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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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Boiling Point – Why is your Car Overheating?
Jul04

Boiling Point – Why is your Car Overheating?

Suzanne Keane gives a few reasons why your car may be overheating! 1. Coolant – Check your coolant level! This is designed to cool your engine so if it’s not topped up it won’t be doing its job properly. Be wary of topping up with water as this will dilute the effectiveness of your coolant and may freeze in cold weather. It’s also important to use the correct type of coolant – mixing them can cause...

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Don’t Skimp on car maintenance
Jun27

Don’t Skimp on car maintenance

Car Maintenance is crucial for safety and resale values so there is never a good reason to skimp on it writes Suzanne Keane According to research carried out by Kwik Fit in the UK one in 5 car owners have skipped maintenance or repairs in the past 12 months. However, this phenomenon can also be found in Ireland! While it may be tempting to hold out on regular servicing if you feel you can save a few cent in the long run it could end...

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How Much Does it Actually Cost to Run a Car?
Jun05

How Much Does it Actually Cost to Run a Car?

You may be aware of the cost of petrol, tax and insurance, but do you know how much your car is really costing you to run?  Suzanne Keane offers some tips on how to work out the real cost of your car Very little can beat the feeling of the first day out on the road in your very own car but apart from the initial expense have you ever actually worked out what it’s costing you on a weekly/monthly basis? Motoring is an expensive...

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Cancellation of a Fixed Charge Notice
Jun01

Cancellation of a Fixed Charge Notice

If you’ve been unlucky enough to receive a fixed charge notice from An Garda Síochána did you know that under certain exceptional circumstances it can be cancelled? Suzanne Keane explains how So what is a cancellation? This is where a Cancelling Authority can decide (if they believe your prosecution would not be appropriate, fair or proportionate) to withdraw the fixed charge notice. Reasons for cancellation? There are 2 Categories...

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It’s time to get a grip on safety with good tyres
May29

It’s time to get a grip on safety with good tyres

Is it worth paying extra for premium tyres? Geraldine Herbert takes to a very wet track in Italy to find out  Its hard to get excited about tyres; for many drivers, they are simply a necessary evil, one more expense after another. But the tyres you choose can have a huge impact on your safety and are in many ways the most important part of the car. According to research by tyre company Bridgestone drivers may rate performance and...

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