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Should I buy a BMW 220d Gran Coupe?


I'm thinking of buying the new BMW 220d Gran Coupe; am I mad buying a car with such a niche market? Are insurance companies likely to hammer me premium wise? I'm 61 with a completely clear record. How would the resale value be?

I enjoy your articles and would appreciate your views.

Many thanks

Pat Hagen, Dublin

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by PAT HAGEN (DUBLIN) - Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:28

I'm missing paperwork to VRT my import...

Went to do VRT on Saturday and it wasn't done as first page was missing, not given by car dealer. Just rang but he said that was all he had, but is looking into it. I'm a bit panicked as only have two weeks until 30 days is up; is there anything we can do?


Filed under importing - Asked by Theresa Lynch (Dublin) - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:39

Is now the right time to go electric for me?

I'm currently driving up to 25,000km per year. Mostly motorway commuting, approx 90km daily, Mon-Fri. I'm upgrading my 2013 Hyundai ix35 diesel with 93,000 miles. I'd love to go electric and I'm sure I could manage it by charging every night, but I'm not sure if it's the right time to make the move. Should I take the plunge or go with another diesel?


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Julie Aherne (Kilpedder, Co Wicklow) - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 18:47

Why the difference in motor tax for my Mercs?

I own two Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre cars; one costs €290 and the other costs €570: why the difference?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Ed Hogan (Carrick-on-Suir) - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:44

Is this Audi Q7 from England VAT-free?


I’m buying a 3.0 Audi Q7 from England with 27,000 miles on it; is this car VAT-free?

Filed under importing - Asked by Sean Flynn (Churchtown Dublin ) - Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:57

What's wrong with my Opel Zafira?

I have a 2010 1.7-litre diesel Opel Zafira and it's cutting power on acceleration and changing gears from second to third. What's wrong with it?

Filed under fault - Asked by Winstyon Luza (Dublin) - Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:21

Cracked grille an issue for the NCT?

Can a crack on the front grille of a car cause it to fail an NCT?

Filed under NCT - Asked by Conor Byrne (Sligo ) - Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:08

Belt or chain on a 2004 Toyota Avensis?

Model year 2004 Toyota Avensis 1.8 petrol: was it fitted with a camshaft belt or a chain?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Michael Osborne (Haverhill) - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:35

When to service a Hyundai ix35?

Hyundai ix35: at what mileage to change oil and filter and what's included in a full service?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Stephen Guerin (Limerick) - Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:29

Warning message on my Ford Kuga?

I have a Ford Kuga 2.0 diesel with 106,000km on the clock. I have a warning message come up:  "Service belt required." What is this?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Keith Babington-Browne (La Linea De La Concepcion) - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:51