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Can I get car finance without a job?

I am wondering if it's possible to get a car financed without having work sorted first. I am moving back to Ireland to the west and need a car to have a chance of getting work. I am wondering if finance is like a loan where you need a job first to get it or does it work differently than that?

Filed under finance - Asked by Joe Grant (Mayo) - Wed, 25 Sep 2019 19:06

Can our business register a commercial?

I have a registered business in Ireland. It is a dental practice. But I am not VAT-registered as we do not charge VAT on services. Can I still buy a commercial vehicle and register it through the business and tax it on a commercial basis? I understand that I would have to pay the VAT on the vehicle, but the savings in the motor tax would greatly beneficial.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Shane Curran (Westport ) - Tue, 27 Aug 2019 22:54

VRT on importing a Mercedes CLA?

The VRT Calculator on Revenue's site does not have the model of car I am considering importing into Ireland. How can I know what VRT I will be charged before I present the car? It is a Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 AMG Line Auto that is six months old. The calculator has the 180 AMG Line Auto and the far more powerful 45 AMG 4Matic, but none of the models in between.

Filed under VRT - Asked by J Malone (Waterford) - Tue, 27 Aug 2019 23:00

When does the Peugeot e-2008 arrive?


Do you know when the Peugeot e-2008 is due to go on sale? Big fan of the website, keep up the good work!

Thanks, Andy

Filed under future cars - Asked by Andy O'Leary (Dublin) - Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:49

What's up with my Land Rover's stop-start?

Had my car's stop-start checked by Land Rover when it didn’t operate. They said it was the battery. They fitted a new heavy duty battery and the stop-start worked for about a week... It now only works with fan off. Could this be due the recent heat wave and use of the air conditioning? Very temperamental. Advise if possible.

H Stokes

Filed under fault - Asked by Harry Stokes (Bedford) - Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:15

Can a sunstrip pass an NCT?

My car has a sunstrip on the windscreen that was an NCT fail. The fail sheet said obstruction inside wiped area, so if I put on wipers that wipe up to just under the sunstrip will it still pass?

Filed under NCT - Asked by John D (Tipperary) - Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:06

Can I import a Tesla Model 3 from the UK?


Can you import a new Tesla Model 3 from the UK to ROI?

Filed under importing - Asked by Con Phelan (Kilkenny) - Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:38

How best to get insurance after 10 years?

I have a full Irish licence, but have not driven in 10 years. However, my licence has no endorsements or bands; what is the best way to get the cheapest insurance or who is the best insurer to explain my case to? Any help would be much appreciated. I'm living in Dublin.

Filed under insurance - Asked by Brendan Donovan (Ireland) - Mon, 09 Sep 2019 23:05

Are all 2008 cars taxed by emissions?

Are all cars from 2008 on the emissons tax?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Aaron Rodgers (Kilkenny) - Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:08

Can child seats touch each other safely?


We are currently trying to fit three car seats in the back of a Ford Mondeo; we can fit a rear facing infant seat on a base (belted not ISOFIX), a slim high back booster non harnessed and a forward facing harnessed slim type high back booster. Only issue is they are all touching and whilst I have room to put my hand between the two boosters to buckle and unbuckle my eldest, I have had conflicting advice. Some people say it's not safe for the seats to be touching, others say once you have room to put your hand between to buckle and unbuckle it is safe, but in reality unless I move up to an SUV, any seats you fit three across in a family-sized car are going to touch off one another.

I would love to hear any advice or research to say whether it is safe or not to have them touching (mainly in regards to side car impact).

Thank you


Filed under child or baby seats - Asked by Mary McSweeney - Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:54