READ­ERS’ QUES­TIONS

Autocar - - USED CARS -

My son wants a used EV but does a high mileage so is ner­vous about find­ing charg­ers when he needs them. He likes the idea of plug-in hy­brids but they don’t go far be­fore the en­gine cuts in. Are there any other ways? Mark Wil­liams, via email

Your son could al­ways con­sider a range-ex­ten­der, such as the BMW i3 REX. In th­ese cars, a small on-board petrol en­gine charges up the bat­tery as and when it gets low. BMW is about to halt pro­duc­tion of the i3 REX, but used ones can be had for about £18,000. MP

I have an au­to­matic Nis­san Qashqai that has let us down on oc­ca­sion. We would like an­other small-ish used SUV and an­other au­to­matic but we’re wor­ried they’re all un­re­li­able. What would you rec­om­mend? John Nut­ting, via email

There have been a few is­sues re­ported with the Qashqai’s au­to­matic gear­box, but don’t let that put you off buy­ing au­tos al­to­gether. Look at the Seat Ateca and the Skoda Karoq, both of which come with a neat dual-clutch au­to­matic gear­box and both of which are now avail­able to buy used. MP

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