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Why do cars fail the NCT
Jul27

Why do cars fail the NCT

A bit of essential maintenance by motorists could cut the number of cars failing the National Car Test (NCT), Suzanne Keane explains the most common reasons for failing Lesss than half of all cars tested for the NCT pass on the first go. Retest results are more encouraging with more than 90% passing and only 0.1% falling into the “Fail Dangerous” category. The most common failures are as follows – Front Suspension Generally your...

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Volkswagen Caddy Beach
Jul11

Volkswagen Caddy Beach

Suzanne Keane gets behind the wheel of VW’s new Caddy Beach What is it? While the VW Caddy Life is becoming almost as regular a sight on our roads as the commercial version the Caddy Beach adds a new dimension to this popular van. Styling? The Caddy is a very stylish van and the tinted privacy windows of the Caddy Beach don’t detract from this. The model tested was in Blackberry Metallic and I was asked about the colour on more than...

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Boiling Point – Why is your Car Overheating?
Jul04

Boiling Point – Why is your Car Overheating?

Suzanne Keane gives a few reasons why your car may be overheating! 1. Coolant – Check your coolant level! This is designed to cool your engine so if it’s not topped up it won’t be doing its job properly. Be wary of topping up with water as this will dilute the effectiveness of your coolant and may freeze in cold weather. It’s also important to use the correct type of coolant – mixing them can cause...

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Driving for Work
Jun28

Driving for Work

Whether driving for work or over seeing employees on the road we have some guidelines you need to follow writes Suzanne Keane For Employees – Always follow the rules of the road Double check with your employer that you’re insured to drive the vehicle Make sure you have the correct licence for the vehicle type Check that the vehicle is taxed and has the correct NCT/DOE certification (if applicable) Check tyres and fluids before setting...

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Don’t Skimp on car maintenance
Jun27

Don’t Skimp on car maintenance

Car Maintenance is crucial for safety and resale values so there is never a good reason to skimp on it writes Suzanne Keane According to research carried out by Kwik Fit in the UK one in 5 car owners have skipped maintenance or repairs in the past 12 months. However, this phenomenon can also be found in Ireland! While it may be tempting to hold out on regular servicing if you feel you can save a few cent in the long run it could end...

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