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Do I change the water pump on my S-Max?

I have a 2010 Ford S-Max 1.8 TDCi diesel. It's time to change the timing belt. Somebody suggested the water pump should be done at the same time but I'm not sure why or if this is correct!

Filed under servicing - Asked by Nick Spratling (Chippenham) - Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:16

Can you help me select my next car?

Hi there guys.

Can you help me with selecting my next car? Currently have a 161 BMW 420d Gran Coupe with 50k km on the clock (GB import bought from a main dealer in Dublin). Do 10k km per annum. City center living, on street parking. Very happy with the car - love the drive experience but now it’s a bit small in the back for toddler passenger and all our baggage etc. Looking to change in next couple of months, with a hybrid in mind.

Disappointing range of options though for any of the estate/MPV cars I fancy, e.g. BMW Touring or Volvo XC60. Looks are important but driving experience and space are key. As is easy parking into tight spaces! Did drive a Skoda Superb wagon recently and loved all the gadgets, but felt the ride was spongey. Budget is €45k including trade in/private sale. Open to going the import route again as choice and range much better for hybrids.

Any insight would be really appreciated.


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Daragh O’Reilly (Dublin) - Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:13

Can I import a Nissan Leaf from Japan?

How about importing a Nissan Leaf from Japan?

Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Murphy (MILLSTREET Co Cork ) - Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:34

Can I avoid a late VRT payment fee?

Hi there,

I recently bought a new car at a British auction without V5c. Had to send a V62 form and pay £25 for new logbook. Due to COVID it has taken DVLA longer than usual to reissue the logbook. If I present the proof such as the date the last logbook has been issued, will I avoid paying late VRT payment?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Anna Krawczyk (Athlone) - Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:39

Can I tax my Ford Connect privately?

Can I tax my Ford Connect privately? It's the 1.5.

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Ann Rhatigan (Glenconnor) - Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:52

What's my 2013 VW Scirocco worth?

Hi guys,

I want to sell my 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI GT DSG with 48,000 miles on the clock. Volkswagen offered me €10,500, but obviously it’s worth more than that to a private seller. Imported from UK and I need to sell for best price as the money will go towards my next car. I’m looking to find out how much it’s worth so I’m not under-selling - I’d rather overprice it. Ideally wouldn’t sell private as I’ve had a nightmare in the past with idiots trying to rip me off.

Filed under used car values - Asked by David Griffith (Dublin) - Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:51

How much to tax this Caddy privately?

How much to tax a Volkswagen Caddy Max van (1.9 diesel) privately?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Caroline Carey (Ballina) - Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:21

Is pre-2008 tax for petrol and diesel different?


Is there a difference in motor tax between petrol and diesel pre-2008 cars?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Dean Kinsella (Westport) - Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:12

Thinking of getting a newer Hyundai Tucson...

Hi all,

I’m a big fan of the Tucson and have a 161 model. With the third edition coming out for 211, I would love to get a 201 Premium with the panoramic sunroof etc. Will the arrival of the new model lead to much of a drop in the premium 201 model used price?

Also, it seems they’re plentiful in the UK. How can I best trade in my 161 against a UK Tucson Premium and is it worth the hassle to look to the UK at all?


Filed under importing - Asked by Richie Daly (Waterford) - Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:52

Can I privately tax and insure this Transit?

Taxing a five-seat M-Sport Transit for private use. What will it cost and will insurers cover it?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Paul Barrett (Kerry ) - Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:37