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VRT on importing an Infiniti Q70?

Hi there,

What is the VRT on an Infiniti Q70 3.5-litre hybrid? The tax office tell me to bring it in and they will then tell me how much it will be. But if the VRT is too high I will have to bring it out of the country and most likely lose money on it. So can you help?



Filed under importing - Asked by Eamonn Munnelly (Mullingar) - Fri, 03 Jun 2022 11:41

Should I go electric or hybrid with a new BMW SUV?

I own a 2017 Audi Q7 S line. I like the car a lot and the specs are high but I feel like I need to move up a few years within the next 10/12 months. I drive approx. 25,000km per year, 75 per cent of that is made up of short journeys of about 10 miles per journey and the remainder is longer motorway driving. I do not want to buy diesel again and think a BMW X5 xDrive45e may suit my needs, or maybe a BMW iX. I am considering a new car purchase.

In your opinion, which option would suit my needs better?

Thank you

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by David Scully (Cork) - Fri, 06 May 2022 23:42

Issues with stop-start!

What's happening with stop-start? On my current and previous brand-new cars - Ford Focus and now a VW Golf - the start-stop system stopped working after about three weeks. On the Focus it worked for about another two weeks with a battery charge.

Eventually we paid for a new battery at the garage's suggestion. It wasn't covered by warranty according to Ford head office whom we had it out with. That also worked only for a few weeks. I drove it without for nearly all of the two years I had it.

Same is happening now with the Golf after three weeks. It should work. It's part of the car specs and it's good with my DSG gearbox. Have I the right to insist this be fixed or am I nitpicking? The car is four weeks old.

I'm also getting conflicting information on whether to put the car in neutral or drive on short stops at lights etc. when start-stop isn't working.

This is doing my head in and I'd really appreciate your help.


Filed under fault - Asked by Teresa O'Donnell (Ennis) - Thu, 21 Apr 2022 20:15

Can a Mercedes GLC 300 de tow?


Can you please advise if a tow bar can be fitted to a 2020 Mercedes GLC 300 de plug-in hybrid? I am getting conflicting information from various tow bar supplier/installers.


Filed under towing - Asked by Mark Toman (Cahir) - Tue, 12 Apr 2022 14:46

Thoughts on Japanese imports?

Hi all,

I’m currently in the market for a used car and it’s my understanding that the Irish market is being flooded by cars imported from Japan as it’s cheaper to import from there than the UK. By that I mean ‘Grey’ imports so Japanese versions of BMW, Audi etc.

Would you recommend buying one or steer well clear? Even though they have low mileage I’m concerned over spare parts and unexpected anomalies due to the cars being specced for the Japanese market. What are your thoughts please?

Filed under importing - Asked by Martin Smith (Dublin) - Thu, 31 Mar 2022 19:15

Lexus RX vs Toyota RAV4?

Hi folks.

Reading your review of the NX 450h, I'm wondering how it compares to the RAV4 PHEV? The NX is marginally, possibly insignificantly bigger and substantially dearer but they both have (as far as I can see) similar powerplants. Both with Toyota's reliability. Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing how you would compare them.

Thank you


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Wed, 30 Mar 2022 08:14

Costs to import a BMW 420d from England?

I want to buy a BMW 420d M Sport Coupe in from England, the list price is £12K, but can you tell me the total with customs, VAT, VRT, NOx and god knows what else?

Filed under importing - Asked by Keif Wynne (Loughrea) - Sun, 30 Jan 2022 13:51

What do I do with a commercial Discovery?

I'm getting a Land Rover Discovery 4 very soon and it's registered as a commercial vehicle. I don't have the usual things to prove I'm using it as a work vehicle. What can I do or if not how do I go about declaring it private?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Charlie O Donnell (Athy) - Sun, 27 Feb 2022 07:38

Timing belt or chain in a 2006 Peugeot 407?

Does my Peugeot 407 HDI executive from 2006 have a timing belt or a chain?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Sergiu Lungeanu (Belfast) - Sat, 19 Mar 2022 09:19

Can I switch to electric for €450 a month?


What are the costs of running an EV per 100km? I'm thinking of buying the new Hyundai Kona or Ioniq 5. I spend an average of €450 per month and maybe I can replace this costs with monthly payment on a new car. Also what would be the costs of buying and installing a charging station at home. Kind regards Nelson

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Nelson Lopes (Ballinasloe) - Sun, 20 Mar 2022 18:34