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Can I insure an electric Morris Minor?

I am converting a 1964 Morris Minor to electric, but can't find an insurance company to provide cover. I can get insurance if I leave the automobile with the petrol engine, but as soon as I mention conversion I get a negative response.

Can you help?

Brian Palfrey

Filed under insurance - Asked by Brian Palfrey (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:15

How much to convert Jaguar X300 to electric?


Just a query for my uncle please. How much roughly would it be to change a Jaguar X300 3.2 from petrol to electric please?



Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by Jackie Daly (Glenageary) - Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:52

Does the Hyundai Kona meet UK ULEZ?

Does the Hyundai Kona CRDi 136 DCT meet the Euro 6 emissions zone for inner London?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Anthony McNeill (London UK) - Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:52

Just moved to Ireland - need automobile insurance...


I've just moved to Ireland and I will be staying here for about two years, which means I will have to apply for an Irish driving licence. I have a clean Malaysian driving licence, which is five years old. I am 36 years old and female, and I have a automobile insured in Malaysia that has never gone through any accident claim (knock on wood). I had driven in Malaysia for one year before moving to UK between 2015-2018, and in all those years I only drove when I went home for long holidays.

I have my eyes on a second hand 2012 Ford Focus 1.6 petrol (automatic). I live in a house with two large parking spaces. How much should I expect for first insurance? Or should I just settle on a 2010 1.0 Yaris instead? If I have a budget of €1,200 for first insurance, what's the best automobile I can get?

Thanks in advance!

Filed under insurance - Asked by Zura Adnan (Cork) - Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:09

Private motor tax on a Ford Tourneo?

How much to tax a Ford Tourneo nine-seater privately?

Filed under taxation - Asked by KEVIN MCGUIRE (TULLAMORE) - Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:42

Where to get 24-hour automobile insurance?

Where can I get insurance for 24 hours on importing a automobile from UK to Ireland?

Filed under insurance - Asked by Pat Kenirons (Ballinasloe) - Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:06

Which new hybrid SUV to go for?

I am a disabled driver and use hand controls for the brake and accelerator. For the last 12 years I have driven a Honda Accord 2.0 petrol automatic. It has been a fantastic automobile and now has 260k km on the clock. I am looking for a higher vehicle, an SUV, and am looking at the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Volkswagen Tiguan (I could wait for the hybrid later in the year). I live in rural Ireland and handling on twisty roads is important and accelerating to pass slower moving automobiles on those all too few straight stretches of road. Is this a good shortlist, and if so, which would you recommend?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Robert Joyce (Clifden) - Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:39

Thoughts on the Subaru XV with CVT?


Every so often I take it into my mind to change what is by now a seven-year-old automobile. And when I do a lot of questions come to mind and hence my recent questions on long term costs of hybrids (which seem to be taking over the market) and on the Hyundai Santa Fe. The latter I wouldn't really have considered, except I was in a dealership and was very taken by it.

But on mature reflection, the cost of changing simply can't be justified. Recently I came across material on the Subaru XV 1.6, which hadn't been on my radar, but which seems on paper to have a lot going for it. But I'm rather concerned about the CVT gearbox. There's an American mechanic on YouTube who seems very experienced who argues that this technology has yet to prove its long-term reliability and that after 60k miles (sic) they can give rise to problems. Even Toyota, with its claim to excellence, has recently done a recall in the States to replace the transmission.

Secondly, also there are conflicting views on whether the engine might be described as gutless. Anyway, that's where my researches have got me and I would very much welcome your views.

Thanks in advance


Filed under reliability - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:27

Are pick-ups as comfortable as the Discovery?


Read your article about commercial vehicles with interest. Just wondering how these crew cab pick-ups would compare to the Land Rover Discovery Commercial. As a daily driver that is. Are the refinement levels of the Discovery still far beyond these?


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by David Mulvany (Navan) - Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:06

How much VRT on an imported VW T-Roc?

Hi there,

I am looking to buy a VW T Roc in the UK for £20,000. It is registered in 2019 so wouldn’t have to pay VAT in the UK or here, but wondering what I would have to pay in VRT? It is 1.6 TDI.


Filed under VRT - Asked by Richard O H (Kk) - Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:43



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