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NCT test for privately taxed van?

If I tax a van privately, which test applies, NCT or commercial vehicle test?

Martin from Carlow

Filed under NCT - Asked by Martin Smith (Carlow) - Mon, 14 Dec 2020 21:36

What's up with my Honda hybrid?

Hi there,

I own a 2012 imported Honda Fit Hybrid. On extended journeys, or if the air conditioning is on for an extended period, the IMA light comes on. It always turns off after the car is turned off and on again and doesn't impact on the car's performance. I bought a cheap Bluetooth scanner but it cannot detect any engine codes. I had a new battery put in but the light still comes on on occasion. Any ideas?

Filed under fault - Asked by John M (Dublin) - Sun, 13 Dec 2020 16:06

Will my BMW 220i's tax change in 2021?


I'm considering buying a car in the UK. It is a BMW 220i and has a 1,998cc engine. I would hope to have it registered in Ireland before the end of Dec 2020. I understand that the motor tax on higher-emitting engines is going to change from 2021, but is it likely that the tax on this car would be increased greatly?

Thank you for your assistance.


Filed under taxation - Asked by Mary Newe (Dublin) - Thu, 10 Dec 2020 16:11

Should I stick with BMW diesel for now?

I drive 65,000km a year, mostly to Dublin, Cork and Galway and Dublin Airport. I have owned four 520d M Sports and on average get 40mpg. I am changing again and very interested in hybrid and considering a 530e M Sport with 26,000km on it. I change the car about every 15 months as I do high mileage and would like to go greener but running costs are my main concern. Currently I get the VAT back on diesel as I am VAT registered. I'm conscious that we will eventually have to go this way and wondering should I make that move now. What do you think?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Howard Simpson (Ballymoe) - Fri, 11 Dec 2020 19:38

When is the updated Kia Picanto here?

When is the updated Kia Picanto going on sale in Ireland?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Colum Madden (Galway) - Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:54

About to buy a Nissan X-Trail van...

Hi there,

I am about to purchase a Nissan X-Trail 1.6 two-seat diesel van for private use. What will the annual motor tax be and what mpg should I expect?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Eddie HOWLEY (KILKENNY) - Wed, 09 Dec 2020 09:51

How much is the VW Grand California?

Will the Grand California ever be available in California? How much do they go for?



Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Robert Young (Sonoma) - Fri, 04 Dec 2020 04:31

Does my Audi A3 petrol have belt or chain?

Does my Audi A3 S line, petrol 16 valve, 2.0-litre quattro engine have a timing belt or chain drive?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Peter Humphreys (Fraserburgh) - Sat, 05 Dec 2020 16:55

Can I tax a Ford Connect privately?

I have just bought a Ford Connect. I am a PAYE electrician. Can I tax the van privately or commercially and have my wife as a second driver?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Seamus Ó Sullivan (Killarney) - Sat, 05 Dec 2020 12:07

VRT exempt: should I import from the UK?

I'm VRT exempt so would it be worth my while importing a nearly new car from UK?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Gerard Fleming (Cork) - Sat, 05 Dec 2020 09:12