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I have €4,000 to buy my first car...


I'm a student from Dublin looking to buy my first car. Budget is small, around €4,000. Obviously a small engine will be cheaper insurance-wise and grand for driving in Dublin, but I would be driving to Ennis and back once or twice a month (500km ish). Is a 1.0-litre too small,? Should iIlook for something bigger?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Mark Boyle - Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:05

Thoughts on 2014 diesel Ford Kuga?

I’m thinking of buying a 2014 2.0-litre diesel Ford Kuga with 80,000 miles on the clock: what are the pit falls?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jim Willett (Chelmsford) - Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:52

Thoughts on this Volvo V60 deal?

Hi there,

I have a 2014 Volvo v60 R-Design D3 with 124,555 miles on the clock and I've seen an ex-demo Volvo V60 R-Design D3. I got talking to the sales man and here is what he emailed me:

"Hi Pauric,

As promised, see below figures for demo model V60 R-Design. This car is €7k less compared to new so a very good saving and no mileage on the car. Retail price €46,500. Trade Nov 2020 €12,250.  Cost before settlement €34,250. Settlement €9,871.91, valid until 30.11.20 with €4,400 down payment."

Is this a deal if a lifetime? Or should I walk away?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Pauric Mc Ginley (Killybegs) - Sun, 22 Nov 2020 01:45

Where to find a used LR Defender?

Where will I find a used Land Rover Defender to buy?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Margaret Mooney (London) - Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:20

Thoughts on petrol Nissan X-Trail?


I am planning to buy a Nissan X-Trail, after 2014 model. What do you think about petrol 1.6? I run around 5,000km per year, not driving daily.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by NITTIN MATHEW (MAYNOOTH) - Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:48

Planning to buy a 2007 Audi A4...

Planning to buy a 2007 Audi A4 TD SE 1,968cc CVT for £3,995. Is it good value? What does 'TYS SE' stand for?

Thank you

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Moy Arguelles (Crawley) - Sat, 08 Aug 2020 16:13

Thoughts on 151 Nissan Qashqai?

I am thinking about buying a 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.2-litre petrol with 50,000km on the clock. What do you think?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by JAMES LORCCAN (SHANNON) - Sat, 18 Jul 2020 16:48

Is the 2015-2016 Peugeot 2008 ok?

I am interested in buying a 2015-2016 Peugeot 2008 petrol automatic; is this a good buy?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Mary ODonovan (Trim) - Sat, 27 Jun 2020 11:39

Toyota Avensis or Mazda CX-5?

I am driving approx 52k yearly in a 1.6-litre diesel 161 VW Passat with 125,000km on the clock. Thinking of changing to a 171 Mazda CX-5 2.2 with 62,000km or a 161 Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre with 98,000km. Which is the better option or is there another I should be looking at?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Mags Smith (CARRICK-ON-SHANNON) - Sat, 27 Jun 2020 21:17

What to buy with up to €12,000 to spend?

Looking for model recommendations for a used car. My requirements: automatic, cruise control, air conditioning, 1.6-2.0-litre, €10,000-12,000 available.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by David Murphy (Dundalk) - Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:15

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