Tick­ets, tyres and trade-ins

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Am­ble slide

QLast

week we vis­ited the Lake Dis­trict and de­cided to take a walk from Gras­mere. We chose a walk that was de­scribed as tak­ing three hours and paid for four hours of park­ing. Dur­ing the stroll my wife slipped and hurt her back, which slowed our pace. We ex­ceeded our park­ing limit by about 40 min­utes, but I in­tend to ap­peal against the ticket. What would you ad­vise?

AT, Rugby ADo

that and give your rea­sons. If this is re­jected, tell the park­ing com­pany to take you to court. A judge is un­likely to re­ject your ap­peal. You might re­ceive threat­en­ing let­ters, but will not be taken to court. The firm can­not put bailiffs on to you with­out a court or­der.

Wa­ter ship down

QIn

damp weather, my friend’s 1995N Vaux­hall As­tra suf­fers se­vere in­ter­nal con­den­sa­tion. Do you know how this can be re­duced or prefer­ably elim­i­nated?

BM, Derby AThe

plas­tic, wa­ter­proof mem­branes in­side the doors have dis­in­te­grated and need re­plac­ing. For a car of this age, it’s best to make your own us­ing DPC mem­brane. It’s fid­dly to get the door pan­els off with­out break­ing the clips. Don’t plan on do­ing any­thing else that day.

Some like it hot

QFive

years ago I pur­chased a 2003 Jaguar X-type 2.0 petrol, with one pre­vi­ous lady owner, 43,000 miles and a main dealer ser­vice his­tory. Since then I’ve moved to Cyprus and brought the car with me. It has now done only 67,000 miles, be­cause my an­nual mileage is low. What ma­jor and/or mi­nor re­pairs might face me?

GT, Nicosia AThis

is a smaller ver­sion of one of the best en­gines Ford (which owned Jaguar at the time) ever built. It was dropped be­cause it did not sell, so avail­abil­ity of some parts is not as good as it is for the 2.5 and 3.0 V6s. It has a tim­ing chain, so there’s no belt to worry about. Cyprus is warm, so there won’t be con­den­sa­tion in the brake fluid, but it’s still worth chang­ing it. Change the en­gine oil and fil­ter, as well as the air and cabin polen fil­ters. Run the high­est-oc­tane petrol you can find. Steep saunter: a walk in the Lake Dis­trict that took longer than ex­pected af­ter an in­jury re­sulted in a park­ing ticket am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures. If you want tyres that are good in the sum­mer and can also cope with win­ter snow and ice, I rec­om­mend Goodyear Vec­tor 4Sea­sons. Another reader has had ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese on a Jazz. The Pri­macy HP has been re­placed by the Pri­macy 3.

Hard de­ci­sion

QI

have driven a Seat Leon Cupra 1.8 20VT for the past 10 years. It’s time to change be­cause the Seat is get­ting old and my wife has de­vel­oped com­pacted discs that make long jour­neys painful – es­pe­cially in a car with firm sus­pen­sion and low-pro­file tyres. I have a bud­get of £20,000 and want some­thing that is com­fort­able for her, but also rea­son­ably in­ter­est­ing to drive. I do a lot of mo­tor­way driv­ing, so think that diesel is the way to go. We’ve tested the Audi A5 quat­tro, Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti and a Volvo V40 Cross Coun­try. She liked the Honda, which seemed enor­mous, but I’d be happy with any of the oth­ers. AThe

1.8 TSI is by far the best Yeti, but new ones cost £25,000. Un­for­tu­nately, the Cross Coun­try would not have Volvo’s promis­ing new four-cylin­der 2.0-litre 179bhp diesel en­gine that gets less than 100g/km in the EC tests in the S60 and V60. That’s worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

JC, Ald­worth

Open sea­son

QMy

Mercedes-Benz CLK 230K has now cov­ered more than 103,000 miles and is start­ing to cost se­ri­ous money. I hope to keep its re­place­ment for at least five years and ex­pect to do about 7,000 miles a year. I fancy another drop-top but don’t like later CLKs. Con­vert­ible Bee­tles seem a bit twee for a 66-year-old builder and, al­though I like the looks of the VW Eos, I gather they’re prone to leaks. I’m pre­pared to put in £12,000, plus what­ever I can get for the Merc. Thoughts? AMazda

MX-5s are ex­cel­lent sports cars, but a tight squeeze in­side. Look at a BMW Z4. This is less of a sports car than the Mazda, but roomier and would suit some­body who’s used to a CLK. There’s a de­cent en­gine choice, too.

JB, Bath

Ticket to raid?

QI

am the reg­is­tered keeper of a car that was given a pri­vate park­ing ticket. I was not us­ing the ve­hi­cle at the time and sup­plied the driver’s name and ad­dress, as re­quested. The park­ing en­forcer has now sent a pay­ment no­tice to my ad­dress, al­though the driver does not live here. They have threat­ened us that their en­force­ment agents are in the area and that the driver of the ve­hi­cle is li­able to prose­cu­tion. The Bri­tish Park­ing As­so­ci­a­tion says I’ll have to pay be­cause the driver ob­vi­ously hasn’t. AI

checked this with a re­tired fraud squad of­fi­cer who knows about the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion. He wrote: “Once the reg­is­tered keeper has named the driver, then the reg­is­tered keeper can no longer be held li­able, ir­re­spec­tive of whether or not the pri­vate park­ing com­pany gets its money

AD, via email from the driver. So long as the reg­is­tered keeper pro­vided the pri­vate park­ing com­pany with the gen­uine and ser­vice­able name and ad­dress of the driver within the ap­pro­pri­ate time frame, then they can­not be held legally li­able for the al­leged debt. For a no­tice placed on a ve­hi­cle, the li­a­bil­ity is with the driver and the driver only be­cause there is no way of know­ing (or prov­ing) that the reg­is­tered keeper was ever aware of its pres­ence. To claim ‘keeper li­a­bil­ity’ where none ex­ists is a mis­use and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of DVLA data and should be re­ported as such to the DVLA.” See leg­is­la­tion. gov.uk/ukpga/2012/9/ sched­ule/4/en­acted.

Prince of wails

QWhat’s

the coolest miniSUV for a new mother?

PC, via email ASome

peo­ple like the Kia Soul, but there are also the Re­nault Cap­tur and Peu­geot 2008. Mini-SUVs as a cat­e­gory don’t re­ally qual­ify as cool, but a used Nis­san Cube might.

Style coun­sel

QI

drive about 20,000 miles per year. I have a leased Mercedes SLK (bad for long dis­tances) that goes back in March. I want some­thing re­li­able and stylish, maybe an es­tate, and have a bud­get of up to £11,000. I’ve looked at Citroën C5s, Jaguar XFs, BMW Tour­ings, Audi A6 Avants, Jeeps and so on. The best bets seem to be a Mercedes CLS 320 CDI or an XF 2.7 TDV.

AS, via email AI

think a CLS 320 CDI will be more re­li­able than an XF 2.7. A cou­ple of odd­ball al­ter­na­tives are the Re­nault La­guna Coupé and Peu­geot 407 Coupé. The 407 Coupé is one of the qui­etest cars I’ve driven. See hon­estjohn. co.uk/car­by­car.

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