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My question is, seeing as the Citroen C5 Aircross is getting a facelift and new features will be available in Ireland in June, will there be a price reduction in the current versions now awaiting availability in dealers?
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Kieran McGlynn (Bunbeg) - Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:32
I have a Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS with a DPF filter from 2009 and the motor tax is €1,250, while the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS tax is €750. Why, because both are NEPC qualified? They have the same engines. I also found the same 2009 DDiS model on DoneDeal, but registered in a different county and the tax was €750. Where are the differences in prices and qualification from?
Filed under taxation - Asked by Robert Gambin (Ennis) - Mon, 22 Nov 2021 17:11
Been looking at a Skoda Octavia RS, but can't see the option of a sunroof on the Irish website on the configurator, but it's available on the UK ones. Is the lack of availability due to our wonderful VRT rules?
Filed under optional extras - Asked by Simon MacMahon (Navan) - Tue, 21 Dec 2021 12:46
I’m in the process of changing my car, which is a 2018 Mercedes E-Class saloon - diesel - and a 2015 Maserati Quattroporte 3.0-litre diesel with low mileage has caught my eye. My concerns are about the maintenance cost and reliability of such a different kind of car. Or am I mad? I’d appreciate your professional opinion on this.
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by John Muldowney (Kilkenny) - Thu, 06 Jan 2022 18:57
Is a smartphone necessary to drive a Citroen Ami?
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by KK Ho (Tseung Kwan O/ Hong Kong) - Sun, 19 Dec 2021 06:07
I am looking at getting a new electric car, and availability/waiting time for the model I'm looking at seems better in the North than here, even if the price saving is limited, so I am looking at buying from a dealer in NI and importing the car.
I have two questions:
1. What's the current status of VRT on imported (pure) electric vehicles? Do I have to pay 7% of OMSP, is there a €5,000 discount, or what?
2. SEAI offers a €5,000 grant for new EVs. However this is applied for/paid out via the dealer (who has to be in the State), and this doesn't make sense to me - it's surely meant to incentivise putting new EVs on Irish roads, and provided I import the car properly, where I bought it from shouldn't matter. In other words, why can't I get that grant on my new EV even if the car is properly imported rather than bought in the State - isn't there a Single Market implication here?
Filed under importing - Asked by Patrick Edmond (Limerick) - Thu, 11 Nov 2021 14:44
I am wondering if you are able to help me as I find the car tax system confusing. We have a 1991 Renault horse lorry that is now 30 years old, a 3.5T model. What should it cost to tax?
Filed under taxation - Asked by Olivia Hodges (Cahir) - Thu, 11 Nov 2021 20:10
Is it true that you can't recharge a plug-in hybrid using an extension lead? I read that somewhere, but surely if they can be charged from a domestic three-pin socket, why can't an extension lead be used for longer distances?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Thu, 28 Oct 2021 12:28
Just wondering if you have any advice on what to watch out for when buying a 2018-regstered Audi Q7 e-tron (diesel plug in-hybrid)? The motivation for buying it was an SUV with three ISOFIX points on the back seat while leaving a decent boot for buggies and scooters. Other seven seaters left too small a boot.
Filed under reliability - Asked by David Mulvany (Kells) - Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:26
Thinking of making the move to an electric car for our main family vehicle, but quite hilly where we live and concerned about rear-wheel drive only in some of the options, and all-wheel-drive electric cars are very expensive at the moment. Thinking of an SUV or crossover - what would be the recommended front-wheel-drive make/model in this scenario?
Willing to put on winter tyres etc.
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by John Paul (Letterkenny) - Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:55