Each time a manufacturer refreshes one of its existing models the chances are that it will be longer and wider than before. A massive 129 modern cars reviewed by Which? exceed the standard limit of a parking bay. It suggests the UK parking space is no longer sufficient for today's cars and the dimensions are ripe for an upgrade.
Can my wife claim some of her late ex's pension? They split their assets amicably without going to court but then he died: Steve Webb replies
During the divorce the assets except his pension were amicably split 50/50. As this was his only income my wife agreed that he could keep the pension. But this was a private agreement and was made without any expectation that he would be diagnosed with cancer and die only a few years later. Does my wife have a legal claim on the pension?
FTSE LIVE: London stocks recover some lost ground after yesterday's sharp drop; Carpetright swings to a full-year loss
The FTSE 100 has rallied slightly this morning - 0.2 per cent to 7524 - after its dramatic 2.3 per cent plummet yesterday. Meanwhile, struggling floorings retailer Carpetright made a loss last year spearheaded by dwindling consumer confidence in the UK and increased competition.
It is still possible to make an investment in UK property profitable - you just need to know what you're doing and be much pickier than before. One increasingly popular approach over the past few years has been to put your money into student accommodation, where investors can benefit from lower house prices in regional cities and towns and higher rents from multiple tenants.
Grand motors: The 10 cars most likely to be listed for sale under £1k - but some cost THREE times as much to insure for new drivers
Everyone remembers their first motor - they're usually old, well used and flirting with the big scrapyard in the sky. These are the 10 models you're most likely to find if you are searching for a car for less than £1k. From top, left to right: Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Nissan Micra, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Megane, Ford Ka.
Single first-time buyers need over a decade to raise a deposit - and for Londoners it could take 17 years
A single first-time buyer who started saving up for a deposit earlier this year will not be able to buy a home until 2028 in certain parts of England and Wales. To raise enough money for a 15 per cent deposit on a first home, a single first-time buyer will need to save for just over 10 and a half years, new figures by Hamptons International show. With pay packets gradually creeping up and house prices cooling off in areas like London, the amount of time it takes for a single first-time buyer saving up for a deposit to get on the housing ladder has dipped slightly from the 11 year mark seen a year ago.
Four strategies to beat the £8billion 'default' bills sting: How to escape the higher household bill trap - and save £2,000 a year
Millions of households are routinely overpaying or losing out by hundreds of pounds a year by falling victim to the 'default penalty' sting - one that shunts people into poor financial deals and costs £8 billion a year. Households are being caught in four key areas - energy, mortgages, savings and home communications. Here we show how you can escape these traps - and boost your annual household budget by £2,000 by switching deals.
Shares in Britain’s biggest estate agent Countrywide crash to all-time low after it issues second profits warning in just six months
On a brutal day for investors, Countrywide stock fell 30 per cent, meaning it has lost 54 per cent of its value so far this year and more than 90 per cent since its peak in 2014. The group, which owns brands including Hamptons, Bairstow Eves, Beresford Adams and Gascoigne-Pees, was worth £1.6 billion four years ago but is now valued at £131m.
Motorists given a heatwave warning: Driving dehydrated can have the effect of being over the drink drive limit
Scorching temperatures of up to 90F have been predicted this week, which will see Britons bathed in hotter conditions than Tahiti. And this poses a risk to motorists who don't consume enough water, studies have shown. A Loughborough University study showed a similar decline in reactions to being over the drink drive limit.
I purchased a Rolex online for £9,000. The seller had arranged payment through PayPal so we were both protected, he said. I called PayPal and it confirmed I would be fully protected if anything went wrong. The watch turned out to be counterfeit and the seller immediately went to ground. PayPal said it had frozen the payment, but demanded proof from Trading Standards or Rolex that the watch was fake. I supplied both, but got no refund.
Zero tolerance: How keying in the number '0' instead of letter 'O' can cost hundreds in parking penalties
Getting the letter 'O' mixed up with number '0' is an easy mistake to make. But get it wrong when using a car parking machine and it can end up costing you hundreds of pounds in fines. Personal trainer Danni Crawford faces such a demand from debt collectors after failing to key in correctly her car registration number on four separate occasions - tapping in a zero rather than the letter O. She says the first she learned about the errors was when details of the fines arrived in the post.
How to keep your pet premiums on a tight leash: Soaring insurance bills mean thousands are ditching cover - but the costs can be controlled
Thousands of pet owners are being forced to ditch insurance for their dogs and cats because of rocketing premiums. Around 12 million households have a pet but as many as eight million are uninsured, leaving them at risk of hefty bills should they have to visit a vet. Here we look at the options available, how to keep costs down and the key facts pet owners need to know about their insurance cover.
Is this building society boss REALLY worth £2.3m a year? If you're a Nationwide member and think that's too much, then vote 'X'
Customers of Nationwide are being urged to vote against the fat-cat pay being enjoyed by the board's 'gang of four' executives at next month's annual general meeting. The call to action has been made by the Building Societies Members Association, a longstanding organisation that passionately believes mutuals such as Nationwide should be run primarily for the benefit of those who own them - savers and borrowers - and not for the personal gain of top executives.
We round up the Sunday newspaper share tips. Joanne Hart and her Midas column in the Financial Mail on Sunday takes a look at PTSG, a company that provides specialist services for buildings across the UK and updates on mineral firm Sirius. Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph runs the rule over the Bank of Georgia while the Sunday Times delves into outsourcing giant Serco.
How to turn your humble home into a hot property: Location, Location, Location stars Kirstie and Phil's tips for buyers and sellers
There's nobody better to ask for advice if you want to sell your home - now or in the future - and would like to get the best possible price than Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer (inset). Allsopp and her co-host on Location, Location, Location have been helping people move since 2000. They give us their tips and Kirstie casts her eye over a selection of houses pictured.
There are so many ways to make it work to your advantage through buying property, whether it be a holiday home for you and your family, a house or flat you can rent out, or somewhere for one of your children to live, possibly when they are a student. A holiday home in the sun is possibly the most immediately appealing option, with many places in the Mediterranean still surprisingly inexpensive. Pictured left: This three bedroom semi-deteached villa in Davutlar, Turkey, is £99,950. Bottom right: Various flats are for sale at Bath's Riverside development. Top right: A three-bedroom apartment in this block in Ibiza is selling for £481,000.
Deal or no deal: Mystery shop reveals which car brands are most (and least) likely to knock money off the price of a new motor
The average discount on the list price of vehicles between March and May was £2,581. However, of the 7,500 purchases reviewed, 218 customers couldn't get a single penny off the retail price of a new car. These are the brands providing the most wiggle room and the ones who don't want to haggle on price at all.
We must fight speculators who hijack the market, says Britain's best-known fund manager Neil Woodford
Woodford, founder and head of investment at Woodford Investment Management, has suffered a rocky 18 months as the value of his flagship fund has plummeted. But in an interview with leading City research firm Square Mile, he told how speculators were causing wild swings in stock prices that were destroying faith in the stock market.
My ex-husband and I divorced in June 2006 and I was awarded a pension sharing order for one of his final salary pensions. I have recently discovered that the order was never passed to the pension company. The fund has since merged with that of the parent company and the administrator says the order would no longer apply as it is out of date and also for an invalid named scheme. My ex says he cannot be held liable for the failure to transfer as he fully complied with the court order. What can I do? Lawyer Jane Keir replies.
SIMON LAMBERT: The Lifetime Isa is a duff idea but it's also a great deal if you're saving for a first home - so grab that 25% bonus
The Lifetime Isa's 25% bonus is a level of a return you would need to wait 25 years to achieve on money paid into a standard savings account paying 1.5 per cent interest. So, while it is a bit of a duff product, it can also be a great deal. If you are saving for a first home then get one (or tell your children or grandchildren to open one if they are).
Why the super-rich are investing in wine... but that doesn't mean you should take this risky bet too
Ultra-rich investors are piling cash into fine art and wine as returns soar. A boom in demand for modern art and classy bottles of vino is pushing up prices - and making profits for investors. It's a classic symptom of a bull - and, many believe, overinflated -market, where wealthier investors seek different assets to jump on.
The best towns and cities to invest in property: Map reveals that student hotspots are the best bet for buy-to-let
Buy-to-let landlords squeezed by recent tax changes may find better returns by targeting towns with strong student populations, research suggests. University towns and cities where housing is cheap, such as Liverpool and Middlesbrough, provide rental yields up to seven times higher than in London, a study by credit specialists Totally Money found. Its report compared average rents to house prices to highlight the most profitable places for buy-to-let and named a pair of postcodes close to two of Liverpool's three universities as a hotspot for property investment - with rental yields of almost 12 per cent.
I disinherited my son due to violence towards me, but he says when I'm dead he'll be 'back for his share': Could he challenge my will?
My youngest son has been abusive and, at times, even violent towards me. In view of his behaviour, I drafted a new will over 10 years ago leaving everything to my eldest son. I've seen various press articles suggesting that disaffected family members are achieving more success in challenging wills which do not make any provision for them. My youngest son has stated that 'when I'm dead he'll be back for his share' and I'm concerned that he may still inherit despite my wishes. Could he challenge my will? Lawyer Daniel Winter (pictured) replies.
THIS IS MONEY'S FIVE OF THE BEST CASH ISA DEALS
Aldermore pays 1.65% AER interest on its two-year fixed rate Isa account. Interest can be paid monthly or yearly. Allows transfers in from other providers, minimum deposit is £500.
Al Rayan pays 1.35% AER on its easy access Isa account. The bank is Sharia compliant and therefore pays an expected profit rate rather than guaranteed interest. Allows transfers in from other providers, minimum deposit is £50.
Charter Savings Bank offers a cash Isa fixed for one year paying 1.52% AER. The minimum opening deposit is £1,000. Transfers in are allowed and the bank offers Portfolio Isas so you can open several accounts within the same Isa wrapper.
Skipton BS offers a rate of 1.35% AER interest on its 18-month fixed rate cash Isa - one of few accounts over the term available. You can open with a £500 deposit and it allows transfers in.
Ford Money pays 1.45% interest on its one-year fixed rate Isa. interest paid monthly at a rate of 1.44%. The provider offers flexible accounts that allow withdrawals without affecting your annual tax-free allowance. It requires a minimum deposit of £500.
What next for interest rates? The 'dead certain' hike that never arrived - Bank holds at 0.5% but door left open for an August move
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee kept interest rates on hold at 0.5 per cent, in spite of forecasts of a 90 per cent chance of a rise just three weeks ago. Policymakers voted 7-2 for a hold, with the two members who called for a rise saying that they believed there were 'upside risks' for inflation.
Borrowers are being offered a raft of cheap fixed rate mortgages as lenders attempt to lure them into remortgaging or buying a home. But HSBC has decided to buck the trend and launch a new rate mortgage that is a tracker instead. We pick out the best fixed and tracker rate mortgages and look at what next for rates.
Buy-to-let is much tougher than it once was. A tax crackdown on buying properties and a tax raid on the rental income from owning them has seen to that. But for many Britons the idea of investing in property still appeals, as they trust bricks and mortar and may feel that they can add value to a property. Read our top ten buy-to-let tips
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