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Can I insure a van for private use?


I want to buy a 141-reg Ford Focus van and I will only use it privately. Can I insure it privately? Even though it's a van I don't have a company or VAT number. It's a 1.6 diesel. 

Filed under insurance - Asked by John Lyster (Wicklow) - Wed, 20 May 2020 12:05

NOx figure for this Skoda Superb TDI?

I am considering importing a 2019/2020 Skoda Superb 190hp TDI L&K Combi, but apart from one website that tells me the NOx is zero (zero: can this be correct?), I cannot find any official figures to work out the VRT costs. Can you help, please?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Terry Crofton (Ballydehob) - Wed, 20 May 2020 11:17

Should I change my Kia Ceed?

I have a 2007 Kia Ceed 1.4 petrol with 250,000km on clock. It has been great and reliable. Thinking about time to change. Daily mileage to and from work 60km. Thinking of Kia Rio diesel or petrol, new or second hand 2016-18. Any thoughts or advice or maybe hold on to Ceed until the end of its life?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Laurie Healy (Dublin) - Sun, 17 May 2020 17:36

How much to tax a Ford Transit 2.2 van?

How much to tax a Ford Transit 2.2 van?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Bridie Murphy (Galway) - Sun, 17 May 2020 21:09

How much to tax my Skoda taxi privately?

I want to tax my car for private use and not for a taxi; how much will it cost me for a year? It's a 2012 Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI Greenline.

Filed under taxation - Asked by David Kelly (Dublin) - Mon, 18 May 2020 11:44

What to replace by Octavia RS TDI with?

Hi, I'm doing approx. 30,000km per year. I have a 2016 Octavia RS 2.0-litre TDI 184hp at the moment and am going to change over the next few months - pandemic allowing etc! What would you recommend? Are hybrids worth looking at for example?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Mark McNally (Galway) - Mon, 18 May 2020 19:12

Is the Volkswagen Up suitable for me?

Hi there,

I'm looking to buy a newer car than my 2007 1.2 Renault Clio. I spend roughly half the week in a small city and the other half in a small country village, about 25 minutes from the nearest town. I do a short motorway trip about twice a week. I'd love something like a Volkswagen Up, but am worried this would be too small and lack enough power for my amount of driving, which is roughly 21,000km per year.

What would you advise?

Many thanks, Eimear.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Eimear Molloy (Kilkenny/Waterford) - Mon, 18 May 2020 20:46

What's up with insurance on my Citroen C4?

Hi, my wife just bought a Citroen C4; it is a great car to drive, but when time came to insure the car it went up €280 on last year's insurance on a 2007 Nissan Almera. Both cars are in Group 15 and Citroen C4 is rated as a safer car. Are we missing something here about the C4?

Thank you


Filed under insurance - Asked by Aidan Dempsey (Athy) - Tue, 19 May 2020 10:05

What is the 2013 Honda Civic diesel like?

What is the 2013 Honda Civic i-DTEC like?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by FRANCIS GANNON (COUNTY MEATH) - Tue, 19 May 2020 18:47

What about LPG-converted cars and NOx?

Hi, for the NOx charges and VRT: I have a 2000 Audi A4 quattro that's fairly rare in Ireland. I'm planning to get it changed to Irish plates ASAP. The car has an LPG conversation. Would the LPG affect the NOx charges? It should have lower NOx emissions.

Filed under VRT - Asked by Stephen McCormack (Galway ) - Tue, 19 May 2020 19:19