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How do I know the year a car was actually made?

How does one know if the new car you're buying is actually new to that year? I've heard there's a possibility the car could be from a year previous, but the dealer didn't register it (thus making a 2014 car sell as a 2015 car).

Thanks for your help


Patrick Drummond

Nov 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Can you name all the car makes on sale in Ireland?

Hello, would you be able to list all the car manufacturers currently on sale in Ireland?


Mark William (Portlaoise)

Sep 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Can you give us used car sales data for 2013?

How many used cars were sold in 2013? And how many of those through dealers vs. private sale?

Mark Spring

Jul 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Does the clutch bite point vary between cars?

When testing a demo 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, low mileage, I found the clutch bite point to be high compared to my Opel Astra's. Is this normal for Volkswagen cars?

F D (Dublin)

Jul 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Should I worry about the oil in this Opel Astra?

Hi, I am about to buy a 2009 Opel Astra 1.4 five-door hatchback and I have just noticed that it has a lot of creamy stuff round the oil cap. I am buying the car from an Opel garage and they are saying this is meant to happen on newer cars as the engine is different and there is no temperature gauge in the car.

Even their engineer told me this and I also rang my local garage and they said the same. The car has only done 6,083 miles so may need breaking in as basically new... Is this right or are they just trying to sell me something dodgy? I am worried I will get a lot of problems with this as I have always been told to stay away from cars that have this problem. Please help!

Chelsea Gard (BRISTOL)

Apr 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Can we have some high res shots of the BMW i8?

Hi and thanks for your BMW i8 review. Any chance of getting HD wallpapers of the photo gallery?

Edrich Cyster (Cape Town)

Apr 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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Does 999 still work in Northern Ireland?

I regularly travel through the North. Should the need arise, how do I contact the NI emergency services from a Southern registered mobile phone?

Thanks Philip

Philip Donegan (Ballina)

Mar 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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What brand makes the quietest cars?

Hi there. What common brands of cars are the quietest inside? In this country and with modern car engines, that means mainly mitigation of and insulation from road noise, I suppose.

Regards David

David Taylor (Ennis)

Feb 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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I've got an Australian car question...

Looking at buying a standard 100 series, just wondering if the GLX third row seats will fit one and does anyone know where I can get it fitted in Victoria?

Todd Knight (Healesville )

Feb 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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How many hot Golfs did Volkswagen sell last year?

How many Golf GTIs and GTDs were sold in 2013? And with regards to the Golf R (mk 6), were there any registered at all?

S S (Meath)

Jan 2014 Filed under: miscellaneous

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