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How to import a used car from the UK
Jul06

How to import a used car from the UK

Importing a car from the UK can mean serious savings if you do your research. Laura Keane guides you through some easy steps  Even with extortionate VRT fees here you can often pick up a really good bargain up north or across the pond. If you haven’t done it before it can all seem a bit daunting, but it need not be if you do your research and are well prepared.  Here are my tips to importing a car: Log onto the VRT website and...

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Tips for Buying a Used Convertible
Jun13

Tips for Buying a Used Convertible

Nothing says summer time like a convertible; that feeling of the wind in your hair can invigorate even the most mundane A to B commute, but before you take the plunge we have some buying tips writes Suzanne Keane 1) Buying a used convertible is like buying any other car, but with a convertible pay particular attention to the roof and its operation particularly the seal. So double check it before you part with any money that there are...

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10 quick checks when buying a used car
Mar23

10 quick checks when buying a used car

If you are thinking about purchasing a used car here are 10 quick checks you can do  writes Geraldine Herbert Tyres – Make sure there is plenty of tread left, and that the wear is even across them; and don’t forget the spare. Wheels – Check the wheels carefully for any marks or scuffs caused by kerbing. Windscreen – Ensure there are no cracks that could lead to an NCT failure. Lights – Ensure that all the lights are working and that...

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Beware of Stolen Cars
Feb20

Beware of Stolen Cars

Over 6,000 cars are stolen in Ireland every year, with 2,000 remaining unrecovered so how can you avoid buying a stolen car writes Geraldine Herbert Many stolen vehicles are sold to unsuspecting buyers but unfortunately if you buy a stolen car you will not only end up losing the car but also the money used to pay for it. So how do you ensure that the car you are buying is not stolen?. VIN Number –  Find out the location of the...

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The eight most important questions to ask when buying a used car
Oct13

The eight most important questions to ask when buying a used car

Sellers have a legal responsibility to give you accurate and truthful answers so ensure you ask the right questions  writes Geraldine Herbert When buying from a private seller you do not have the same consumer rights as you do when buying a car from dealership,  it is very much a case of ‘buyer beware. However it is  an offence for a seller to withhold or provide misleading information about the car  so with this in mind  there are...

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Bangernomics – how to buy and run a used car cheaply
Jun16

Bangernomics – how to buy and run a used car cheaply

The average age of an Irish car is about 8 years old so many of us already subscribe to the principles of bangernomics writes Geraldine Herbert   What is Bangernomics? The term was coined, over 25 years ago,  by motoring journalist James Ruppert, formerly a car dealer and is the title of a well-known book. Ruppert argues that once a car is five years or older, it has already lost most of its value and is therefore close to the...

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