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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

When to change my Fabia's belt?

When should the drive belt on my Skoda Fabia SE TDI S-A 1.4 be replaced? It is five years old and the mileage currently is 27,677 miles.

Thanks in advance.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Jane Jones (Northampton) - Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:09

How much to tax a 1.6 Caddy privately?

How much is it to tax a 1.6 Caddy privately?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Martin Dillon (Galway) - Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:29

Could I insure an imported Jimny?


I have a question in relation to the new Suzuki Jimny. From what I gather it is not being sold in Ireland for emissions reasons. However, if you were to import one from the UK and pay VRT etc would you be able to get Irish insurance? Is it road legal and all that?


Robert, Cork

Filed under insurance - Asked by Robert Hincks (Cork) - Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:22

Can I buy a VW Transporter in 2021?

I would like to buy a Volkswagen Transporter in 2021. I do not have business or VAT numbers. I know I can insure it privately, but can I tax it privately and if so for roughly what money?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Fiona Moran (DUBLIN) - Fri, 20 Nov 2020 19:55

NOx value on this 2017 Skoda Kodiaq?


What is the NOx value for a 2017 Skoda Kodiaq with CO2 value of 151g/km? It's the 2.0-litre TDI 190 4x4 SEL seven-seater with the DSG automatic gearbox.

Filed under VRT - Asked by Luke Dunphy (Dublin) - Sun, 22 Nov 2020 21:06

Why do I pay €385 on tax for my Peugeot?

Good morning,

Just wondering why I pay €385 a year for my 2006 Peugeot diesel 1.4 that was registered in the Republic about six years ago? CO2 emissions are 120g/km. So according to your chart it should be €200.

Thanks in advance!

Regards, Kinga

Filed under taxation - Asked by Kinga Sisa (Dungarvan) - Thu, 19 Nov 2020 06:17

Safest way to jump-start a car?


In advice on how to jump start a car, you are usually advised to attach negative cable to bare metal, away from battery, of flat car. This advice is not given for the donor car. This advice is stated to be because "hydrogen gas can build up above the battery itself, which could be explosive." But if hydrogen can build up above the battery, why are you only advised to attach to bare metal on the "flat" car? Why couldn't hydrogen gas build up above the "donor" car battery? In any event, surely once you open the bonnet, the gas, if any, would dissipate fairly rapidly?

Thanks Philip

Filed under electrics - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:33

My Ranger's fuel flap won't open...

I'm driving a 2018 Ford Ranger diesel and now the door to put fuel in will not open. 

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Catherine Malley (Achill Island,) - Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:31

Should cars have rear daytime running lights?

Should cars have rear daytime running lights? As we approach winter and darker evenings I have noticed more drivers on the road with no other lights on but their daytime running lights. Maybe they don't think about the dips because they know that the DRLs are always on!

What do you think?

Tommy Flynn (Galway)

Filed under lighting - Asked by Tommy Flynn (Galway) - Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:33