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Kia Optima or Volkswagen Passat?

Considering buying a 2016 Kia Optima, but am sceptical of its resale value or trade in value. Other options being considered are a 2015/16 Passat, which will be more expensive now, but would it be better in the long run from a trade in value perspective in the future?

Filed under resale value - Asked by Daithi Glynn (Limerick) - Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:25

Worth using fuel additives in my Skoda?


I have a 1.6 TDI Greenline 2012 Skoda Superb with 70k km up. An injector recently had to be replaced. I don't know why, possibly because the automobile is unused for a few months each year. Is there any benefit in using a fuel additive to prevent further damage and, if so, which?

I also have a 2.0-litre petrol turbocharged Mercedes-Benz C-Class (245hp) of much more recent vintage. Is there a benefit of using a fuel additive from early in a automobile's life? Is there any evidence that these products. work?

Many thanks,


Filed under aftermarket - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sun, 06 Aug 2017 22:04

How much to tax an imported MINI?

If I bring a 2004 MINI home, how much will road tax be for its 1.6-litre petrol engine?

Filed under taxation - Asked by John O Sullivan (Tralee) - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:37

What are the Irish motor tax bands?

What are the Irish motor tax bands for new automobiles in Ireland?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Johnson Thoppilan (Angamaly) - Wed, 09 Aug 2017 03:42

How do I calculate VRT on a Countryman?

I'm looking at importing a MINI Countryman from the UK, but the revenue site doesnt even have that version under MINI, never mind the model. I'm asking if you know of a point of to get an approximation from before importing as I don't want to arrive at an NCT centre and get told that I owe something crazy.


Pat, Slane

Filed under VRT - Asked by Pat Ryan - Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:49

How is the 2014 Ford Fiesta auto?

How is the 2014 Ford Fiesta Zetec automatic and what's it worth?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kate Mackey (Tralee) - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:14

When to order a new automobile for 2018?

Going to order a new automobile for delivery in 2018. When will garages start taking order for the New Year? I have no trade in either, so should I push for a discount because of this?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by David McDonald (Meath) - Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:24

Does the automatic MINI have no stop-start?

My 2013 MINI Ccooper S Clubman does not have auto engine stop; is this because it is automatic or was it an option when new?

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Alan Seary (ABERDEEN) - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:36

Looking for a practical compact estate...


I'm looking for a small estate the back seats of which fold completely flat. Which models, to your knowledge, best fit this requirement?

Thanks, Tom Nelson

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Tom Nelson (Maynooth) - Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:33

When to change my Mondeo's timing belt?

When do I change the timing belt on my 2014 Ford Mondeo 2.2 TDCi diesel?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Peter Johnson (Cheshire) - Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:29