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How buying paint can wreck your truck, and Facebook measures in to cease insurer





Insurer withdrew initiative with hours to travel after privacy campaigners criticised ‘intrusive’ try and analyse users’ data. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook forces Admiral to intend to price auto insurance depending on posts

FCA to investigate banks’ high-cost credit including overdrafts

Online scams and ‘portal juggling’: National Trading Standards lists threats

Boss of firm that used cold-calling to sell call-blocking devices is jailed

Santander 123 account rate cut comes into effect

Volkswagen’s US compensation deal leaves British drivers fuming

House price growth for a standstill in October, says Nationwide


How a visit to B&Q to obtain paint can wreck your car




Scene of devastation: a five-litre can of paint caused 9,000 in difficulties for the O’Reillys’ new BMW.

In pictures

Homes underground




A cave house obtainable in Galera, Andaluca, Spain.

In the spotlight

Recently built homes were left unsaleable as a result of an ever growing trend for developers to build leasehold houses. Patrick Collinson spoke to homeowners facing huge bills to purchase their freehold.




Dream home or expensive nightmare … property owners increasingly becoming trapped by newly built leasehold houses. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consumer Champions

One thing I did not provide at Aldi: a 70 parking fine

Dear Finnair: staff falling ill just isn’t ‘extraordinary’

I’m asylum seeker with permission to the office – but cannot open a bank account

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