READ­ERS’ QUES­TIONS

Autocar - - USED CARS -

QUES­TION

I want the clear, bright light of an LED head­light. Can I fit af­ter­mar­ket LED head­lights to my car and bring it up to date for lit­tle money? Rory Swift, Ber­wick

AN­SWER

Best not to, Rory. The MOT comes down hard on doc­tored lights. In the case of af­ter­mar­ket high in­ten­sity dis­charge lights, for ex­am­ple, it in­sists they are in­stalled in a light unit de­signed and ap­proved for their use (in other words, the orig­i­nal one). If not, the tester is in­structed to re­ject it. You can as­sume this rule also ap­plies to LED head­lights. It’s why you’ll see af­ter­mar­ket ones ad­ver­tised with the warn­ing ‘Not road le­gal’ or ‘Off-road use only’. JE

QUES­TION

What should I look for when choos­ing a car cover? Paul Smith, via email

AN­SWER

A timely ques­tion, Paul. With the typ­i­cal garage now stacked with stuff too good to throw away but un­likely ever to be used, the trea­sured mo­tor must take its chances on the drive­way. So cov­er­ing it is a good call and we’d rec­om­mend you con­sider the fol­low­ing when choos­ing one: ‘breatha­bil­ity’, pro­tec­tion against gen­eral knocks and scrapes, and ro­bust ties and straps that will make it fit snugly so it doesn't rub the paint in a wind or, worse, blow away never to be seen again. JE

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