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Why do UK dealers offer larger discounts than Irish ones?

I was looking at some UK owner forums while researching new automobiles and was struck by the level of discount people seen to achieve. Figures of 15% and 17% seemed very achievable with large "dealer contributions" being mentioned, even on high-spec BMWs and Mercedes. I have never been able to get anything close to this in Ireland. Am I a poor negotiator or do Irish dealers not have the margin to do this? What discount levels are possible in your experience?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Andrew Kelly (Limerick) - Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:10

When should I change my Audi's timing belt?

When does a 2009 Audi A4 2.0 TDI need its timing belt changed?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Keith Byrne (Dublin 18) - Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:34

How much should I get if I trade in a 2010 Ford Focus?

How much should I get if I trade in a 2010 Ford Focus, 1.6-litre diesel with 69,000km on the clock?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Laura Westlake (Wexford) - Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:52

Will the 2014 Ford S-Max have smaller engines?

Will the Ford S-Max have a 1.6 engine in 2014? I now have a 2012 model,  but it's a 2.0-litre and find it a little hard to run.


Filed under future automobiles - Asked by Amanda Cash (Portarlington) - Sun, 03 Nov 2013 22:47

Should I get my automobile checked by a garage before its NCT?

Are you meant to bring your automobile to a garage before your NCT to see if there's anything wrong with it or do you bring it for the NCT and then fix what needs to be fixed and resit the NCT?

Say if you brought it to the garage before would they check it for everything the way they would in the NCT or would they just check for what are the most popular reasons for failure? Because if that's the case wouldn't you be better to get the NCT first to see what's wrong if they do a more detail inspection?

Filed under NCT - Asked by Niamh Dolan (Sligo) - Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:25

Why is my BMW X3's clutch making a noise?

My BMW X3 makes a clutch noise when pressing the pedal slightly. What could be wrong?

Filed under - Asked by Ireneo Trocio (Morden) - Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:04

Do I need a new part to fix my Skoda electrics?

Hi, the control unit / window motor in my 2002 Skoda Octavia 1.6 petrol seems to be dead. It's affecting the central locking and mirror adjustment etc. It's a minefield getting a seconhand replacement unit as it has to come from an identical automobile: ie has to have rear electric windows, no sunroof, electric mirrors etc. Am I better off just biting the bulletand stumping up for a new part from Skoda?

Thanks, Alan

Filed under electrics - Asked by Alan Brodie (Dublin) - Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:20

What's wrong with my Saab 9-3?

My Saab 9-3 stops running when I lift my foot off the accelerator. What could be wrong?

Filed under fault - Asked by Richard Daly (Cork) - Wed, 30 Oct 2013 02:16

Is €400 reasonable to do a clutch in a Golf?

Hi, can you please advise if €400 to replace the clutch plates and associated labour of a 1.4 2006 Volkswagen Golf seems reasonable?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Brendan Cullen (Dublin) - Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:17

What can I do about my dead Suzuki ECU?

Hi, I have a 2008 Suzuki SX4 1.6 DDiS. It would not start recently so I towed it to the garage. Eventually I have been told that the ECU is dead and needs a new one, which must be done in a Suzuki garage. I am waiting on a final price but have been told they are expensive. Is it worth trying to source a second hand or reconditioned one if they exist?

Filed under electrics - Asked by Sean Moylan (Galway) - Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:43



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