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How to finance your next car
Jan10

How to finance your next car

Consider your finance options carefully in order to get the best value for your money writes Geraldine Herbert Thinking of buying a new car? With a multitude of finance options available it pays to spend time determining just what is the best type of finance to sign up for. Aside from paying in cash your options include, a bank loan or credit union loan, Hire Purchase (HP) or Personal Contract Plans (PCP). PCPS An increasingly popular...

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Shop around and drive a great 181 bargain
Nov23

Shop around and drive a great 181 bargain

From shopping vouchers to free servicing, it’s enough to make the end of the year a truly festive season for new car buyers, writes Geraldine Herbert Now is a good time to buy an Alfa Romeo, from now until December 31 2017, the Italian car maker is offering Personal Contract Plan (PCP) finance, with an APR rate of 2.9%, or a Hire Purchase (HP) finance rate from 0%. At Audi dealerships around the country, the 181 Sales Event has...

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New SUVs Coming Soon
Oct19

New SUVs Coming Soon

Thinking of buying an SUV? Then check out some of the exciting new models coming our way over the next few months writes Geraldine Herbert   Citroen C3 Aircross The C3 Picasso is no more and has been transformed into a funky crossover that will compete with rivals that include Peugeot’s 2008 the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. Powering this compact SUV will be a choice of three-cylinder PureTech 82, 110 and 130 petrol units and...

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Thinking of buying a van?
Aug08

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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Customer protection agency to examine PCP car finance market
Jul17

Customer protection agency to examine PCP car finance market

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) announced that it has commenced a study of the Personal Contract Plan (PCP) car finance market If you have bought a car on a  PCP agreement, particularly if you have either experienced problems in understanding the product before buying or had difficulties from the time of siging up to the contract then the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)   would like to...

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Is PCP Car Finance the right option for you?
Jun14

Is PCP Car Finance the right option for you?

Consider all your options and read the small print when deciding how to finance your new car writes Geraldine Herbert What is a PCP? PCPs are a form of car finance based on a HP agreement. However unlike HP or a bank loan the payments are typically lower and at the end of the agreement you have the choice of whether to make that final payment to own the car or not.   How does a PCP work? With a PCP, repayment is broken down into...

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