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Should I stick with BMW diesel for now?

I drive 65,000km a year, mostly to Dublin, Cork and Galway and Dublin Airport. I have owned four 520d M Sports and on average get 40mpg. I am changing again and very interested in hybrid and considering a 530e M Sport with 26,000km on it. I change the car about every 15 months as I do high mileage and would like to go greener but running costs are my main concern. Currently I get the VAT back on diesel as I am VAT registered. I'm conscious that we will eventually have to go this way and wondering should I make that move now. What do you think?

Howard Simpson (Ballymoe)

Dec 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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When is the updated Kia Picanto here?

When is the updated Kia Picanto going on sale in Ireland?

Colum Madden (Galway)

Dec 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Toyota RAV4 or Hyundai Tucson hybrid?

Should I buy the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid?

Aisling Roche (Cork)

Nov 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Should I upgrade my 2021 Tiguan?

Hi,

I am planning on buying a Volkswagen Tiguan Elegance 1.5 petrol in the New Year; as it comes with 19-inch wheels and I like my comfort should I get Adaptive Chassis Control as an extra?

Thanks

James Duffy (Dunleer Co Louth)

Nov 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Looking for a spacious family car...

Looking for recommendations for a family car for a two-year old and a newborn. Petrol, good legroom and boot size, affordable and doesn't feel 'huge' to drive or difficult to park. Already checked out Skoda Octavia and Nissan Qashqai so any advice on these? We weren't looking to buy a brand new car but they both seem to have good scrappage deals...

Orla Greaney (Dublin)

Mar 2019 Filed under: choosing new car

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Disabled driver that wants to trade up in Feb...

I am on the Disabled Drivers Scheme and want to trade up next Feb '21. I currently drive a Mercedes A-Class hatchback that has been valued at €22,500. I would like to change to something a bit more robust as most of my driving is on country roads. I carry backseat passengers very occasionally and would like a decent sized boot. Automatic gearbox and reversing camera are neccessary. Also something stylish. I have €4,500 to spend with my current car and the DDS allowance. Don't mind petrol or diesel.

Thank you,

Grainne D, Cork

Grainne Dennehy (Rosscarbery)

Oct 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Any more Ford Mondeos coming?

I've been a Mondeo driver forever. All good, no problems. 

Do you know if the Mondeo will stay on sale in the Irish market? Dealers are coy about disclosing the full facts. 

If I cannot have a lovely new Mondeo, what do you recommend? I like diesel and the Mondeo size suits me. Give me a few suggestions, please. My mortgage is now paid so I could go up a grade as a special treat...

Fergal Reidy (Celbridge County Kildare)

Oct 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Cost of a new Mazda MX-5?

What would be the total cost of a new Mazda MX-5 GT and will there be any for sale here in Ireland before the end of the year?

The Mazda dealers and Mazda Ireland are not very upfront with this information. You would think that they would be hungry for sales and especially on a model that is the flagship of the brand.

Anthony Byrne (Cork)

Oct 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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Should I buy an Opel Corsa-e before 2021?

I was going to switch to an EV in the New Year. Should I now bring this forward? Was looking at an Opel Corsa-e. I get that the VRT will reduce from 14% to 7%, but this will be outweighed by the loss of the €5,000 VRT rebate? And what of the €5,000 SEAI grant? Will that still be in the equation in the New Year?

Many thanks for your guidance.

Paul, Galway

Paul Greenstreet (Clifden)

Oct 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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How much to buy and tax a new Audi A6?

What will a new Audi A6 cost and how much to tax come 2021?

Terry Fitzpatrick (Carlow)

Oct 2020 Filed under: choosing new car

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