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The best deals around on a new car
Nov25

The best deals around on a new car

Car Dealers are offering everything from discounts, shopping vouchers and free servicing to attract buyers into their showrooms, writes Geraldine Herbert Now is a good time to buy an Audi A3, with APR rates from 2.9% per month as well as a number of exclusive upgrade packages. The French carmaker Citroën plans to lure potential 201 buyers into its showrooms with zero APR rates on the C3, C4 Cactus and the Grand C4 SpaceTourer;...

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What is the best way to pay for your new car?
Nov21

What is the best way to pay for your new car?

When buying a new car figuring out the best way to finance the deal is crucial writes Geraldine Herbert Hire Purchase (HP) Finance With a hire purchase agreement, you pay an initial deposit and pay an agreed amount in monthly repayments and the balance is divided equally over the finance period. Once all the payments have been made you own the car. HP finance agreements range from three to five years. The main difference between using...

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Eight car options worth paying for
Jun29

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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Things to ask before buying a car on PCP
Jun17

Things to ask before buying a car on PCP

With more than 30% of new cars sold on Personal Contract Plans (PCPs), the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) are advising consumers to be prudent when choosing the best finance option writes Geraldine Herbert The idea of a PCP is simple: buyers put down a deposit or trade-in their old car, followed by monthly payments made over three years and are given a ‘guaranteed minimum future value’ (GMFV) by the...

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Key considerations when you’re buying a Family Car
May28

Key considerations when you’re buying a Family Car

From finance options to fuel types, Geraldine Herbert outlines five things to think about before choosing your next family car   1 Hatchback, estate, saloon, people carrier or SUV? For small families, hatchbacks are ideal and there is a huge choice of both new and used models on the market. Estates and saloons are a good option if you need that extra boot and cabin space. Nothing beats the versatility of MPVs and while not as...

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Beware of hidden charges before you sign on the dotted line
May07

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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