READ­ERS’ QUES­TIONS

Autocar - - USED CARS -

QUES­TION

I’m look­ing at im­port­ing a BMW 5 Se­ries from Ja­pan. Are there any pit­falls? Phil Tay­lor

AN­SWER

Apart from the ship­ping charge, there are port fees, im­port duty and VAT to con­sider. A car that is un­der ten years old will also need an IVA/MOT test. Then there are UK reg­is­tra­tion fees. It is much less bother to buy di­rectly from a spe­cial­ist im­port com­pany.

QUES­TION

I’m 20 and have just passed my driv­ing test. I have a de­cent bud­get for a car, so what should I look for? Ce­line Lawrence

AN­SWER

The an­swer to this is al­ways go­ing to re­late to in­sur­ance. You may have a big bud­get, but all new driv­ers are ex­pected to pay gen­er­ously for their ini­tial pre­mi­ums. My choice would be a Fiat Panda Dy­namic Eco. It is cheap to in­sure and a 2010 ex­am­ple costs about £2000.

QUES­TION

I’m a big bloke and I need my next car to of­fer com­fort, prac­ti­cal­ity and the abil­ity to carry my push­bike. Sug­ges­tions? Jes­per Groen­vold

AN­SWER

A Nis­san Qashqai could be the an­swer. Even with four peo­ple on board, there is plenty of head and leg room. For the bike, there is a 430-litre boot that ex­pands to 1585 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

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