Hugo Grif­fiths

Got any car queries?

Auto Express - - Buying Cars - Hu­go_ Grif­fiths@den­ @ Ae_­con­sumer

Q How much VED will I pay?

I AM look­ing to buy a nearly-new car, one that was reg­is­tered af­ter 1 April 2017. With the new VED rates, would I have to re­pay the high, first-year rate, or would I sim­ply need to stump up the £140 flat fee in­stead? Chris De­war, E-mail


THE new VED sys­tem doesn’t al­low pay­ments to be trans­ferred be­tween own­ers, so you’ll have to pay the re­main­der of the first-year tax. Af­ter that it’ll be £140 a year, or £130 if it’s a hy­brid, plus an ex­tra £310 a year if the car cost £40,000 or more when new.

Q Wor­ried about i10 noise

MY 67-plate Hyundai i10 au­to­matic makes a strange in­ter­mit­tent noise once it’s warmed up. I can only de­scribe it as sound­ing like a bus brak­ing. What could the prob­lem be, and what should I do? P Chan, E-mail


IT could be a num­ber of things, from bind­ing brakes to a faulty heater fan. Some own­ers traced strange noises back to a head­light ad­just­ment mo­tor mal­func­tion. It’s worth get­ting your dealer to check the car; strange noises can of­ten mean big re­pair bills.

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