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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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PCP or personal loan? The pros and cons explained…
Jun12

PCP or personal loan? The pros and cons explained…

Consider your car finance options carefully in order to get the best value for your money, writes Geraldine Herbert Unless you are a cash buyer, when buying a new car the chances are you are likely to consider opting for a personal contract plan (PCP) or borrowing the money from a bank or credit union. Below are some things to consider before you commit to either. Personal Loan The simplest way you can finance the purchase of a new...

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Beware of hidden charges before you sign on the dotted line
Feb20

Beware of hidden charges before you sign on the dotted line

  ‘Delivery and related’ charges can come as a nasty shock to car buyers writes Suzanne Keane Buying a new car can be a minefield. Choosing the right manufacturer, model, engine and specification is one thing but negotiating the right price while keeping within your budget can be a real headache. To avoid further uncertainty before you sign on the dotted line be sure to check out any additional charges which could be added...

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Is it time to ditch diesel?
Jan17

Is it time to ditch diesel?

The rise of hybrid and electric cars coupled with tough emissions laws will mark the end of our diesel love affair, writes Geraldine Herbert In 2017, diesel car sales fell by almost 20 per cent in the UK due partly to the threat of additional taxes and bans in cities. Sales in Ireland have declined more slowly and the market share of diesel has moved from 70% of all new cars bought in 2016 to 65% in 2017. Fuel choice has become a...

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