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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

I need a mid-sized family automobile for about 10,000km a year

Hi there,

I need to buy a mid-sized family automobile that has to do me for about five years. Both my wife and I cycle to work so it would be in the driveway most of the time though I'd say we still clock up about 10,000 km a year.

My budget is between €9,000 and €10,000 and I was hoping to buy a 2007 automobile. I had been looking at the Ford Focus diesel estate as it is economical, roomy and decent to drive, but any out there in my price range tend to have a lot of miles on the clock.

I'm now looking at petrol Jettas, which are nice automobiles but the fuel economy concerns me as I know petrol automobiles are falling out of favour. Any advice?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Mark Jordan (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:22

Peugeot 407, VW Passat or Mazda6?

Hi lads,

Any thoughts on the Peugeot 407 1.6-litre diesel? Seems to be great value. Looking at that or either a 2007 Volkswagen Passat or Mazda6.

I have heard mixed reports on all at this stage. Budget is tight so swaying to the 407 as seems to be a lot of spec etc.



Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:49

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