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Will our broken Nissan be ok for scrappage?

Hi... our automatic gearbox has gone on our 2013 Nissan Note. Instead of spending money getting it fixed will dealers accept it for a scrappage deal against a new automobile?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Dwayne Reck (Wexford) - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:20

Looking at a 2010 Ford Focus today...

Hi, I am looking at a 2010 Ford Focus 1.6 diesel today; it's in excellent condition looking at pictures - obviously I'll know more when I see it. They are asking for €5,900 for the automobile. Full service and history check. New NCT just done. each of stamps and book with automobile for service history. Is this a good buy do you reckon? I don't intend on paying the full asking price.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Paula Mangan (Meath) - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:13

Should I go for a new Alfa Romeo Giulia?


I am contemplating buying an Alfa Romeo Giulia and was hoping to get thoughts from a local motoring journalist. Would you recommend it? I've done a fair bit of homework comparing it against the likes of a BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE and it really seems to stand up well. While the others offer lower hp engines etc, when you actually compare like for like (e.g. auto 150hp/180hp/200hp), the price difference/levels of standard spec seem worlds apart.

I'm looking at the Super Sport trim and when I spec up an equivalent M Sport, the price difference works out at around €5k.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Donal (Dublin)

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Donal Dennehy (Dublin) - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:40

Which performance driving course to do?

Looking to do a driving experience of high powered automobiles, BMW M, Audi RS or Mercedes-AMG. I have done the Mercedes-AMG experience in Surrey already, but was wondering your thoughts on either the BMW one in Mondello or the Audi one in the UK? Would travel to Europe if there was an additional one you could recommend.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Simon MacMahon (Navan) - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:57

How best to buy a automobile for my business?

I'm a self-employed Sole Trader and I am VAT registered. What is the most tax efficient manner to purchase a vehicle, primarily used for business, small element of personal use?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Richard Murray (Automobilerigaline,Co Cork,Ireland) - Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:51

Should we upgrade to a BMW 320d Touring?


We currently have a 2001 Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.4 petrol and are looking to upgrade. A potential option is a 2007 BMW 3 Series 320d SE Touring. Do you think this is a good option? We are happy to commit to the extra tax and insurance as we feel this will balance out with savings on fuel.

Would you agree? Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kay Clyne - Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:39

Is the Skoda Octavia 1.0 a good one?

Is the Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI good (in terms of fuel economy and reliability) for long drives? E.g. travelling from Copenhagen to Prague (approx 1,000km) in one day?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Sharad Maroo (Ringsted) - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:59

Thoughts on the Jeep Renegade diesel?

I am wondering about the Jeep Renegade Limited Edition model 1.6 diesel: how good on mpg and handling mainly? What out of 100 marks would you rate it compared to other SUVs of the same size?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Amylee Curran Curran (Dublin) - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:32

Five best estate automobiles in Ireland?


Hope you're well, Have you done a '5 best estate automobiles in Ireland?' I did search but couldn't see anything.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Martin Smith - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:42

I drove through a flood in my automobile. Help!

Yesterday there was a lot of rain near my area and I drove through water at about 20km/h up to my headlights. The automobile stopped as water entered the exhaust. I towed it to my place and it's more than six hours since and my automobile hasn't started yet. What should I do?

Filed under fault - Asked by Dhiren Kinkhabwala (Surat) - Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:12