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Older premium automobile or newer automobile with lower running costs?

Hello, which do you think is best - to buy a new automobile around €21,000 or €22,000 with low tax or five-year old Lexus IS petrol or BMW 3 Series petrol for around €14,000 - €15,000 with high tax?

In other words is it better to drive a high quality automobile that has already suffered most of its depreciation, but has high running costs over a new automobile with low tax and low running costs, but maybe higher depreciation?

 

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jerome O'Connor (Wicklow) - Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:10


Where can I get side mouldings fitted?

Hi

Are there any automobile body shops or garages in Dublin who will fit side protection moldings to a Toyota Avensis? Toyota supply the parts, but its labour is very expensive. 

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by THOMAS SHERIDAN (Dublin 7) - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:27


What will I get to replace my SEAT Ibiza?

I'm looking to spend around €20,000 on a new diesel. What's the best option? I have an 02 SEAT Ibiza, but I'm afraid it won't last much longer. Is it best to do a cash deal and scrap the automobile independently?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Mairead S (Limerick) - Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:15


Is there a automobile tracking system in Ireland?

I was wondering why is there no LOJACK system in automobiles in Ireland. I live here in the States where you would never hear of automobiles being stolen. Every automobile has a tracking device built into it. If the automobile is stolen the police are called by the automobile and within minutes the automobile is recovered. It is a great system. You pay $200 a year, which is cheap, and you never have to worry about your automobile being stolen. The police also perform sting operations placing automobiles in poor neighbourhoods and waiting to see what happens. When the automobile is broken into the police follow it and arrest everyone involved.

 

Filed under automobile theft - Asked by NESSA CALLAGHAN (KNOCKLOYN DUBLIN 16) - Sun, 13 Feb 2011 02:22


Can I retro-fit parking sensors to a Renault Fluence?

Can rear parking sensors be fitted retrospectively to a 2011 Renault Fluence Royale?

 

Filed under aftermarket - Asked by SUSAN O'BRIEN (CO.CORK) - Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:52


Help me choose a commercial vehicle with extra seats.

Hi,

Can you help me choose a van with a second row of seating (for a child seat mainly) and a seperate payload area? I need a diesel vehicle that I can tax as a commerical and something that is not too ugly or uncomfortable. Budget is approximately €5-10,000.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Gerard each ofister (Dublin 20) - Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:59


Do Renault Méganes have electronic issues?

Do Renault Méganes have a reputation for electronic problems?

I'm seeing a lot of complaints online about electric window problems and dashboard displays failing and they seem pretty expensive to repair if out of warranty. Has Renault said anything about these being faults? I know there was something in the UK about the dashboard problems. Would be good to know where I stand. I had a problem previously with one window on my old Mégane, but my mechanic repaired free of charge.

Filed under reliability - Asked by Sharon Newmn - Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:46


Is there a list showing all automobiles and their tax bands?

Where can I find a list of all the models of automobiles that come under each tax band?

Filed under road tax - Asked by Shane Harney (Maynooth) - Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:05


How reliable are second-hand Saabs?

I have always loved Saabs. I am now considering buying a used 9-3 or 9-5, maybe a 2007 model or thereabouts. I have heard that some models more than others can be very expensive to maintain, as major things go wrong with them, like the Turbo, etc... Is this true? Is there one model more than another I should look for?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Trish Gallagher (Wexford) - Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:39


How do I know if my automobile is due an NCT?

I have a 2007 Opel Corsa. I know I need to get the NCT done this year, but I don't know when it is due or anything.  Friends of mine are saying that they write out to you and let you know; others are saying that you need to ring up. My question is, does the NCT company write to customers who are due an NCT?  

Filed under NCT - Asked by David Phelan (Dublin 17) - Sun, 20 Feb 2011 19:48






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