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Safest way to jump-start a car?


In advice on how to jump start a car, you are usually advised to attach negative cable to bare metal, away from battery, of flat car. This advice is not given for the donor car. This advice is stated to be because "hydrogen gas can build up above the battery itself, which could be explosive." But if hydrogen can build up above the battery, why are you only advised to attach to bare metal on the "flat" car? Why couldn't hydrogen gas build up above the "donor" car battery? In any event, surely once you open the bonnet, the gas, if any, would dissipate fairly rapidly?

Thanks Philip

Filed under electrics - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:33

My Ranger's fuel flap won't open...

I'm driving a 2018 Ford Ranger diesel and now the door to put fuel in will not open. 

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Catherine Malley (Achill Island,) - Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:31

Should cars have rear daytime running lights?

Should cars have rear daytime running lights? As we approach winter and darker evenings I have noticed more drivers on the road with no other lights on but their daytime running lights. Maybe they don't think about the dips because they know that the DRLs are always on!

What do you think?

Tommy Flynn (Galway)

Filed under lighting - Asked by Tommy Flynn (Galway) - Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:33

I want to move home with two vehicles.

I'm planning to return to Ireland from overseas in 2022 with a 2020 Amarok V6 and 2016 Land Rover Discovery SDV6. Both will have been owned longer than six months with paperwork to prove if required. What can I expect to pay?

Filed under importing - Asked by John Ryan - Tue, 17 Nov 2020 04:25

Can I reclaim VAT paid on a UK import?


I plan to buy a July 2020 car in the UK. I understand that I will pay Irish VAT along with the VRT and that I can reclaim the UK VAT from the UK government once the vehicle is registered in Ireland. Is this correct?

Many thanks

Gerry O'Brien

Filed under importing - Asked by Gerry O'BRIEN (Ashbourne) - Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:24

Can I avoid VRT by inheriting a car?

Can you avoid VRT by getting someone about to die in another country to buy it and leave it to you in their will? A bit cold but could be an option?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Daire Vickers (Dublin) - Sun, 22 Nov 2020 22:37

Thoughts on this Volvo V60 deal?

Hi there,

I have a 2014 Volvo v60 R-Design D3 with 124,555 miles on the clock and I've seen an ex-demo Volvo V60 R-Design D3. I got talking to the sales man and here is what he emailed me:

"Hi Pauric,

As promised, see below figures for demo model V60 R-Design. This car is €7k less compared to new so a very good saving and no mileage on the car. Retail price €46,500. Trade Nov 2020 €12,250.  Cost before settlement €34,250. Settlement €9,871.91, valid until 30.11.20 with €4,400 down payment."

Is this a deal if a lifetime? Or should I walk away?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Pauric Mc Ginley (Killybegs) - Sun, 22 Nov 2020 01:45

Is a converted camper cheap to tax?

Hi there,

I'm moving back to Ireland from UK with a 2006 VW Caravelle. I'm currently converting it to a campervan. Once it is converted would it then qualify to pay low motor road tax like the VW California? This is my only vehicle.

Many thanks!

Filed under taxation - Asked by Catherine Ireton (Falmer, Brighton) - Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:48

Can I change a Kia Stinger's reflectors?


I am looking at buying a Kia Stinger GT. The car has a longer narrow reflector each side towards the rear of the car. I know it is there for the US market as it is a legal requirement over there, but from what little info I can find online only reflectors on the rear of the car are required for Ireland/Europe. Anybody know different? Been looking around and have seen loads of cars without them. The reason I ask is because I dont really like the look of them - you can buy body coloured painted replacements that look much better, but obviously don't function as a reflector anymore. Loads of people seem to be doing it in UK and US, but I want to see if it's legal here before going ahead. If anybody has any info or knowledge on the matter i would greatly appreciate it.

Filed under lighting - Asked by Kevin O'Reilly (Leixlip) - Sun, 15 Nov 2020 22:05

VRT for a 141 Mazda3?


How much would be the VRT for a 141 Mazda3 2.0?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Adaora Iroh (Co Carlow) - Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:21