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Are 2018 tyres still ok as new?

Hi there,

Purchased “new” tyres only to discover that they were actually manufactured in 2018 and have been told that this is perfectly legal. I wonder how many people realise this. Find this rather troubling to think that a product can sit for two years if not more and still be described as new when it has been stored for a period of time.

Surely there is deterioration in the product as a result of the passage of time?

Filed under tyres - Asked by Sarah Murray (Drogheda) - Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:25

VRT for 211 BMW X3 xDrive20d?

What is the VRT rate for a 211 BMW X3 xLine xDrive20d? Let's say if I put in a factory order now and the car arrives in the middle of January, will I be charged under the new VRT rate?

Filed under VRT - Asked by John Z (Dublin) - Thu, 15 Oct 2020 08:03

What's the tax for a car with 109g/km in 2021?

A car with 109g/km of CO2 emissions: what is that on the new system?


Dermot from Cork

Filed under taxation - Asked by Dermot Hedigan (Cork) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:23

Is a car's battery charged by the engine?

Can you tell me, if the battery is low on a journey can it be charged by the engine?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Jim Mctiernan (Sligo) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 19:46

Formula for 'uplifting' CO2 to WLTP levels?

What is the formula for calculating the CO2 emissions uplifted to WLTP levels?



Filed under taxation - Asked by John Mulcahy (Dublin) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:10

How much will road tax be on a 181 Micra?

181 Nissan Micra 898cc: how much will road tax be?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Dympna McGurrinSmith (Sligo) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:30

Can you give us 2021 pricing on these EVs?


Curious to know what the difference will be on BEV pricing under the new VRT rules compared with current pricing (which has €5,000 VRT rebate). Would be interesting to see old vs new pricing on a few e.g. Mazda MX-30, Peugeot e-208, Honda e, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3.

Thanks, Kieran Donnelly

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Kieran Donnelly (Cork) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:41

Can I pay a portion of the VRT?

Hi there,

In July I imported a 2019-reg car and was exempt paying VRT on it due to transferring residence back to Ireland. If I sell the car within one year I must pay the VRT - is the VRT due calculated on a set 12 months or whatever period less 12 months (i.e. so in November say nine months VRT)?


Filed under VRT - Asked by Joe Freeley (Mayo) - Tue, 13 Oct 2020 22:18

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

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Paul Greenstreet (Clifden) - Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:40

How much to buy and tax a new Audi A6?

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

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Terry Fitzpatrick (Carlow) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:51