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When in the month can I tax my automobile?

My tax renewal is the 25th of this month; can I tax it tomorrow and will the 25th be on it or will I have to wait?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Rosarie Vaughan (Mallow) - Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:59

Can I retrofit a better wheel to my VW Golf?


I have a quick question: does any company in Dublin do retrofiting of steering wheels on Volkswagen Golfs? I have a standard wheel on my automobile but I want to put a multifunction one on.


Filed under aftermarket - Asked by Mateo Starcevic (Dublin) - Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:10

Should I buy a new electric automobile now?


I am holding my breath before taking the EV plunge. The choice so far is between the Nissan Leaf e plus, the Kia e-Niro 64kW and the Hyundai Kona Electric. I know two of these will be 192-reg, but so far I have taken a test drive in the Kona and the current Leaf. Sorry to report that the Kona got the thumbs down on a few fronts.

Sadly the nit pickers have decided that they can throw the scraps to "poor Paddy". Smaller touch screen, standard cruise control and no spare. No height adjustment for front passenger seat. Just compare the UK offerings. Also quite a lot of road noise. To add insult the dealer padded his price to a ridiculous €40,000 after all rebates.

The test in the Leaf, albeit not the desired version, was a pleasure. It even had a slim spare wheel slung outside under the boot. Your review of the e-Niro doesn't mention the spare wheel, which is essential outside the cities. And as some drivers will want to automobilery one and the tools to fit it a lot of that space will be gone.

The Kona actually has a well under the boot floor, which houses the charging cable. How ridiculous is that! Imagine a young family going on an overnight trip. Pull everything out to find the cable... So finally, the question: should I go for the Leaf when it arrives or wait for the 2020 Volkswagen I.D.?


Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by Peter Browne (Cavan) - Tue, 05 Feb 2019 21:45

Volvo XC40, Skoda Kodiaq or Toyota RAV4?


Looking to get a new family-size SUV for a couple and a kid, will be doing 15,000km a year. Have narrowed down to Volvo XC40, Skoda Kodiaq or Toyota RAV4. Key things to consider in order of importance - safety, resale value and comfort.

Thanks in advance and appreciate such a great site for Irish automobile buyers!

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Shubham Agarwal (Greystones) - Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:54

Belt or chain on diesel Avensis?

Hi there,

I have a 2010 Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre D-4D. Does this have a timing belt or a chain?


Filed under servicing - Asked by Therese Conway (Galway ) - Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:52

Timing marks on a 2006 Opel Astra?

Can someone help me with the timing marks on a 2006 Opel Astra H GTC 1.9?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Annelize Davis (Cape Town) - Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:07

Do I need to change my Mondeo's timing belt?


I have a 2010 Mondeo 2.0, with 65,000 miles on the clock. Should I change the timing belt now or can it wait?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Mrak Kane (Aberdeen) - Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:45

Belt or chain on the Ford S-Max Titanium?

Does the Ford S-max Titanium have a timing chain or belt?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Tunde Falade - Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:50

Timing belt on a Ford S-Max?

Does the Titanium or Zetec Ford S-Max have a timing belt?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Peter O'brian - Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:53

New Skoda Kodiaq or Peugeot 5008?

I do 35-40k kilometres per year over motorway and hilly back roads. Considering new 2.0-litre Skoda Kodiaq diesel Ambition or 1.5 Peugeot 5008 diesel each ofure. Peugeot has a higher spec including rear view camera and three full seats in second row (no tunnel). Would it have the power and comfort to tackle the high mileage? Other SUV suggestions welcome.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Gay Fannon (Cavan) - Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:54



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