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I'm thinking of buying my first car but I don't know much about cars so I don't really know what I should be shopping for. I'm a 20-year-old student and I have about €1,000 to spend. I'm a learner driver so I'd like something small, easy to drive and cheap to run. I found a nice second hand Ford Ka and wondered whether this would be suitable for me?
Filed under learner - Asked by Susan Murphy (Blarney, Co. Cork) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:24
I have a ten-year old car and I am thinking of taking advantage of the scrappage scheme. I travel quite far, to and from work, so would require an economical car that packs a bit of punch. I have been looking at the Mazda2, Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta, which would all be around my price range. Please could you recommend which of these might be the best car for my needs?
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Alison Mackey (Blessington) - Wed, 05 May 2010 20:44
We have seen significant reductions in prices by the car companies over the last 12 months in response to the global economic crisis - do you think we have seen the last of these price reductions or do you think there is more to come?
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Paul Russell (Tullyallen) - Wed, 05 May 2010 08:13
I've seen the new Audi R8 V10 (blue) about the place. Is it likely to be a press car or are there still people forking out 1/4 million for a car these days?
Filed under supercar - Asked by Paul Kieran (Dublin) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:27
Hi. I brought my car to a mechanic recently for a service as its NCT is up soon. He told me as I've over 60,000 miles on the clock my timing belt needs to be replaced, but between labour and parts it'll cost around €400. Is this true? He doesn't seem like the world's most dishonest guy in fairness, but I don't want to have to shell out another €400 unless it's completely necessary.
Filed under servicing - Asked by Brion Lynch (Dingle) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:58
Can you tell me if the current scrappage scheme is really worth it? Surely a cash deal would have the same results?
Filed under scrappage - Asked by Peter Maher (Ennis) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:20
I've recently moved back to Ireland from Central Europe and can't believe the Irish motor trade's attitude to automatic cars. I've heard various salesmen say stuff like "they give trouble", "fuel consumption is very high" and "sure why would you want one of those?"
I had a deal almost done on a Toyota Avensis diesel until I asked for it with an automatic gearbox. 'Not available in Ireland' I was told. My questions are as follows:
What automatic diesels are available in Ireland? What would you recommend for a family of four? Can automatics be in a different tax band from their manual brothers?
Filed under automatic - Asked by Stuart Foley (Malahide) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:20
Hi guys. Any cheap fixes for my Renault Mégane? Bird poo has burnt the paint away in spots.
Filed under cleaning - Asked by Maura Smith (Limerick) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:19
Will home servicing affect my car's warranty?
Filed under warranty - Asked by Paul Hegarty (Dublin) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:17
Which is better? VW Golf or Ford Focus? I can't seem to decide. I'm not talking GTI or ST. Just a basic economy model thanks.
Filed under hatchback - Asked by Laura Thompson (Dublin) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:16