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Should I buy now or wait until the New Year?

Hi guys,

Is there any point in changing my automobile this side of Christmas? I am going from a 2006 Opel Vectra to a 2008 Mazda6.

Thanks Mick

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:28

I need a bigger automobile, but I have a small budget.


I have a 2005 three-door Mitsubishi Colt and need a bigger automobile: I have a three-year old and baby on the way... Don't have much cash  (€1,000 max); what sort of automobile could I get with my automobile as a trade in? I have looked at Mitsubishi Spacestar and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. I want a reliable automobile and want to keep engine size down to save on tax and insurance.. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, have you any ideas of anyone who would pay cash for my automobile? Tried all the cash-for-automobiles places and got no answers.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Sarah Morgan (Dublin) - Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:59

I'd like something economical to replace my Focus.


I have €10,000 plus a 2000 Ford Focus 1.8. I'm looking for an economical automobile to do 100km a day, every day. What kind of automobile should I be looking at? Was thinking of a 1.8 TDCi Focus. Is diesel a good choice?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Pete Tinsley (MACROOM) - Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:40

2007 Toyota Yaris or 2007 Volkswagen Polo?

I am looking at a 2007 Toyota Yaris 1.0-litre Terra with 23,000km or a 2007 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Comfortline with 20,000km. Both can be had for €8,000 cash. It is a first automobile for my daughter. Which one should I buy?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Chris Fox (Dublin) - Sun, 03 Oct 2010 13:49

What will I replace my Mitsubishi L200 with?


I am driving a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up, but I am thinking of changing. I like the height of the driving position, but I am looking for lower tax and a diesel engine that's more economical. Any suggestions?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Marie Finucane (Clare) - Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:20

What automobile will cost me less in tax than my 2007 Golf?

I have a 2007 VW Golf diesel with 44,000 miles on the clock. I wish to change it for a similarly sized 08/09 automobile with lower tax. My annual mileage is about 12,000-14,000 miles. Which automobiles would you recomend and how much should I receive for my own one?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Mary Hughes (Westport) - Wed, 08 Sep 2010 15:34

Recommend a automobile for €5,000 for a 21-year old starting off.

My daughter is 21 and is looking for her first automobile. She has about €5,000 to spend. What automobile would you recommend?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Richard Burke (Drogheda) - Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:15

Should I buy from SIMI?

I am thinking of purchasing a '06 or '07 Toyota Corolla Hatchback with all the extras. I have spotted one at an independent dealer that suits my requirements however the dealer is not a member of the SIMI.

Would i be better of purchashing from an SIMI dealer even if this automobile at the independent dealer checks out ok.? They have told me that the mileage/km will be warranted & that there able to offer the same level of service as any SIMI member. Should i trust this dealer or just avoid altogether ?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by James Slyver (Cork) - Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:46

Is 80,000 miles a lot on a 2007 Ford Galaxy?

We are looking for a used Ford Galaxy and wondering if 80,000 miles is a lot on a 2007 1.8 diesel model? We do very low mileage so won't add much to whatever we buy but we want to keep it for a long time. Don't want to buy something that will soon cause trouble! Thanks

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:06

Should I buy new or second-hand with up to €30k?

I'm thinking of trading in my automobile for scrappage at the moment before some of the deals end and I am thinking of spending €25k - €30k.

I have been looking at the Renault Laguna and Opel Insignia for the scrappage instead of a second-hand automobile. I am looking for something with a decent boot and a bit of poke in it as I'm upgrading from a Corsa!

After thinking about it for a while I then thought about maybe going for a second-hand automobile for resale value and depreciation of a new automobile especially since it's coming close to the end of the year and it'll be a year old in a few months.

On the second-hand range I was considering maybe a BMW 5 Series, Audi A4 or A6 or something similiar in that range. Any suggestions or ideas on what to do or look for in a automobile to maximise the purchase and keep resale value? I am open to suggestions on other makes and models I may have skipped over. Thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Alan Crookes (Portmarnock) - Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:32

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