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What seven-seater for our new arrival?

We need to get a seven-seater when our fourth child arrives soon, so we're looking at a SEAT Alhambra, VW Sharan or Ford Galaxy.

We have a 2003 Focus Ghia saloon plus a budget of around €10,000 to add to it. Do you have any other similarly-sized car suggestions that we've missed and is it a concern if a second-hand car that is five or six years old has three or more owners if the mileage is less than 60,000?





Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Tonya Kirwan (Wicklow) - Tue, 18 May 2010 12:43

Should I buy from an online UK dealer?

Hi Paddy. Thanks for that reply.

I have been looking at a car at an online dealers, based in the UK. There is a diesel 1.9-litre Golf, which sounds okay value there.

They want €495 deposit. In 10 days the car is available for inspection, I gather if I'm not happy I lose my deposit.

He says I couldn't be unhappy, as the car is immaculate! It is bought straight from VW, one owner, 10,000 miles, 2008 diesel with one year warranty left. There is a 2008 model with lower spec available from a local garage with 34,000 on the clock and €2,000 cheaper.

Which would you recommend? 


Filed under importing - Asked by Angela Osullivan (Wicklow) - Tue, 18 May 2010 12:45

How do I get better fuel economy?

Hi there,

I bought the new Opel Astra in January, a diesel 1.7L CDTi with 110hp. The car is well run-in at this stage with over 4,000km on the clock. I am only getting about 42mpg; the tank holds 56 litres and I am lucky to get 800km from this. The dealer has told me that it should be closer to 55mpg. I have a provisional appointment made with the dealer for him to do an emissions check on the car. Can you think of what might be causing the poor mileage considering I am not a hard driver and do obey the speed limit?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Carl Cody (Kilkenny) - Tue, 18 May 2010 14:17

Right price for my Octavia?

I am trading a Skoda Octavia 1.6-litre 2006 auto with low miles (40,000km) against a new Skoda Superb Elegance auto, with an allowance of €10,500 being given. Could I do better?


Filed under used car values - Asked by Chris Rogers (Dublin 15) - Tue, 18 May 2010 18:05

What car suits being a taxi?

Can you suggest a car to be used as a taxi In Dublin?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Robert Murphy (Dublin) - Tue, 18 May 2010 19:50

Trading in my old Clio - what are my options?

Hi! Just a few quick questions. I have a 99 Renault Clio for the past two years and it's a great little car but starting to show its age.

I don't know a hell of a lot about scrappage so I'm hoping you might be able to help! Do all dealers offer scrappage deals? Would I get a deal on a 99 Renault and do they have a set price or would a trade in suit better?

I am hoping to get a newer car but not a brand spankin' new one so would I even get a trade in with the Clio?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Sinead O Connor (Dublin) - Tue, 18 May 2010 22:24

Trading up to a bigger family car.

Hi, I am hoping to trade up to a family car that will suit two toddlers and has a good sized boot. I am on the road a lot so need car that is very economical and safe and will last me a good while. Thinking of a 2007 or 2008 at a good price.

What do you recommend?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by T McD (Roscommon) - Wed, 19 May 2010 12:51

Which car should I buy under the scrappage scheme to be a taxi?

I want to buy a car for use as a taxi. My budget is €15,000. Can I avail of scrappage? I have a 1998 Fiat Brava.

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Robert Murphy (Dublin) - Wed, 19 May 2010 19:01

Should I buy a new car now?

I currently have a 2005 Toyota Corolla with approx 48,000 miles on the clock. It is in excellent condition. I am wondering if now is a good time to sell and purchase a new car or would I be better to keep going as I am?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Bernadette Dowling (Dublin) - Wed, 19 May 2010 20:48

Renault Fluence or Opel Astra?

Hi lads,

I looking at trading in my Opel Corsa and I was looking at the new Opel Astra, but my eye has been drawn over to the new Renault Fluence. I wonder could you help?

The Astra I was looking at is the SRi (1.7) and the TomTom version of the Fluence. Both diesel.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by David Phelan (Dublin 17) - Wed, 19 May 2010 20:52