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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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How to get a good deal on a nearly new car
Sep03

How to get a good deal on a nearly new car

Ex Rental, pre registered and demo models all offer a chance to own a nearly new car at a good discount but there are a few things you need to keep in mind writes Geraldine Herbert December and June are good times to get a good deal on a nearly-new  car as the new registrations plates are just around the corner. Also convertibles tend to be more expensive during the summer months but it’s a great time to get a bargain 4×4....

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Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Lemon
Jul15

Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Lemon

Buying a used car shouldn’t be a leap of faith. Here are our top ten tips to keep in mind when shopping for a used car, says Geraldine Herbert. 1) Determine what your price range is and draw up a budget; don’t be tempted to exceed it. 2) Consider how you would use the car, long commutes, journeys around town, city centre driving. 3) Buy from a reputable car dealer, You will be assured of the best possible service and this will...

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Four Classic Cars worth a second look
Apr10

Four Classic Cars worth a second look

Seduced by the allure of classic cars on a recent trip to the Mediterranean, we have four cars worth a look if you want to enjoy a classic car this summer writes Hannah Gordon. Following a recent trip to the Mediterranean I was amazed at how many classic and vintage cars were still being driven so regular by their owners. They thought nothing of jumping into a 40 year old French antiquity and dashing off into the nearest town. Every...

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Family Cars and Sheep
Apr08

Family Cars and Sheep

We asked Sinead Canny-Ruddy, ‘Young’ mother of Annie, wife of Dickie, rally driver, car mad with a bag and shoe obsession to give us her Top 10 Unconventional Tips when it comes to buying a family car….. When it comes to buying a family car, why do we all act like sheep? Why do we suddenly lose the ability to think of nothing else but this car MUST fit the big expensive designer buggy that we bought when Little Jimmy...

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Research is the key when buying a Used car
Mar19

Research is the key when buying a Used car

10 things you really should know if you are buying a second-hand car writes Geraldine Herbert Buying a used car is a minefield of potential problems but whether you buy a car from a dealer or a private seller, has a noticeable effect on satisfaction levels. According to a recent survey by the AA, a third of those who bought a used car within the last 5 years were not entirely happy with their purchase. Of those who were dissatisfied...

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