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What is a PCP?
Mar21

What is a PCP?

An increasingly popular way to finance a new car is under a Personal Contract Plans (PCP). But what exactly is a PCP and who is it best suited to asks Geraldine Herbert What is a PCP? Unlike standard HP or a bank loan, the repayments are typically lower, as you are paying off the depreciation of the car and not its entire value. At the end of the agreement, you have the choice of whether to make that final payment to own the car or...

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First Drive: Lexus UX
Mar19

First Drive: Lexus UX

The new Lexus hybrid SUV is proof that good things come in small packages writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? It seems small is the new big and Lexus is the latest car brand to offer a scaled down and less expensive version of their larger SUV. Joining the family of Lexus “X” vehicles including the RX and NX is the even smaller UX or Urban Explorer. While car sales were down by double-digits this year so far, sales of...

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Outstanding finance on a used car
Mar15

Outstanding finance on a used car

What happens if you  accidentally buy a used car with outstanding finance writes Geraldine Herbert Over the past number of years, Personal Contract Plans (PCPs) have proved increasingly popular among car buyers, so much so that over 30% of private buyers use some them to purchase their new car. However, for used car buyers, there has been an increase in the number of cars being offered for sale with finance still outstanding....

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Car Chat with Nicci Daly
Mar13

Car Chat with Nicci Daly

Nicci Daly, motorsport engineer, Irish international hockey player, and Applegreen ambassador talks bad habits, cup holders and  how she would love to buy her dad’s iconic Formula Opel Your current car? I currently drive a Mercedes C180 Kompressor. Does it have any extras? Yes, Alloy wheels, low profile tyres. Is a car important to you? Yes extremely. Having a car is important to me as I live on the foothills of the Dublin...

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Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice
Mar09

Tips For Driving on Frost and Ice

Met Eireann has issued a nationwide snow-ice warning which will remain in place for more than 24 hours writes Geraldine Herbert 1) Ensure you have de-icer and a scraper. Before setting off, make sure you clean any ice or condensation from all the windows and mirrors to optimise visibility. 2) When you set off, do so in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently, avoiding high revs – this will prevent wheel spin. 3) As...

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