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Can extension lead be used to charge a hybrid?

Hi,

Is it true that you can't recharge a plug-in hybrid using an extension lead? I read that somewhere, but surely if they can be charged from a domestic three-pin socket, why can't an extension lead be used for longer distances?

Thanking you

Philip

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Thu, 28 Oct 2021 12:28


Reliability of the 2018 Audi Q7 e-tron?

Hi,

Just wondering if you have any advice on what to watch out for when buying a 2018-regstered Audi Q7 e-tron (diesel plug in-hybrid)? The motivation for buying it was an SUV with three ISOFIX points on the back seat while leaving a decent boot for buggies and scooters. Other seven seaters left too small a boot.

Filed under reliability - Asked by David Mulvany (Kells) - Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:26


Which front-wheel-drive electric SUV for us?

Thinking of making the move to an electric car for our main family vehicle, but quite hilly where we live and concerned about rear-wheel drive only in some of the options, and all-wheel-drive electric cars are very expensive at the moment. Thinking of an SUV or crossover - what would be the recommended front-wheel-drive make/model in this scenario?

Willing to put on winter tyres etc.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by John Paul (Letterkenny) - Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:55


How is depreciation worked out?

How is depreciation worked out for cars and who decided on a percentage figure?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Fri, 01 Oct 2021 20:26


Which 2018 car for commuting?

Hi guys,

I'm currently driving a 2014 Mercedes C-Class. I'm looking to upgrade to something 2018 up and maybe move up a class. I'm open to any make/model. I have a big enough commute: 150km a day four days a week. I live in Northern Ireland so I am lucky I get it slightly cheaper.

What would you recommend?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Brian McElroy (Northern Ireland) - Tue, 17 Aug 2021 12:38


Can I tax a commercial as a private SUV?

Hi

I'm hoping you can help me with something. I recently found your crew cab and commercial article and found it very interesting. I'm currently in an odd position. I'm looking for a crew cab SUV that would be used for work and domestic but I am not a registered business. So the crew cab would need to be reverted back to the original (much higher) tax bracket. I've heard that a PPS number can be used as a tax number and that would be the main hurdle handled. I was wondering if you or your readers have any experience doing this?

The last thing I want is buying an SUV only to find out I can't tax it.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Tom

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Tom - Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:47


Will this imported car attract VAT and duty?

Hi,

I would like to buy car from Northern Ireland that was brought from UK mainland two months ago and registered by an independent dealer. Car still has UK reg. Do the VAT of 23 per cent and customs duty still apply to me?

Filed under importing - Asked by Vlad Dvadvavosem (Dublin) - Sat, 21 Aug 2021 19:57


Cost to replace a Kia Picanto head gasket?

Just wondering if you would know how much would it cost to replace the head gasket on a 2008 Kia Picanto automatic?

Filed under repair - Asked by Stuart O Neill (Gorey) - Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:33


I can't fully insure my Tesla with Aviva!

Hello,

I’ve bought a Tesla Model 3 LR/AWD (not the Performance model). I’m taking delivery on 29 September. I’ve been driving for 40 years, insured (full comp.) with Aviva since 2010 and never had a claim. Today Aviva tells me it will only offer third party cover on a Tesla. I’ve pressed them on this - no budge. Are you familiar with EVs being harder to insure?

Thanks

Ray Hennessy

Filed under insurance - Asked by Ray Hennessy (Ennis) - Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:40


Is there a new Ford Mondeo coming?

Is there a new Ford Mondeo coming real soon? Why is Ford being so coy about it? Any idea of prices and showroom date?

Filed under future cars - Asked by Fergal Reidy (Celbridge County Kildare) - Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:51