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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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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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5 signs that it’s time to change your car
Mar05

5 signs that it’s time to change your car

  There are many ways to justify changing your car but sometimes it is not simply a choice rather there comes a point when your long-suffering vehicle just can’t be expected to go on writes Geraldine Herbert 1. Your mechanic knows you by name – Costly repairs are the first sign that you may need a new set of wheels. Generally, if your monthly car maintenance expenses are beginning to exceed the cost of a new car payment then it...

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How to appeal
Feb24

How to appeal

Outraged by a parking ticket or a clamping decision, or simply dismayed at failing your driving test? Here’s how you can appeal and what you need to do, writes Geraldine Herbert The Driving Test On average, 46% of those sitting their driving test fail it. If you are one of the unlucky ones it is possible to appeal but there are a number of steps you need to follow. As appeals against driving test results are heard by a judge in...

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Reducing your Risk of Carjacking
Feb19

Reducing your Risk of Carjacking

Gardai are investigating a carjacking incident in Kildare this morning, we have some tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime 1. Park in a well lit area. 2. When returning to your parked car, be aware of the surroundings. Walk with purpose and stay alert 3. Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers 4. Once inside your car lock your doors and roll up your windows 5. Always keep the car at least half...

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Are We There Yet? Traveling with Children
Feb12

Are We There Yet? Traveling with Children

As families all over the country will be taking to their car for the mid-term break we have some tips to make your car a safer place to travel in for you and your family writes Geraldine Herbert A mere three seconds can change your life; it is estimated that nearly 80% of crashes are caused by some form of driver distraction within three seconds before the event. Distractions in the car are far too numerous; we talk on mobile phones,...

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