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Is my car loan deductible against tax?


As a sole trader I use my private car to do 30,000km a year. I’d like to change my car. If I take a loan out to purchase a car is a percentage of the monthly repayments deductible against tax and, if so, is there an upper limit or any drawbacks to doing this from a tax perspective, e.g. benefit in kind?

Many thanks

Filed under taxation - Asked by Robert Downer (Kilkenny) - Mon, 05 Oct 2020 21:39

Petrol or diesel for 40,000km a year?

In the market for a new car. Currently driving a 2010 VW Golf TDI and considering a crossover like 2008 or similar. I do about 40,000km per year mostly on the motorway. Would you recommend a petrol or diesel engine?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Michelle Masterson (Knocklyon) - Mon, 05 Oct 2020 13:41

Cost to tax a VW Caddy privately?

I bought a 2011 1.6 diesel Volkswagen Caddy; any idea how much I will be taxed if looking to tax privately?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Evan Boyle (Cork) - Sun, 04 Oct 2020 15:24

Thinking of buying a Volvo hybrid...


I'm thinking of changing my Volvo. Can I ask how the XC40 and the XC60 plug-in hybrid models are set up? Am I correct in understanding that the electric motor and the petrol engine in the PHEV XC40 both drive the front wheels whereas in the XC60 the electric motor drives the rear wheels, so that four-wheel drive would be available when the electric and petrol engines are used in combination? Also, can I ask a separate question about "self driving". In the modern Volvos, they just talk of a lane keeping aid. Does this function in the same way as what was labelled Pilot Assist in models of a couple of years ago?

Thank you


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:21

Where can I get 98 octane petrol?

Do you know where I can buy 98 octane petrol? I've found it impossible to find a garage that sells it (I live in Dublin 4).

Thank you, John

Filed under petrol - Asked by John Fleming (Dublin) - Fri, 02 Oct 2020 22:49

Does my Ford Kuga need a new belt now?


I have a 2015 Ford Kuga 1.6 with 89,000km on the clock. It's due for its annual service and the Ford Service Centre has suggested that I replace the timing belt during this service. Is it necessary at this stage?

Regards, Wilstan

Filed under servicing - Asked by Wilstan Weichardt (Cape Town) - Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:04

Is my stop-start system working?

How do I know if my car's start-stop system is not broken, given that it is not working?

Filed under fault - Asked by CARLOS COSTA (Luanda) - Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:55

Is the Opel Astra 1.3 diesel a good engine?

I am looking to buy a 1.3 Opel Astra diesel: is that a good engine?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Ken Lee (Cork) - Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:51

When to change my Mondeo TDCi's belt?

I have a 2009 Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre TDCi that is now coming up to 76,000 miles; when should I get the cam belt changed?

Thanks, Sandi

Filed under servicing - Asked by Sandi Lamming (Kings Lynn ) - Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:48

Can I fit a child seat in the third row?


We have a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe. We are unable to install the three car seats we have in the middle row so are wondering if it is safe to install a convertible forward facing child car seat in the third row using the seatbelt? I know it might not be illegal but is it safe?


Filed under child or baby seats - Asked by Martin Healy (Dublin) - Sat, 29 Aug 2020 21:36