insurer won’t pay and is checking for an undisclosed health...
My parking ticket lists the wrong car — is it still enforceable?

My parking ticket lists the wrong car — is it still...


My parking ticket (issued on private land when I thought it was free to park) lists the wrong model and number. The car is on film. Is the ticket...
A case of clocking? My car's odometer and sat-nav show different mileages

Clocking? My car's odometer and sat-nav show different...


My second-hand Mitsubishi’s odometer shows 20,000 fewer miles than does the built-in sat nav. My dealer says the odometer reading fits the service...
The MoT certificate on my wife’s car expired while we were away. How can I take it for its test when I can’t drive it without a valid certificate?

Can you drive a car without a valid MoT?


The MoT certificate on my wife’s car expired while we were away. How can I take it for its test when I can’t drive it without a valid certificate?
Car Clinic

Are bonnet-mounted car mascots illegal?


I’ve bought a 2006 Jaguar X-type with a “leaper” mascot on the bonnet. Some people say it’s legal, others that it isn’t. What’s the position?
Airport valet parking

My car was scratched at Gatwick valet parking but I...


I left my new Land Rover with Gatwick’s valet parking and later found a large scratch on the rear passenger door and scraped alloys and trim ...
Car Clinic: faulty airbags

My BMW was recalled over safety fears and I've not...


Q. My BMW 3-series is the subject of a recall to replace the front passenger airbag. Although I was alerted to this in November
Vauxhall xenon headlights

Are xenon headlight conversions legal?


Can I replace the standard headlights on my Vauxhall Astra Elite with xenon versions?
Car Clinic

The reversing light of my Seat Leon is always on. Can...


Q. The reversing light of my wife’s Seat Leon is always on. My garage has failed to fix it and is now talking about new relays and a gearbox switch...
Car Clinic: I've noticed some quad bikes do not have licence plates. Is this legal?

I’ve noticed that some quad bikes do not have a front...


Q. I’ve noticed that quad bikes being driven on a road near my home do not have a front numberplate. Is this legal?