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Used Car Finance
Nov17

Used Car Finance

What finance options are available for purchasing that “nearly new” vehicle? We’ve gathered details of some of the offers currently available writes Suzanne Keane Skoda dealers nationwide are offering an amazing 0% Hire Purchase finance on 2012-2017 used Skoda models until the 30 th November. Skoda also offer an approved used cars programme where cars undergo 100 individual checks where any faults are repaired. These cars are then...

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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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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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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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Tips to avoid problems when buying a used car
Jun15

Tips to avoid problems when buying a used car

Buyer Beware – we look at the possible pitfalls when buying a used car include stolen vehicles, write-offs and outstanding finance, writes Geraldine Herbert From buying a stolen car to a dangerous write-off you need to be aware of the possible pitfalls when buying a used car. WRITES-OFFS: According to Motorcheck.ie there are approximately 60-70,000 cars written off in Ireland annually. Of these about half (30,000) would be what...

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