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How much to tax a Ford Ranger privately?

What would the motor tax be for a 2015 Ford Ranger Double Cab 2.2-litre 4x4 truck used for personal use?

Clive Daniel, Tullaghan

Filed under taxation - Asked by Clive Daniel (Tullaghan, Co Leitrim) - Thu, 21 May 2020 12:16

Is this tax right for a 2016 Ford Kuga?

Hi there.

I have a 162 Ford Kuga and my tax per year is €710. This seems very high for a 2016 car. Am I missing something?


Filed under taxation - Asked by Niall O Driscoll (Cahersiveen ) - Thu, 21 May 2020 19:01

Need some advice on using a VW Transporter...

Hi there.

I set up as a sole trader last year (Oct '19). I'd like to swap my Ford Focus for a VW Transporter. A Kombi version most likely. I'm a photographer, but it would be for personal use and to transport my dogs with me. I don't deal with people directly in my business. I operate online. I really need some advice, as I want to move on with new projects. How can I tax and insure it to allow me to enjoy the next chapter?

Thanks a mil


Filed under taxation - Asked by James O'Donnell (Falcarragh) - Thu, 21 May 2020 21:37

Can I import my own car VRT-free?

Hi guys,

I own a property in the UK as well as buying a house here and now work here. I want to import my car from the UK. Am I right in thinking, that if I have owned the car for more than six months, have current UK insurance/tax/MOT certs and the log book in my name at my UK address, that if I were to register it in Ireland, it would be VRT exempt? Will they look for any other documentation?

It's an old 2001 SLK, which is only worth a couple of grand, but the VRT site says that the OMSP is €49,970, which is obviously a mistake and makes the VRT €14,950 plus €240 NOx.

Filed under VRT - Asked by James Mc Vicker (Carrick-on-Suir) - Fri, 22 May 2020 13:09

Issue with hybrid 'cats' being stolen?

Just reading an article about the ongoing theft of catalytic converters in hybrid cars. The article didn't specify the type of hybrid cars involved. Are there similar catalytic converters robbable in plug-in hybrid cars?



Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Wed, 27 May 2020 10:21

Can I have clear glass on my Merc EQC?

Is it possible to buy the Mercedes EQC with clear glass in place of the privacy stuff?

Filed under windows - Asked by W J WATKINS (MERTHYR TYDFIL) - Sun, 31 May 2020 10:26

Questions about taxing a VW Caddy van...

Just wondering how much the tax would be on a 2016 2.0-litre Volkswagen Caddy van privately? Or how can I tax it commercially without a VAT number?

Thanks, Noel

Filed under taxation - Asked by Noel Peppard (Enniscorthy) - Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:18

Can I insure a van for private use?


I want to buy a 141-reg Ford Focus van and I will only use it privately. Can I insure it privately? Even though it's a van I don't have a company or VAT number. It's a 1.6 diesel. 

Filed under insurance - Asked by John Lyster (Wicklow) - Wed, 20 May 2020 12:05

NOx figure for this Skoda Superb TDI?

I am considering importing a 2019/2020 Skoda Superb 190hp TDI L&K Combi, but apart from one website that tells me the NOx is zero (zero: can this be correct?), I cannot find any official figures to work out the VRT costs. Can you help, please?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Terry Crofton (Ballydehob) - Wed, 20 May 2020 11:17

Should I change my Kia Ceed?

I have a 2007 Kia Ceed 1.4 petrol with 250,000km on clock. It has been great and reliable. Thinking about time to change. Daily mileage to and from work 60km. Thinking of Kia Rio diesel or petrol, new or second hand 2016-18. Any thoughts or advice or maybe hold on to Ceed until the end of its life?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Laurie Healy (Dublin) - Sun, 17 May 2020 17:36