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I'm in the market for a used car for my chauffeur business. Budget is low as with any business starting out so I've narrowed my choice down to these cars: 2007/8 Mercedes-Benz E-Class CDI 220/270/280, 2007/8 Lexus GS 450h/300, 2008 Audi A8 3.0-litre TDI or 2008/9 Jaguar XF diesel. I have a feeling that the Lexus is the most reliable, but also the most costly fuel wise and the boot is quite small for luggage too. I've been told the facelifted E-Class is very good and reliable as all issues where rectifified with the W211. I don't know too much about the Audi A8 or the Jaguar XF.
Any advice please?
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Kev Dillon (Dublin) - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:36
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 car?
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Dwayne Reck (Wexford) - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:20
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 car. Full service and history check. New NCT just done. All stamps and book with car 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 car - Asked by Paula Mangan (Meath) - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:13
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.
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Donal Dennehy (Dublin) - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:40
Looking to do a driving experience of high powered cars, 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
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 (Carrigaline,Co Cork,Ireland) - Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:51
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.
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Kay Clyne - Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:39
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 car - Asked by Sharad Maroo (Ringsted) - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:59
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 car - Asked by Amylee Curran Curran (Dublin) - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:32
Hope you're well, Have you done a '5 best estate cars in Ireland?' I did search but couldn't see anything.
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Martin Smith - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:42