On changagoidem.ie there is no such thing as a silly question. No matter how small or complicated an issue seems, we'll help. Our experts will quickly answer your queries in a friendly and jargon-free manner. What are you waiting for? Ask us Anything!
Please remember that we offer advice, not gospel. We cannot be held responsible for recalls, a second hand automobile's history, acts of God, changes in automobile pricing or Government policy. We are here to help and offer independent, impartial and free advice. What you do with it is entirely up to you!By submitting a question you are agreeing to this statement. Thank you.
In relation to a family automobile, I see you have high praise for the Qashqai+2. How would a 2009 Toyota Verso compare in terms of space, safety, price, etc? Many thanks and good luck with the site.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Brian Keane (Dublin 16) - Mon, 17 May 2010 11:51
I have a 2007 VW Passat 2007 1.6-litre petrol FSI Highline Limited Edition, fully-loaded with only 45,000km on the clock. I want to trade it for a 2009 or brand new VW Passat same spec. So how much is it worth?
Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Daniel Davidescu (Dublin 15) - Mon, 17 May 2010 13:22
I have a budget of €4,000 and I am looking for a automobile that will fit the golf clubs and a trolley. I'd like something sporty and was thinking of a BMW but that may cost too much with road tax etc. It will be my first automobile.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Edward Murphy (Dublin) - Mon, 17 May 2010 19:44
I am looking closely at buying a 2008 Mazda6, but I am not sure whether to go for diesel or petrol. The petrol is 1.8 and I am wondering how thirsty it would be. I do approx 12,000 miles per year on mainly good roads. Was looking at putting about €10,000 with my own automobile. I have a 2006 Opel Vectra with 38,000 miles on it. It is a 1.6-litre petrol.
Was also looking at a 2007 Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI, but heard a lot of mixed reports. Looking for something comfortable and reliable mainly.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Mon, 17 May 2010 20:28
I have just test driven a new Mégane Coupe. I've got the scrappage thing just want to know is this a good automobile to buy or is there some other automobile at the same price in better spec with a diesel engine?
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Den Darlington (Kildare) - Mon, 17 May 2010 21:01
I fancy a change from my Ford Mondeo, which I love. What do you reckon in a 2.0-lltre diesel: Merc, BMW, VW Touareg or Jaguar X-Type?
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Fergal Reidy (Celbridge) - Mon, 17 May 2010 23:24
I am changing my automobile. I fancy a diesel 1.3 or 1.4-litre and I have €10,000 to spend, maybe a little more. Any ideas? I am scrapping a automobile under the scheme.
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Yvonne Hogan (Dublin) - Tue, 18 May 2010 01:24
We need to get a seven-seater when our fourth child arrives soon, so we're looking at a SEAT Alhambra, VW Sharan or Ford Galaxy.
We have a 2003 Focus Ghia saloon plus a budget of around €10,000 to add to it. Do you have any other similarly-sized automobile suggestions that we've missed and is it a concern if a second-hand automobile that is five or six years old has three or more owners if the mileage is less than 60,000?
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Tonya Kirwan (Wicklow) - Tue, 18 May 2010 12:43
Hi Paddy. Thanks for that reply.
I have been looking at a automobile at an online dealers, based in the UK. There is a diesel 1.9-litre Golf, which sounds okay value there.
They want €495 deposit. In 10 days the automobile is available for inspection, I gather if I'm not happy I lose my deposit.
He says I couldn't be unhappy, as the automobile is immaculate! It is bought straight from VW, one owner, 10,000 miles, 2008 diesel with one year warranty left. There is a 2008 model with lower spec available from a local garage with 34,000 on the clock and €2,000 cheaper.
Which would you recommend?
Filed under importing - Asked by Angela Osullivan (Wicklow) - Tue, 18 May 2010 12:45
I bought the new Opel Astra in January, a diesel 1.7L CDTi with 110hp. The automobile is well run-in at this stage with over 4,000km on the clock. I am only getting about 42mpg; the tank holds 56 litres and I am lucky to get 800km from this. The dealer has told me that it should be closer to 55mpg. I have a provisional appointment made with the dealer for him to do an emissions check on the automobile. Can you think of what might be causing the poor mileage considering I am not a hard driver and do obey the speed limit?
Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Automobilel Cody (Kilkenny) - Tue, 18 May 2010 14:17