How to stop your car battery from going flat – and six other lockdown motoring tips

Since the lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus began two months ago, MoneySavers with motors have been asking us – and each other via the MSE Forum – how to keep their car in good nick if it's not being driven much, or at all. Understandably, they want to avoid having to shell out for repairs when they're able to hit the road again.

Does a repaired car have to be good as new?

In my family, I’m generally not the first person who springs to mind if an auntie needs a new shelf put up, or my dad wants a second opinion on some bathroom grouting. "Dan’s not the ‘practical sort’" is the general mantra. So when confronted with a car mechanic, talking of faulty V-belts and worn gear box...