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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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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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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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