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Why is there a difference in VW Group finance rates?

Why are SEAT and Skoda able to offer finance at 4.9%, but VW only does 5.9%? All three are provided by the Volkswagen Bank, right?


Filed under finance - Asked by Paul Campbell (Irishtown) - Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:16

How much should changing the crank sensor cost?

I arrived at your site when I was looking for information on crankshaft sensors. I have to have the crankshaft sensor replaced on my SEAT Leon TDI FR. The dealer said the gearbox will have to be removed and that the cost will be around £300. Is this correct and a reasonable cost?

CH Belfast

Filed under fault - Asked by Colin Harvey (Belfast) - Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:14

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