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Why German plates on some Irish automobiles?

Why do some automobiles have German automobile tax on their plates as well as having Irish automobile tax disks at the same time?

Filed under registration - Asked by Brian Pope - Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:08

How to change my Captur's default screen?

I have a Renault Captur and want my media display to have the default screen in radio mode, but every time I turn my engine on, it defaults to the home screen.

Any ideas?

Filed under infotainment - Asked by Kev Neale (Leeds) - Wed, 31 Jul 2019 06:58

Which SUV for up to €23,000?

Looking for a mid-size SUV worth up to €23,000, at max two years old. Something stylish inside and out, quick and reliable. What should I go for?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Aaron Joyce (Limerick) - Sun, 14 Jul 2019 07:57

What tax for private Ford Ranger?


I am looking to purchase a 2016-present Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi manual for private use as it is a more suitable vehicle for my hobbies. I am aware that to re-register it in Ireland I have to pay the difference in VRT between the fixed commercial rate at circa 13% and the private VRT value (around 31% I believe, depending on CO2). But I am unsure of how the private tax works. Will it be €750 (171g/km with current motor tax system) or €994 (2.2-litre engine with old tax system)?

Any assistance would be much appreciated.


Filed under taxation - Asked by Raymond Gallagher (Ardee) - Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:26

Audi A3 Saloon or Mercedes CLA?


I am looking for a little advice on changing my automobile. I have a 2010 Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI and am trying to make my mind up between the Audi A3 Saloon and the Mercedes CLA. Petrol I'm thinking? And most likely new or one year old. Any advice would be really appreciated.



Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Claire Murphy - Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:31

Most economical 1.4-litre automobiles?

What is the most economical 1.4 petrol or diesel automobile in Ireland, max 2015?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Ed Burke (Cork) - Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:05

Can you export the California to the US?

Do you know or offer the service to export a left-hand-drive VW California camper to the US? I have heard via the rumourmill that it may be possible to do this if it is the camper model and classified and US titled as an ‘RV’.

Thank you,


Filed under importing - Asked by Steve Barker (Yarmouth, Maine US) - Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:37

Can I bring my wife's automobile for an NCT?

Automobile booked in for first NCT on 26 July in Cahir. Registration book in my late wife's name. Is this ok or do I need to re-register prior to NCT? If so do I need to cancel my NCT date, re-register and re-book?

Filed under NCT - Asked by Michael Ruth (Clonmel) - Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:23

How much is my 2009 Ford Focus worth?

How much is my 2009 Ford Focus 1.8 Ghia with 130,000km on the clock worth?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Declan Wrenn - Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:20

Could I afford to insure a 1.9 diesel?


I am looking to buy myself a new automobile soon enough. I am simply waiting to have a full year on my insurance. I got insured on a 1.6-litre petrol Audi A3 Sportback, as my first automobile, with Axa insurance. The quote was around €3,700. I am looking for a diesel this time and I am wondering what kind of quotes I could be expecting if I try to get insured on a 1.9 diesel this time? There aren't many 1.6 diesel automobiles around that I would like to get.


Filed under insurance - Asked by Kris M (Dublin) - Thu, 25 Jul 2019 15:56


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