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How best to buy a Range Rover commercial?

I'm 21 years old and working with my father on our farm. We are registered for VAT and I am wanting to buy a Range Rover Sport. Its a five-seater 3.0-litre TDV6, but you can VRT it as a commercial for €918. How can I get commercial insurance under my own name and commercial tax? Will I have to VRT it through the company?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by John Nolan (Enniscorthy) - Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:27

Skoda Kodiaq: import or buy new?


We're thinking of buying a Skoda Kodiaq seven-seat petrol. We have a €10k deposit. We have two options: get a 2017 version from UK for €30k all in or buy a new one on PCP for €37k. Repayments will be the same on a six-year HP vs a three-year PCP, but leaning towards the used option from the UK. Anything we should consider? Is it better to buy new as easier to exchange?

Filed under importing - Asked by Lee Russell (Dublin) - Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:43

Can I trade my car in against a Tesla?

If I order a Tesla Model 3 for 2020, how can I trade in my current car, given that Tesla only makes electric cars?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by James Hanley (Dublin) - Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:43

Volkswagen Polo or Toyota Auris Hybrid?

Not sure which car to go for. Previously had 2016 Toyota Auris Hybrid and found it very economical and a comfortable drive. Unfortunately it was stolen. However, I'm driving a rental 191 Volkswagen Polo and liking the drive. Which car would you recommend: another 2016 Auris Hybrid or 2018 petrol Volkswagen Polo?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Antoinette Kiely (Dublin) - Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:04

Can I use an old Land Rover privately?

If I buy a 30-year-old Land Rover commercial for private use, what have I to do?



Filed under classic cars - Asked by Barry Doyle (Ireland, Republic) - Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:28

Can I fit a swivel seat to a Honda CR-V?

Please advise if a swivel passenger seat can be fitted to a Honda CR-V.



Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Joe Mungovan (Ennis) - Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:38

What will I replace my VW Golf R with?

I recently had my 182 VW Golf R stolen. They broke into my home to take the keys, which terrified us all, most especially my kids. Now I need to buy a replacement car. I have no clue what to buy due to the rapidly changing pace of cars from diesel to electric and I cannot hold out until the autumn for the launch of newer cars. What I would like is something no smaller than a Golf, up to any size. It cannot be a flashy car or a targeted car like my Golf R, but not as boring as the typical taxi car either. Believe it or not I would like something as fuel efficient as possible without compromising on build or ride quality. I mainly drive country roads and motorways, with city driving maybe once a week. I find cars like hatchbacks great for getting more stuff in when the seats are down. I would also like the car to keep with the times for the next three years so not diesel.

Hope you can help

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Joe Lyons (Dundalk) - Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:35

How much tax on a Ford Connect, privately?

My nephew wants to buy a 2007 Ford Connect 1800 diesel for work and pleasure; how much road tax would he pay per year?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Alan Young (Dublin) - Wed, 01 May 2019 09:06

Thoughts on semi-autonomous systems?


I'm interested in one of these semi-autonomous driving systems, where, as long as you keep your hands on the steering wheel, the car will keep within the white lines and possibly include changing lanes. I'm thinking of it in the context of driving long distances on continental motorways. There seems to be any number of systems out there - some more in the line of adaptive cruise control (keeping a set distance from the car in front) - to something more autonomous along the lines above allowing lane changes. While they are at different price points I was wondering if you have had the opportunity to try the Pro Pilot on the Nissan Qashqai and the Drive Pilot by Volvo and if you are in a position to comment on their relative merits.



Filed under optional extras - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Fri, 03 May 2019 11:37

Help me out with some import answers...


I'm currently living in London. I've bought a passenger vehicle to beat the VRT when I return to Ireland. It's registered to me, but the wife will be taking it when we get back to Ireland. I plan to buy a Land Rover Discovery Commercial. Will I get away with €200 VRT (as it's an N1 category vehicle) when I return and re-register it, as I plan to use it as a private van? I don't really need the space but could do with a 4x4 for helping out on the farm at home, hence why I'm thinking a commercial would be cheaper.

Thanks a million.


Filed under VRT - Asked by Rob Hoban (London) - Fri, 03 May 2019 19:20