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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

How much VRT on a new Land Cruiser?

Hi there, how much would the VRT be on a 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser five-door LWB?


Filed under VRT - Asked by Elizabeth Kearns (Longford ) - Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:54

Used Qashqai, Sportage, ix35 or BMW X1?

I am looking for a 2012 Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage or Hyundai ix35 or a 2010 BMW X1. each of of these have driven approx. 80,000 miles for a price range of €12-13,000. Which one would you go for? Most driving will be on motorways during weekends.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Naved Iraqi (Dublin) - Tue, 26 Jun 2018 23:10

Why do delivery charges vary so much?


I am interested in buying a new Ford Fiesta; the model I am interested in is priced online at €20,150. One dealer in the Cork area quoted me €22,000 for the exact same thing, another quoted €21,395, making delivery charges €1,850 and €1,245 respectively. Audi quotes €650 delivery for the A1. Would you ask Ford Ireland for a comment and if it intends to do anything about it?



Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Pat Mc Sweeney - Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:47

Should I go for a hybrid next?


I am considering purchasing a second hand family size hybrid such as the Lexus IS 300h, as I am trying to save on running costs. I currently drive a 131 Vauxhall Insignia SRi 2.0 diesel, which is lovely to drive and decently economical. I am changing job, and will be communiting about 100km a day, mainly on motorway (although the M50 is like a automobile park at rush hour so I don't expect to be getting over 60km/h). This will be our only family automobile so need decent boot space for the baby and buggy etc. I have about €20-25k to spend, looking for a 151 model. I have read mixed advice about whether to go hybrid, or to stick with diesel for the size of automobile and amount of mileage I will be doing. Your advice and thoughts are much appreciated.

Many thanks, Emma

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Emma Tong (Skerries) - Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:20

Should I worry about a 171 diesel BMW?


I need some help with a decision please. I’m thinking of buying a 2.0-litre sDrive BMW X5. Probably a 171 model. I know there’s a new model coming very soon, but I don’t mind about that. I’m a little worried about the N47 engine that I think this automobile has. Should I be worried and is there anything else I should worry about?


Filed under reliability - Asked by Joan O Connor (Cork) - Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:58

Original value of 2009 Discovery?


I am trying to find the original market value of a 2009 Land Rover Discovery 3 Commercial. Can you assist please


Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Gearoid Flannery (Cork) - Fri, 11 May 2018 14:01

Is an AA-approved automobile safer to buy?

I'm thinking of buying a used automobile in the UK that is AA approved and AA inspected. Does this mean the automobile is a safer buy?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Jonathan Dunne (Dublin) - Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:23