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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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Driving for Work
Jun28

Driving for Work

Whether driving for work or over seeing employees on the road we have some guidelines you need to follow writes Suzanne Keane For Employees – Always follow the rules of the road Double check with your employer that you’re insured to drive the vehicle Make sure you have the correct licence for the vehicle type Check that the vehicle is taxed and has the correct NCT/DOE certification (if applicable) Check tyres and fluids before setting...

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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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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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Switching to an Automatic car
Mar28

Switching to an Automatic car

  Suzanne Keane shares tips for manual-transmission drivers, faced with the challenge of driving an automatic car  Most of us in Ireland learn to drive cars with manual gearboxes and although it may seem easier, the first time you sit in a car that’s automatic can be daunting for some. It may seem simple – D for Drive, R for Reverse but what exactly are the rest? N stands for Neutral – this is for when you...

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Spring Clean Your Wheels
Mar18

Spring Clean Your Wheels

Spring-cleaning is not just about your home. After a long hard winter its time to turn your attention to your car, Suzanne Keane offers tips on how to spring clean your car Summer may finally (fingers crossed) be on the way. It’s funny how that little bit of sunshine last week was able to increase the amount of shiny cars (along with vest tops and sunglasses) on our roads…. Is your car due a little spring clean? Firstly – empty the...

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