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Rust Prevention
Sep07

Rust Prevention

Rust on your car is not just unsightly but left untreated can cause irreversible damage – Corroded metal is weaker and will eventually crumble away warns Suzanne Keane Diagnosis – Apart from the obvious visible signs of rust other hints that you have a problem include bubbles under the paintwork, flaky paint, water leaks or paint blisters.   Prevention – Washing – keeping your car washed regularly, especially during winter...

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Running on Empty
Aug23

Running on Empty

Running out of fuel is not only an inconvenience but can do costly damage to your car writes Suzanne Keane A study from Topaz has shown that 60% of motorists will only fill up their car when it’s in the red. The study has also shown that 1 in 10 of us have run out of fuel while driving. While running out of fuel on the go may seem like just an inconvenience it can cause damage to your car (along with making you late). Even running...

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Off-Road Declarations – Reminder
Aug22

Off-Road Declarations – Reminder

 New measures were introduced in 2013 to clamp down on Motor Tax evasion and drivers now have to declare cars as ‘off the road ’ before the motor tax runs out writes Suzanne Keane.   Up to July 2013 if you weren’t using a car that wasn’t taxed all you needed to do when you eventually wanted to tax it again was fill in an RF100 form, get it stamped at your local garda station and take it to the tax office with your hard earned...

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Safety First – Tips For Safe Do-It-Yourself Car Maintenance
Aug16

Safety First – Tips For Safe Do-It-Yourself Car Maintenance

When you’re working on your own car it’s always easier to just jump right in and get going but before you do think about your safety writes Suzanne Keane   Unfortunately accidents happen so you should always take the necessary precautions to stop your car from injuring you or someone else.   At the side of the road – Always carry a warning triangle! If you have to pull in, get as far off the road as...

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Thinking of buying a van?
Aug08

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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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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