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Petrol Audi A3, BMW 318i or Honda Civic?


I'm planning on buying a brand new 2018 Audi A3 1.0-litre TFSI S line Saloon or 2017 BMW 318i M Sport or 2018 Honda Civic 1.0-litre Turbo. Please help me with the questions below since I have no way getting a test drive:

1. Which one is more fun to drive?

2. Are these automobiles fast?

3. What is more reliable and costs less to maintain?

4. What is the overall best automobile?

Thanks, Arjun

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Arjun De Silva (Kandy) - Sun, 15 Jul 2018 03:57

How does the VW Polo 1.0 MPI perform?

I want to know about the performance of the Volkswagen Polo 1.0-litre MPI...

Filed under performance - Asked by Kushal Goon (Guwahati, Assam) - Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:16

VRT and motor tax on a Mercedes camper?


I was just wondering if I bought a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 308 diesel camper from the UK, what would the VRT estimate be and how much to tax it? The engine capacity is 3.0-litre. It has 74,456 miles on the clock.

Filed under VRT - Asked by Raymond Flynn (Athlone, Co. Westmeath) - Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:29

Electrical issues with the Volvo S60?

I am considering buying a second hand Volvo S60, approx year 2014. I've heard negative remarks about the electrics and that issues are expensive to repair. Would electrical issues be common?

Filed under electrics - Asked by David Heffernan (Dublin) - Sat, 12 May 2018 11:57

Looking at maybe a new petrol SUV.


I'm looking to change my 151 Toyota Corolla 1.4 Luna diesel at the end of this year or early next year. It currently has 93,000km on the clock. About 70 per cent of our driving is on short journeys such as short runs to town of about 10km. Would I be better to stay with diesel or go to petrol? I'm thinking about getting a crossover/SUV, something like a Peugeot 3008, Nissan Qashqai or a Kia Sportage, or would I get better value getting a smaller SEAT Ateca, Suzuki Vitara or Opel Mokka? My children are all adults now and are only around at weekends so our mileage will be decreasing a bit. Any advice would be great.



Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Roddy McMyler (Kilkenny) - Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:51

Why do Irish automobile buyers not get discounts?


I wonder if you could explain something I don't really understand about the Irish automobile buying market, even though I have a big interest in automobiles and the industry. Why is it that Irish automobile buyers hardly ever seem to get the sort of discounts that buyers in Britain do? I'm not just referring to the fact that overall new and used prices are cheaper there.

I wanted to buy a new or nearly new Peugeot 508 here recently and thought I would get a reasonable discount, which I pushed for, as that model does not sell as well as many of it's rivals and I thought the Peugeot dealer would be delighted to sell a saloon seeing as the market for them is declining so much and so many people now want SUVs instead. Alas, I could not get any sort of decent discount for a new or nearly new 508. It is well known that in Britain the buyer often gets a sizeable discount for automobile types or models that lag behind many rivals in sales, or for certain brands such as Vauxhall/Opel and Citroen. From what I observe and hear, you don't get decent discounts either for certain makes and models here in Ireland.

Higher VRT and other taxes here, don't explain these differences alone. I thought with Brexit and the vast increase in used and nearly new imports that Irish dealers would be more price competitive, but I'm surprised also that the prices of good fresh second hand automobiles here haven't come down more in this backdrop. For some good reasons, I'd prefer to buy here than from abroad, but it just seems that Irish automobile buyers can't catch the breaks that UK buyers get at all! Do you agree with me or can you kindly explain these differences in both markets?

Thanks, JC

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by JC Holohan (Waterford) - Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:04

Is my Mondeo's tax bill correct?

I have a 2009 Ford Mondeo 2.0 140hp, but I think my automobile tax might be wrong. I have been paying €750 a year on this automobile. I'm only looking into it now after someone telling me it could be the wrong price; how can I look into this or who could I talk to about this?


Filed under taxation - Asked by Thomas Madden (Kilcolgan ) - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:20

Is this 2010 Volvo XC90 a good deal?

Hi there,

Looking to buy a 2010 Volvo XC90 with 130k on the clock. There’s a full service history. Cambelt was changed at 100k miles. It seems most of the mileage was highway miles. Price is €12k. Is it possible to bring the automobile to a Volvo dealer to get checked out? Good deal or bad deal?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Wendy B (Dublin) - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:33

Should we get a second EV for towing?

Hi, a question about a second automobile. What would be a good choice for a second automobile for travelling to work that does small mileage (10-20 miles) daily? Our main automobile is a Nissan Leaf, which we use for the majority of our driving. A automobile that can tow a small trailer would be ideal, something with low tax and running costs. Budget is about 6-7 thousand euro, with the intention of trading in the automobile in a few years time for a newer model. Have thought of buying another electric automobile, but not sure about having two electric automobiles in household until longer range automobiles are available or charging network improves.

Thank you for your help.


Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by Barry Slye (Cork) - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:55

Best way to deal with a automobile I own in Spain?

This is probably a difficult question and if you don't have a clear answer, that's fine.

Upon retiring, I bought an apartment in Spain four years ago and for the past four years I've come and gone. Because I spent extended periods there it wasn't realistic to hire a automobile, so I bought a new automobile but then I made the mistake of replacing it in 2017. I was never tax resident in Spain and now intend selling up and coming back to Ireland permanently. Do you know what is the tax position of bringing the automobile back the Ireland? It might be better to sell it in Spain, but I'm unlikely to get a reasonable price, but equally if the VRT is very significant I should accept the loss.



Filed under importing - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:59

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