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Which of these would be a good starter automobile?

Hi, my girlfriend who is 22 has recently got her first provisional licence and completed her mandatory 12 lessons. Any advice on a good starter automobile for her, for under €1,000 if possible? Taking into account tax and insurance costs I've been looking at Cinquecentos, Micras, Polos and the Daewoo Lanos as they're 1.0-litre or under. Any of these worth considering, orany that should definitely be avoided?


Filed under learner - Asked by Ciaran Mc Cashin (Drogheda) - Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:52

What should I do with my 2008 Ford S-MAX?

We have a 2008 Ford S-MAX Titanium diesel auto with 100,000km on it. I have been looking around for ages at alternatives. In your view would we be better to sell this automobile now while it is still relatively young or would we be better to hold on for another couple of years?

I do not want to end up in the situation where no garage will give anything for it as it is too old and I do not want to have to spend loads to maintain it now it is getting older.

By the way what would I get for it as a trade-in or private sale? It is ours from new with full service history.



Filed under family automobile - Asked by Andrew Kelly (Limerick) - Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:01

Does this Ford Focus look like a good buy?


I'm interested in buying this automobile on Automobilezone: . Do you think it's a good buy? My weekly commute is about 880km (mainly motorway) and I'd hope to pay cash. Is it worth the asking price? Do you think I could get it for much cheaper?

Thanks, Steven.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Steven Darrer (Athy) - Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:44

Would an engine check light put you off buying a automobile?

Hi, please help me! I am planning on buying a 2003 Volkswagen Polo, but it has engine check light on. What could be the reason? Is it ok to buy the automobile?

Filed under fault - Asked by Meenesh Sharma (Dublin) - Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:30

Would you prefer a automobile with low mileage over a new automobile?

Which is better in your opinion? Low miles or higher years?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Automobileoline Slevin (Dundalk) - Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:37

How good is the Volkswagen CrossPolo in windy weather?

How good is the Volkswagen CrossPolo in windy weather? I do a lot of motorway driving and like the look of this automobile but wonder how sturdy it would be on the open roads in the very windy weather we get.


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Paula Cahll (Dundalk) - Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:44

How much is the tax for a 2007 Opel Astra?

How much to tax a 2007 Opel Astra 1.9 CDTi for a year?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Mel Ward (Dublin) - Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:01

Are automobiles imported from the UK worth less?


Are automobiles that have been imported from the UK and have been VRT paid and registered here and are now for sale privately here worth less than their original Irish equivalent? If this is true what are the reasons for this?

Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Ryan (Tipperary) - Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:47

Should I look out for anything buying a Volkswagen Transporter?

I was interested in buying a Volkswagen Transporter 1.9 TDI. I was wondering if you have any suggestions regarding issues I should be aware of when buying a used commercial vehicle.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Cian Kiernan (Mullingar) - Sat, 03 Mar 2012 18:19

Is €8,800 expensive for a Toyota Corolla?

Is €8,800 dear for a 2006 diesel Toyota Corolla hatchback?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Rosie Nolan (Kilkenny) - Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:45