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My automobile was never imported correctly...


I bought a Japanese automobile, but the person who brought it to Ireland didn't register it when he imported it here. Now I discover that over 6k is owed in penalties... What can I do?

Filed under importing - Asked by Darren Curneen (Dublin) - Thu, 10 May 2018 19:21

How much to import a 2010 Mazda CX-7?

How much to import a 2010 Mazda CX-7?

Filed under importing - Asked by Eamon Rice (Monaghan) - Fri, 04 May 2018 01:11

Thoughts on my Touran's value?

Hi there, just want to get another opinion on trade in value.

I bought a 162 Volkswagen Touran in a Highline spec with the 2.0-litre engine not 1.6 and the automobile cost me just slightly over the €40k mark. We have been pricing around to trade up for a 182 Tiguan each ofspace and I've tried five to six Volkswagen dealers with the highest  of €22k as a trade-in value for my own automobile, so that’s a loss of €18k in two years and there was me thinking buying a VW was a sound bet!

I also ed Volkswagen Ireland and the response I got was "your local dealer is best equipped to give you the best trade in." Is it any wonder people are deciding to go to the UK to buy when there is a serious rip off culture in this country? I look forward to your thoughts on this.



Filed under used automobile values - Asked by David Hayes (Dunmanway ) - Fri, 04 May 2018 04:19

Is customs duty included in VRT for import?

Is "Customs Duty" on a non-EU import (e.g. a automobile from Japan) included in the figure got from the VRT calculator, or is it an additional charge?

Filed under importing - Asked by Enoch Soames (Bray) - Tue, 08 May 2018 18:43

Looking for an extra-comfy automobile...

I saw the Skoda Fabia - Toyota Yaris comparison. I am looking for a automobile with a smooth drive as my dear wife has back problems and feels every bump. Also, do othropedic seats that you place on the automobile seat help?


each ofan

Filed under comfort - Asked by each ofan Katz (Tel Aviv - Israel ) - Wed, 09 May 2018 10:13

Can I buy a Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI?

Where can I buy a new Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI? My local dealer says its not available in the Republic.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Hugh McKitterick (Dundalk Co. Louth) - Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:39

Power comparison for petrol/diesel Golfs?

Is a 2013 1.2-litre petrol Volkswagen Golf Highline with 105hp the same power as a 1.6 diesel with 105hp?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Claire Automobileroll (Dublin) - Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:19

Should you be recommending diesels?


I have the impression that on many occasions you can recommend a diesel as being a better option, and I can fully understand why. The problem is, it seems to me, that there is a huge degree of uncertainty over diesels, with widespread negative publicity and many cities proposing to ban them. It doesn't really matter whether this negativity is justified. The "uncertainty" will kill any market. Not only do you have to worry about where you might be allowed to drive, but also whether there will be much demand for diesels in four or five years time, when you go to sell. So economically, diesels might be a better proposition, but it takes a brave person to make that choice.


Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:14

My Citroen's heater isn't working...


I have just bought a 2004 Citroen C5 and the heater blower does not work; is this a common problem?

Filed under electrics - Asked by Patrick Hehir (Kilmihil) - Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:01

Should Audi cover my A3 chain fix?


I have a 2011 Audi A3 1.2 TFSI with 74,000km on the clock and am advised that engine noise means new timing chain and guides need to be replaced. This seems to be a problem with the A3 of this year. Should Audi cover the cost of the defective timing chain, parts and labour?


Michael Quirke

Filed under warranty - Asked by Michael Quirke (Dublin 18) - Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:45