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Why do cars fail the NCT
Jul27

Why do cars fail the NCT

A bit of essential maintenance by motorists could cut the number of cars failing the National Car Test (NCT), Suzanne Keane explains the most common reasons for failing Lesss than half of all cars tested for the NCT pass on the first go. Retest results are more encouraging with more than 90% passing and only 0.1% falling into the “Fail Dangerous” category. The most common failures are as follows – Front Suspension Generally your...

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New survey finds 84% of Irish drivers use electronic devices behind the wheel
Jul25

New survey finds 84% of Irish drivers use electronic devices behind the wheel

A new survey highlights bad Irish driving habits  Four out of five (84%) Irish drivers admit to using electronic devices or consulting maps while driving compared to two thirds (66%) of drivers in the UK. When it comes to sending text messages while at the wheel, a quarter (26%) of Irish drivers admit to this offence, exactly double the number in the UK (13%).  That’s according to recent research commissioned by Aviva which looked at...

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A car by any other name
Jul25

A car by any other name

We recall some of the more eccentric names put on cars by firms that really should know better writes Geraldine Herbert The global success of cars such as the Ford Focus or the Volkswagen Golf confirm that the holy grail for car markers is to produce something that appeals in all four corners of the world. But coining a name that conveys the same amount of allure and panache across different cultures is something entirely different....

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What you need to know about the Mercedes Benz recall
Jul21

What you need to know about the Mercedes Benz recall

Mercedes is to recall millions of diesel cars over harmful emissions writes Geraldine Herbert   The numbers?  Mercedes-Benz is to recall more than 3 million diesel cars in Europe.   What is the background to this recall?   The German authorities has put all diesel engines under close scrutiny since DieselGate in September 2015 and as part of that there has been an investigation into Mercedes and possible manipulation of...

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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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Heat wave driving tips
Jul17

Heat wave driving tips

With temperatures soaring to  27 degrees this week we’ve got ten tips to  help ensure that you and your car survive even the hottest driving conditions. When driving in extreme heat, water is crucial to avoid dehydration so have plenty of bottled water in your car Make sure your phone is fully charged Never leave your child or pet in the car, unattended, even for a few minutes, in the heat. Avoid travelling at peak times, if...

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