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A new tougher test comes in this week for all new cars.
Aug30

A new tougher test comes in this week for all new cars.

From September 1st, the new WLTP standards will come into force  so what does it mean for new car prices and motor tax writes Geraldine Herbert   What is changing? The current method of testing fuel economy and emissions for new cars is to be replaced. Condemned for its inability to reflect real-world mpg, the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) will be replaced across Europe, including Ireland on September 1, 2018 by the Worldwide...

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Eight car options worth paying for
Aug14

Eight car options worth paying for

When it comes to car options there are a few luxuries that we think are worth paying for writes Geraldine Herbert There is a bewildering amount of choice when it comes to car extras and it is easy to blur the line between wants and needs but whichever you are considering make sure research your options and know exactly what you are getting for your money. Its also worth remembering that some options may make resale values higher so...

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Thinking of buying a van?
Aug07

Thinking of buying a van?

    Thinking of buying a Van? Here are some ‘Van Buying Tips’ that you should bear in mind writes Suzanne Keane         Size – Overloading is both dangerous and illegal so work out the size of van you need. A good rule of thumb is to add 15 per cent more than you think you will need. Space – What will you be carrying regularly and what is the biggest load you are likely to need to transport...

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10 cars worth waiting for
Jul10

10 cars worth waiting for

Summer’s about to get a whole lot hotter as the new arrivals hit the ramp, writes Geraldine Herbert 1) Audi E-Tron SUV Slotting between the Q5 and Q7 in terms of dimensions, Audi’s first all-electric vehi­cle, the sporty SUV e-tron is expected here in early 2019. With a promised range of around 400km, the new SUV will take on Jaguar’s I-Pace and Tesla’s Model X. 2) Dacia Duster Arguably the most anticipat­ed model from the Romani­an...

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Stricter new CO2 test may cause slump in car sales
Jul04

Stricter new CO2 test may cause slump in car sales

A new system to test emissions will bring more accurate measurements, but may also lead to higher taxes and car prices, warns  Geraldine Herbert A new emissions test for cars that is providing more accurate carbon dioxide (CO2) ratings may cause car sales to fall. The test, which was introduced last year for new models only will apply to all new cars sold in the EU from September 1 and is designed to deliver more realistic figures for...

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The best deals around on a 182 car
Jun14

The best deals around on a 182 car

Car manufacturers are offering huge discounts to attract buyers, from zero percent interest rates to free servicing, writes Geraldine Herbert Now is a good time to buy an Alfa Romeo, the Italian car maker is offering Personal Contract Plan (PCP) finance or a Hire Purchase (HP) with an APR rate of 2.9%. Also available are scrappage incentives. The Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV are available with up to €4,500 Scrappage while the Mito...

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