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Where will I buy a tyre for my Kia Sportage?

I have just bought a Kia Sportage and I am looking to replace one of the front tyres. I only need one as the spare has not been on the car and is still new. I am looking for a Bridgestone 235/60 R16. Do you know who has this tyre at a good price?

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Michael Clarke (Dun Laoghaire)

May 2010 Filed under: tyres

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Why do all fuel prices end in .99?

Does ANYONE in Ireland think it strange that fuel prices on the forecourt always end in '.99' per litre. That '.99' is universal here, but I'm told there is no price fixing? Surely someone can offer fuel at a price that ends in '.50', just to relieve the monotony!

Henry Gibson (Oyster Cove, NY And Callan,, KK.)

Jun 2010 Filed under: fuel prices

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What four-door automatic will I replace my Fiat Punto with?

My wife wants to change to a car with automatic gears as she has broken her leg and now her ankle has plates in it and recently she fractured a bone in the same foot, the left foot.

She does not put up much mileage and drives only local, no country or even cross-city. She has a 2006 Fiat Grande Punto with 18,000 miles on the clock. She wants a four-door and carries a few grandkids quite often. What would you recommend in an 08 or 09?

F D (Dublin)

Jun 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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Is a 2007 Fiat Croma a good buy?

My partner and I have arrived back in Ireland. She will be based here for at least the next 12 months and needs a car that can carry four people in comfort over most of the island fairly regularly. It must also be something of a load-carrier as she will need to move items of bulk rather than weight fairly regularly. A local dealer in Kilkenny has an '07 Fiat Croma 1.8-litre manual at a good price and just 25,000km. It's big enough, safe enough and powerful enough, but we know nothing about this model.

Is it a good buy?

Henry Gibson (Oyster Cove, NY And Callan,, KK.)

Jun 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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How does the new tax on employee parking spaces work?

Can you please tell me about the new tax on parking that is supplied by one's employer?

John Flynn (Waterford)

Jun 2010 Filed under: taxation

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Is €10,999 a suspicious price for an 06 Ford Galaxy?

Is €10,999 a little suspicious for a 2006 Ford Galaxy? It has 55,000 miles on the clock, it's NCT'd, 1 owner but no service history. The garage is not SIMI registered but we're tempted as were on a tight budget.

What do you think?

Tonya Kirwan (Wicklow)

Jun 2010 Filed under: used car values

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Will the scrappage scheme continue into 2011?

Will scrappage continue into 2011? It has been a great help to the business and I hope it continues.

Fergal Reidy (Celbridge)

Jun 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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Which diesel automatic compact SUV to buy?

What do you think of the new Toyota RAV4 4x4 2.2 D automatic compared to BMW X1 D auto, Hyundai ix35 4X4 D auto, Kia Sportage 4X4 D auto or the Nissan Qashqai 4x4 D Auto?

Eamon Horan (Cork)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing new car

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How much for timing belt replacement for a 1999 Opel Vectra?

How much should I pay for a timing belt replacement for a 1999 Opel Vectra?


May 2010 Filed under: servicing

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Which Ford Ranger is best?


I'm looking at buying a Ford Ranger. I prefer the style of the 03-06 model rather than the 07 to present model, but I've been warned to stay away from the old one. Is there a real difference between the two? If so what is it?


Aaron Cassidy (Navan)

May 2010 Filed under: pick-up

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