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Is an Almera loan car acceptable for delayed Qashqai order?


I ordered a Nissan Qashqai in December 2010 and was given a delivery date of early February. This was changed to mid/late March last week and the dealer offered a 2007 Almera until the Qashqai is ready. Is this a reasonable offer? Does it go on my insurance policy?

Filed under new car ordering - Asked by ERIC LEAHY (CORK) - Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:25

Is a second-hand Audi A4 a good buy?

Hi, I've been looking at upgrading my car and have been looking at Audi A4 around 2005/2006. They are all quite high mileage but is this something I need to be concerned about? I have been looking at this one, which seems a good deal and has 79,000 miles on the clock - what do you think? I do roughly 5-7,000 miles per year so not too worried about fuel costs. Is there anything else I should watch out for or take into account?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Ciaran Reid (Mulhuddart) - Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:35

Ford Mondeo or Ssangyong Kyron?

What car is a better buy: a 2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI 115hp Zetec estate with 89,500 miles (English import) and a tiny rust patch on roof; or a 2007 Ssangyong Kyron 2.0 XDI 141hp with 147,000 kilometres (Irish car) in good condition? I'm basically looking for a diesel with a big boot and I can get my hands on both of the above.



Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Dave Clarke (Carrigaline, Co. Cork.) - Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:56

How much for my 2010 Corolla?

How much should I expect to get for a 2010 Toyota Corolla Terra with 8,500 kilometres on the clock?

Filed under resale value - Asked by Shane Oneill (Kildare) - Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:16

Which seven-seater will I buy and what will I trade in?

I am looking for a seven seater.  Do I change my 2010 Toyota Corolla or my husband's 2005 Citroen Berlingo? I'm looking at a 2009 Opel Zafira.



Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Shane Oneill (Kildare) - Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:18

What car-based van will I buy?

I currently drive a 2005 Toyota Avensis saloon - 1.6-litre petrol. I travel up to 450 miles every week to work so I'm looking at getting a diesel car, maybe a VW Golf van, Peugeot van or Skoda Octavia. Don't really know to be honest.

I don't mind a van as my girlfriend has a Ford Focus that I could use whenever needed. Any advice is greatly appreciated.


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Ronan O Connor - Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:16

Car was last insured in 2009? Does it qualify for scrappage?

I have an old car with an NCT 1/11 and it was last insured on 09/2009.  The car never got sold and was not used for 17 months. Is the car still eligible for the scrappage scheme?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Ado Bugu (Letterknny) - Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:46

How are registrations allocated to dealers?

Hello Paddy, How are registrations allocated to dealers especially in early January?

Are they issued individually or in blocks? 

Filed under registration - Asked by Jerome O'Connor (Wicklow) - Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:47

I need a good car for commuting in England. Can you help?

I'm moving to England and will have a 100-mile round-trip commute each day. I currently drive a 2006 Ford Mondeo Platinum 1.8-litre petrol, but will be selling that. What would be the best diesel car to buy with a budget of around £3,000 sterling?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jonathan Kelly - Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:37

Opel Insignia or Skoda Superb diesel estate?


We are changing our car under the scrappage scheme. We were looking at diesel estates such as the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Skoda Superb Combi. The Superb Combi is well priced but it has a 1.6 TDI engine, which I think maybe too small for the car. The Opel is more expensive and you lose space and it is not as well specced. Or should I look at something else?


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Des Wynne (Dundalk) - Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:01