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Why are automobiles a rip-off in Ireland?

My question is: why are automobiles in Ireland a rip-off compared to the rest of the world? I live in the USA and just bought a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe top-of-the-line model with leather, navigation, Onstar system and many more items for just $21,000.

Hyundai changes a few things on each of its models every year. The Santa Fe in Ireland has been the same since the model was realesed in 2007. Why are the specs so bad in Irish automobiles? And why are the people putting up with it? Who makes the decision to sell automobiles like that in Ireland?

The automobiles in the UK are much better spec wise. If you look at people automobileriers, the options in Ireland are so small and silly. Take a look at the new 2011 Toyota Sienna. It is a very nice automobile. Why can Irish people not get these kinds of automobiles?

Thanks, Raymond

Filed under taxation - Asked by RAYMOND FINUCANE (USA) - Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:21

Which small automobile will have the best resale value?


We're looking at changing my wife's automobile for something smaller as our daughter is learning to drive. The automobile is a 2002 Volvo S60 (2.0T petrol, tax €600) and from talking to dealers will be hard to sell privately or get over €2k trade-in.

We were thinking of going for a Skoda Combi (1.2T petrol, €105 tax), but are concerned with resale value. Other smaller automobiles (e.g. Ford Fiesta, VW Polo) are more expensive, offer less kit and space, but might have better resale values in five years. Any thoughts of suggestions on what to do, or go for?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Pat Rowan (Dublin) - Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:50

Should I buy new or second-hand with up to €30k?

I'm thinking of trading in my automobile for scrappage at the moment before some of the deals end and I am thinking of spending €25k - €30k.

I have been looking at the Renault Laguna and Opel Insignia for the scrappage instead of a second-hand automobile. I am looking for something with a decent boot and a bit of poke in it as I'm upgrading from a Corsa!

After thinking about it for a while I then thought about maybe going for a second-hand automobile for resale value and depreciation of a new automobile especially since it's coming close to the end of the year and it'll be a year old in a few months.

On the second-hand range I was considering maybe a BMW 5 Series, Audi A4 or A6 or something similiar in that range. Any suggestions or ideas on what to do or look for in a automobile to maximise the purchase and keep resale value? I am open to suggestions on other makes and models I may have skipped over. Thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Alan Crookes (Portmarnock) - Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:32

I need a mid-sized family automobile for about 10,000km a year

Hi there,

I need to buy a mid-sized family automobile that has to do me for about five years. Both my wife and I cycle to work so it would be in the driveway most of the time though I'd say we still clock up about 10,000 km a year.

My budget is between €9,000 and €10,000 and I was hoping to buy a 2007 automobile. I had been looking at the Ford Focus diesel estate as it is economical, roomy and decent to drive, but any out there in my price range tend to have a lot of miles on the clock.

I'm now looking at petrol Jettas, which are nice automobiles but the fuel economy concerns me as I know petrol automobiles are falling out of favour. Any advice?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Mark Jordan (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:22

When is the new Honda Civic on sale?

I have owned Honda Civics for the last 19 years and at present I am on my second 1.8 saloon.

I am considering buying a new automobile in the new year (2011), but I am wary as the present model was introduced in January 2006. Do you know when this automobile is due for a revamp?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Noel Clarke (Drogheda) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 16:04

My brakes are squeaking; what is it?

There is a squeaking noise every time I apply the brakes. The pads don't need to be replaced; what could be causing this noise?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Liam Automobileey (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:02

Mondeo or Avensis for taxi?

Hi Guys,

I need advice on which automobile of two to buy: 2006 Mondeo 1.8 petrol or a 2006 Avensis 1.6 petrol. It's to be used as a taxi, but that the Avensis is €2,000 dearer to buy. Which automobile would you opt for and why? Just need help deciding, thanks.


Filed under taxi - Asked by David Lee (Gormanston) - Sat, 07 Aug 2010 19:15

How much VRT on importing UK Mercedes E-Class?

How much VRT would I expect to pay on a new Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI diesel valued £28,800 sterling with emissions of 154g/km?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Eamonn Gorman (Mullingar) - Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:55

Why is the gear change so jerky on the Auris MMT?

Why is the gear change so jerky on the Toyota Auris MMT in the e-mode?

Filed under automatic - Asked by Stephen Fahey (Lemybrien) - Mon, 02 Aug 2010 20:30

One of my wheels has seized. What do I do?

My automobile has been left idle for a weeks in my garden (on a slope). I went to take it out the other day and it wouldn't move. Reverse gear will engage but the rear passenger side wheel won't budge. Any idea what could be wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Emma Synnott (Dublin) - Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:14