The second annual Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2013 were held earlier this month at Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, County Meath.continue reading
The eagerly awaited first quarter results for new car sales are in and Motorcheck.ie can reveal that Volkswagen is now officially Ireland’s best selling brand for 2013 (year to date).continue reading
Today marked the launch of the second installment of the Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards. The adjudication panel has already begin work on the long list which will be whittled down to category winners at an awards luncheon in April.continue reading
Buying “Privately” has always been synonymous with bargain hunting and the latest figures show that the vast majority of buyers are more than happy to transact directly with a current owner and bypass their local dealer.continue reading
This morning we were invited into the Ireland AM studios at TV3 to chat with Mark Cagney about some of the more common problems Motorcheck comes across on a daily basis.
Car clocking, insurance write off’s, outstanding finance and a variety of other important pieces of information we report on for Irish car buyers were all featured.continue reading
If you’re currently in the process of buying a used car here are some ‘Top Tips’ that you should bear in mind and avoid buying car that’s been clocked, previously written off, still under finance, used as a taxi or NCT failed.continue reading
We’re thrilled that The Irish Times has this week unveiled a New Car Finder on their website Irishtimes.com. The application uses data from the Benchmark Automotive and Motorcheck.ie database and gives Irish car enthusiasts a fantastic new way to search for a new car and discover what’s available in the Irish market.continue reading
A Swindon based trader, Colin Michael Ogle, has been jailed for nine months for car clocking. This is the first time the provider of ‘mileage correction services’, rather than the seller of clocked vehicles, has been convicted under UK consumer law.continue reading
Today marks the launch of Renault Ireland’s ‘Carculator’. An innovative website that gives users the ability to estimate the running costs of their current car for comparison against an equivalent model in Renault’s 2013 product range.continue reading
New figures released today by our analysts show an incredible 77% of used car buyers are sourcing their next car directly from the private market and not from a dealer’s forecourt.continue reading
Although largely silent – one of the the biggest costs for car owners is depreciation. Hot on the heels of our new vehicle valuation service, www.textcheck.ie -(Text VALUE followed by your reg to 51155) the Motorcheck team have today produced the industry’s first comprehensive analysis of residual values.
The study examined a wide range of cars in key segments and the results show that the most popular categories are dominated by a small number of marques.continue reading
TextCheck.ie is a new SMS based service from MotorCheck.ie – the Car History People.
Text VALUE followed by the Reg to 51155 to receive an instant valuation and a free identity check. A great new service that gives buyers and sellers alike the ability to Benchmark the price of any car (or van) in Ireland.continue reading
Last month the Skoda Superb Combi was announced as category winner in the inaugural Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards. Competition in the segment was extremely strong and I was eager to get behind the wheel myself to see what gave this car the winning edge.continue reading
The notion that a buyer might be put off buying a new car because it bears the number ’13′ on the number plate was initially scoffed at but things have changed. It’s not so much a fear of the ‘Unlucky 13′ that has new car dealers worried but Fear of the Fear, if you know what I mean?continue reading
The latest stats from TomTom show Wednesday the 28th March was the most congested day in the first quarter and Dublin commuters can expect Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings to be the most congested times of the week to travel.continue reading
Korean giant Hyundai (who also owns the popular Kia Motors) is getting very serious about the Fleet market. Not surprising really given that the brand is experiencing phenomenal growth throughout Europe and the rest of the world.continue reading
It’s been a week since the shortlist was announced but yesterday at a special awards luncheon the winners of Ireland’s inaugural Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards were officially unveiled.continue reading
Out of an eligible 94 company cars nominated in the inaugural Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2012, 21 have been selected by the expert judging panel to compete under the 5 main segments that are dedicated to the business user.continue reading
If you haven’t already heard about Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine you can be sure that you’re going to! The tiny engine that can sit on a single sheet of A4 paper produces the same power as the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine it replaces and was today named the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”.continue reading
The search is on for the category winners in the newly established Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2012. A total of 25 car brands will compete for the five distinct categories in segments primarily used by the business/corporate car driver, namely the Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Award 2012 winner in the C-Segment, D-Segment, Estate, Executive and Premium D-Segment.continue reading
A collection of pictures from the launch of the Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2012.continue reading
One piece of news that we couldn’t ignore this week was the new FREE ‘Topaz App’ that’s just been launched. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to seeing in the app store for a while now. Motorcheck provides the data the app uses for its mileage check facility and is a great example of how our automotive data can be used in innovative ways by our business customers.
Just how much further could your car go?continue reading
Having just returned from the Geneva Motor Show where the all electric Renault Zoe was causing quite a stir I was surprised to read that closer to home An Post and Renault Ireland are joining forces in Ireland’s first ever on-the-road trial of electrically powered post vans.continue reading
A letter received today from Škoda Ireland notified us about their new and innovative test-drive campaign that promises 300 KM’s of free fuel to all participants. No strings attached!continue reading
Consumer affairs expert Tina Leonard picked up our scam warning concerning ‘Ghost Cars’ and highlighted it with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio 1′s ‘The Today Show’.continue reading
In a sitting of Galway Distric Court yesterday Judge Mary Fahy described the act of clocking as ‘a serious offense which merited a large fine’. The accused a Mr. Tabachuk was subsequently fined €1,200 and ordered that the €4,000 originally paid for the car be returned to the buyer.continue reading
This post is designed to help Motorcheck customers who believe that they might have come across a clocked car. To explain what this could mean we decided to publish an online guide which will help with suggestions on how to proceed (or not) as the case may be.continue reading
For the first time ever, one of the leading F1 teams in the world will take to the streets of Dublin as Jenson Button races his F1 Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes along our cobbled streetscontinue reading
Cian Royston from NVD shows Motorcheck the Heatshot, a heated winscreen wash system that clears ice, snow, grease, bird droppings and dead insects from the windscreen, whilst prolonging the life of your wiper blades.continue reading
A study by Motorcheck.ie shows that as many as 1 in 5 cars for sale in Ireland may have been clocked. RTE’s Nine O’Clock News picks up the story.continue reading
The history of naming cars is littered with stuff that is odd, daft, inappropriate, and often downright hilarious. Even when they try to be classical—the Mazda LaPuta was actually named after a city in Gulliver’s Travels, but means something entirely different (and easily understood) in Spanish.continue reading
Motorcheck takes a look at the history of the car hood ornament and its popularity before we got worried about the pedestrians who got in their way.continue reading
A recent preview of Ford’s concept EVOS prompted us to wonder about showcars generally, so we took a look at the history of the showcar, from the probably practical to the downright bizarre.continue reading
This week we look at some stats for FlexiFuel Sales, take a gander at the new Mercedes B-Class and tip our hat to a new service offer from VW Ireland. All this while drooling over the new Bentley Continental that’s due to make its debut in Frankfurt shortly.continue reading
With the new Range Rover Evoque denizens of the not-quite-so-rich-anymore better parts of Britain and Ireland’s cities will have a chance to roll out in something that doesn’t reek of carbonised environment.continue reading
It was a busy week – The AA painted a bleak picture on motoring costs, Mr. Ford (himself) paid a visit to Cork, Kia launched their new Picanto and the Top Gear team were caught tinkering with a Nissan Leaf.continue reading
Despite the shameless PR stunt by Arturas Zuokas last week there was some interesting news ahead of the Frankfurt Motor show.
The new generation Honda Civic will be featured alongside Mazda’s CX-5 and BMW will have two close-to-production concepts from its new ‘i’ Series electric / hybrid division.continue reading
The Ford Focus reclaims the top spot, anticipation rises for Frankfurt 2012, the Jaguar E-Type is 50 years old and Saab is warned against getting involved in organised crime. It’s been a busy week!continue reading
An interesting ruling in the High Court yesterday could make it easier for car owners to terminate their hire purchase agreements but don’t expect to get away scot free!continue reading
With early indications showing a slowdown in car sales after the end of the government scrappage scheme, Motorcheck asks a number of industry insiders about their predictions for the rest of 2011 and into 2012.continue reading
It’s a great time of the year to take to the road (on two or four wheels) and Motorcheck took full advantage of the fine weather to visit one of the summer’s biggest European Harley Davidson events.continue reading
The 2011 Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show was a real cracker! Over 1,200 cars on show made the 20th anniversary of the event a great day out for the crowds that visited.
Here are some pictures we took on the day. What’s your favourite?continue reading
Motorcheck was at the National Show Centre in Swords on Saturday to visit the “Prestige, Sports and Classic Car Sale & Showcase”. There was a beautiful De Lorean on sale at the show along with a great line up of recession flouting Aston Martin, Bentley and Ferrari’s from Paddy Connolly. A tenner a head for...continue reading
A recent undercover operation by the BBC has uncovered a rise in the number of cars being clocked in Northern Ireland.
Trading Standards are quoted as saying “We would be hard pushed to identify a town or city where there isn’t a clocker or a number of clockers operating”continue reading
Many leasing companies and those trading in BMW cars would often refer to the brand as ‘bullet proof’, the context normally referring to their reliability and strong residual values. There is however, another more practical side to the description…continue reading
We’re really excited to be launching our ‘new’ New Car Search Engine. It’s the first product of our recent partnership with Jato dynamics and gives consumers the ability to compare multiple makes and model of cars across a variety of different headings.continue reading
The three year sponsorship agreement which begins following the 2011 National Leagues will see Skoda Ireland invest approx €200,000 into the Premier County per annum. As part of this sponsorship agreement, Skoda and Tipperary GAA officially unveiled the new 2011 Jersey at Croke Park on Tuesday 19th April.continue reading
I do have a certain penchant for the smell of a new car and when Skoda called to see if I’d like to drive one of their new Fabia’s for a week I was happy to take them up on the offer.
Only 1.4, yet with the Super AND Turbo charged performance it was almost as if the engine wanted to jump out of the car and I was holding it back by the steering wheel.continue reading
A recent report from the BBC shows that nearly one out of every 39 cars taking an MOT vehicle test have had their mileage altered or “clocked” to show a lower figure.continue reading
Irish designer Orla Kiely has brought her own distinctive style to the Citroen DS3 for a limited run of 500 vehicles.
In this video, Paul Hunt Marketing Manager at Citroen Ireland took a moment to explain the unique appeal of this limited edition car.continue reading
Claire bought her car last year and has started to encounter some expensive repairs. She checked its’ history online with Motorcheck only to find out that it had potentially been clocked. Now she’s in the process of negotiating with the dealer who accepts that there’s a problem with the mileage but so far has refused to take the car back.
What can she do?continue reading
Motorcheck.ie is the first and only car history company to obtain a licence for Jato’s current and historic data and we’re very excited about the delivery of their data alongside our VRM (vehicle registration mark) lookup service.
Customers can now access specification and pricing information that relates to any vehicle registered new in Ireland since 1994 directly from its registration number.continue reading
One of our favourite partners, Merlin Car Auctions has been awarded the highly respected accolade of Deloitte Best Managed Company at an award ceremony held in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last Friday (4th March 2011continue reading
The Irish Motoring Show Xccelerate gets into gear for its third series and Motorcheck is delighted to be featured. Xccelerate will be roaring onto Irish screens for its third season launching on Tuesday 8th March 2011 at 10.30pm on TV3. The only motoring programme on Irish television, Xccelerate is produced in Ireland, with Irish cars,...continue reading
Get your hands on a free pass to the Irish Motor Show. Simply like this post on facebook. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis so hurry!
If you’re outside the Dublin area we’ll need to get them in the post for you tonight so don’t delay, ‘like’ us now.continue reading
Mooney’s are the first dealer in Ireland to implement their ‘Cash for Cars’ service through Motorcheck and they’ve asked us to spread the word. They have plenty of cash waiting for good quality used cars so if you’re thinking of selling a car for cash why don’t you fill in the form and see what Mooney’s will offer you.continue reading
Warren Coakley of Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15 was putting his baby into the back of his Audi A4 when it was stolen right before his eyes.
The Car is an Audi A4 registered 05D88450 in the colour ‘Dolphin Grey’. It has-line badges to front, rear passenger doors and back under TDi badge (added after the pictures shown). Any assistance in tracking down the car would be most appreciated.continue reading
Whilst the industry is understandably encouraged by the success of the scrappage scheme other commentators point out that the Government’s tax return might not be as good as it could have been.continue reading
The latest statistics from the Motorcheck Car Index show that new car registrations in Ireland have gotten off to a strong start recording a 41% increase in new registrations against the first ten days in 2010.continue reading
Would you like to receive daily updates on the number of new cars registered on Irish roads? Sign up to this new free service that delivers registration statistics and news from the Motorcheck blog on a daily or weekly basis.
See how registrations for 2011 compare with 2010 on a daily basis direct to your email! New Cars, Commercials and Motorcycles – we’ve got it all covered!continue reading
Motorcheck.ie welcomes the launch of a public consultation process by the Dept. of Transport and the Road Safety Authority seeking views on the development of proposals to regulate written-off vehicles in Ireland.continue reading
In this post we take a look at how negative equity is effecting motorists on hire purchase agreements and explore a little known mechanism for ending an agreement early. Known as the ‘half rule’ it could save you thousands!continue reading
In this video blog, Motorcheck sits down with Bob Flavin, the man behind Irish motoring blog Smokerspack.com and hears how an episode of Dragons Den inspired him to follow his passion.continue reading
It’s a story of Irish ingenuity, hard work and determination, plus a timely reminder that even with the odds stacked against them the Irish are capable of taking on the best in Europe and coming out on top.continue reading
According to Recruitauto.ie the recession has bottomed out and Auto Industry employers are looking to recruit and start growing their businesses again for the future.continue reading
Speaking in London this week, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt said the company plans to place a massive order for Electric Vehicles.
He confirmed that half of GE’s sales force of about 45,000 will drive EVs meaning the numbers required will be in the tens of thousands.continue reading
Garda begin ‘Operation Shannon’ in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin with the safe retrieval of 2 stolen cars and a further 4 in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.continue reading
Motorcheck.ie visits Ireland’s first Motorway Service Station.
50 times the size of an average petrol station Joe Barrett, Apple Green’s MD takes us through the range of services on offer.continue reading
Did you know that there’s a demand for qualified mechanics all over Ireland?
Jon Pulsford of Autodirectjobs.ie tells Motorcheck about it and introduces us to his new service.continue reading
Mark O’Byrnes is one step ahead of most prospective electric car owners as he has already installed an electric motor on his bicycle.
In this post, Mark, a self confessed ‘electric enthusiast’, shares his knowledge on the upcoming electric cars, exciting developments in battery technology and takes a look at the holy grail that is Nuclear fusion.continue reading
The Motorcheck FuelCard has been offering Motorcheck customers a fixed price on petrol and diesel at Topaz outlets for just over two years now. The card has been extremely well received and we thought it was high time that it had a place of its own on the web.
Say hello to – http://www.fuelcard.ie. To celebrate its arrival, Topaz have given us two special offers for all current (and future) card holders.continue reading
Mini drivers beware! In the ‘Juke’ Nissan feel they have come up with something that’s going to muddy the waters a bit.
In this video blog Nigel Brennan at Hutton & Meade introduced me to the car that’s described by Nissan as having an infectious energy that’s out in the city and highly contagious.
If you’re someone who chooses to have your car serviced at an independent garage (by independent I mean ‘non-franchise’) you probably do so because you know and trust the mechanic who’ll be working on your car.
But what about the parts that are used? Are they up to the job? Would you know the difference between an ‘OEM’ (Original Equipment Manufacturer) from an ‘OE’ (Original Equipment) part? Indeed, is there a difference?continue reading
Replacing the popular 147 model, the Giulietta will be Alfa’s new representative in the C Segment – a very important part of the market for fleet and consumer buyers alike.
Cyril McCabe, Fleet Director for Alfa Romeo talked me through the car that was recently awarded the title of the safest Euro NCAP rated compact ever!continue reading
Whilst we don’t have any official statistics on the number of cars being repossessed in Ireland, when RTE’s The Consumer Show called us, we thought it was high time we conducted a survey of the current market and tried to uncover the chances of buying a used car with outstanding finance.
Read on to see the results of our survey and the segment of The Consumer Show that was aired last night.continue reading
I owe Tommy Davitt at Donohoes a big ‘thank you’ for showing me the new Mini Countryman this weekend.
When he mentioned he had one being prepped for yesterdays launch I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a peek.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the mini having owned one for a very brief spell 6 years ago but had to let it go as my better half wasn’t happy with the boot space. Included below is a some video of the Mini One Diesel I saw on the day.continue reading
Tommy Davitt, General Sales Manager at J Donohoe BMW took time out to tell me about his current best sellers, the impact changes to the current VRT system was having on his business and the future of the electric car for Wexford drivers.continue reading
‘Muscle Cars’ – American two-door, rear-wheel-drive, mid-size cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s equipped with large, powerful V8s and sold at an affordable price for street use and drag racing. Not exactly what you’d expect to find in the Dublin / Meath & Kildare area?continue reading
Founded just as the Irish economy crashed, you might have thought the timing of the Irish Cannonball to be a little off but a visit to the start line in Merrion Square this weekend proved just how popular this event has become.continue reading
A friend of mine called me up this morning asking if I’d heard about the new tactics being used by armed gangs in Ireland.
According to her, the ploy being used to trap the innocent victim is an abandoned car seat by the road…with a fake baby in it. The idea being that an unsuspecting passer by will stop and check on the abandoned baby making themselves an easy target for the ‘gang’ behind the scheme.continue reading
In the final of three articles addressing the drastic drop in new car sales, Paul Carroll looks at the upcoming challenges facing consumers. Many consumers recognise the value in purchasing used cars, in particular 2 to 3 year old cars that have depreciated on average by 25-35%. The 2 to 3 year old used car...continue reading
From their renewal date in 2011, all taxi and hackney licences may be granted only to vehicles that are less than nine years old.
This means that a significant number of taxis currently operating on Irish roads will no longer be able to do so when the new regulations come into force in January 2011 and it is expected that many of these cars will be disposed of in the private marketcontinue reading
The second in a three part series, Paul Carroll looks at the potential losses facing Government from the motor industry.
We take a look at 3 possible solutions that could ensure a better environment for the industry, the Government and most importantly the consumer.
I was invited along to the Radisson hotel in Stillorgan to test drive the first all-electric Nissan LEAF this week. It’s not often that a car makes such an impact that I decide to order one there and then!continue reading
In the first of a three part analysis, Paul Carroll of Touchbase Technology Ltd looks at the recent decline in new car sales and explores future consequences for the industry.continue reading
As you know dishonest sellers will do just about anything to sell a car. Some of the methods used to deceive people require skill and a certain level of ‘expertise’ (forging logbooks, modifying VIN numbers, etc.).
Others however need nothing more than a bottle of Tipp-Ex to execute a con and you’d be surprised how many of us fall for the latter.continue reading
It’s been a busy week stuffing envelopes with free gift cars from Topaz and I’m pleased to say that the promotion has been extended for a further three months.
If you haven’t applied for a card yet – what are you waiting for? It’s free!continue reading
In terms of new cars sold ‘per dealer’, Renault are out in front with 286 cars per dealership ahead of VW with 200 cars per dealer.
To see the breakdown for the Top 10 read on…continue reading
Having witnessed over 45 examples of circular black tyre tracks in Donegal over the weekend, Motorcheck.ie asks the question – Is joyriding on public roads a problem confined to the north-west or a phenomenon that’s becoming commonplace nationwide?continue reading
Unexpected repairs can be an unwelcome source of anxiety but most of us are resigned to the fact that keeping a car in good condition means having it serviced by a reputable mechanic that we trust to give us decent value for money.
But what happens if for one reason or another you lose that trust and suspect that you’re being taken advantage of? A lady who described herself as a ‘Concerned Female Motorist’ writes to us with just this problem.continue reading
McKeown Motors – main dealers for BMW, MINI, Opel, Mitsubishi, Kia and Peugeot for 30 years in Co. Meath closed their doors yesterday and Cashel Motor Works main dealers for Volvo, Peugeot and Citroen in Co. Tipperary are due to close on the 29th of this month.
Both were well established dealerships with excellent reputations nationwide – so why would they be going out of business if as SIMI suggest “with this upturn in business, garages can start to re-employ staff they had to let go last year”.continue reading
The 63% fall in car sales in 2009 is only now beginning to show its effects in the used car market. Small numbers of new cars being registered means small numbers of used cars entering the market as part exchanges which in turn contributes to a knock-on effect for the supply of used cars for years afterwards.
Our UK neighbours are experiencing similar problems and a recovery in sterling against the euro has hampered our ability to jump across the water and simply import the required quota.
All this points to an increased demand for quality used cars and we all know what effect supply outweighing demand can have.continue reading
A sun-drenched weekend set the scene for Prodrift’s first time in the capital city at the Citywest Exhibition Centre for Round 3 of the Irish series. Expectations were high for this event, as fans and drivers alike were eagerly anticipating what was on offer, and for all involved it did not disappoint.
I promised Ian and the guys at Prodrift that I’d try and put my experiences at Round 3 of the Prodrift Irish Series at Citywest into words for the Motorcheck blog. It’s not as easy as you might imagine and I wasn’t surprised when I found out later that Sunday morning was considered one of the best drift events ever witnessed in Ireland.continue reading
Expect some famous faces at Merlin Car Auctions this week as an Audi R8, one of only 18 sold in Ireland in 2008, goes under the hammer.
Originally costing more than 200,000 Euro the guide price at Merlin is expected to be a fraction of that at…..continue reading
Andrew Barry tells us about a car he had paid a deposit on and was about to buy until he ran a Motorcheck car history check on it.
It never ceases to amaze us what unscrupulous sellers will do to move a car with a troubled history.continue reading
A recent crackdown by Customs and Revenue officers in the northern counties where a stand-off developed between Customs Officials and a Donegal Woman prompted one Irish man to set up a group on Facebook aptly named “Ban VRT Now”.
Originally designed as a replacement for Irish excise charges that were no longer possible under the EU single market, VRT is now part and parcel of every car purchase in the Republic of Ireland. Motorcheck.ie takes a look at the legality of Ireland’s Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and reports on growing support for its abolishment.continue reading
Efforts are ongoing to identify stolen vehicles which have been originally stolen in Ireland, had UK identities put on them and are then resold to Irish customers as UK imports.
Motorcheck looks at how this latest scam is being conducted and what you can do to avoid being duped.continue reading
If you’re thinking about buying a used car privately be prepared to ask a lot of questions. If this makes you uncomfortable why not bring someone along to do the asking for you?
The following email arrived into the Motorcheck help-desk last week. It’s a great example of how someone buying a used car should question all the information available.continue reading
A persistent problem that causes your car to fail the NCT not once but twice can be very annoying and troublesome oil leaks are a common cause of failing the NCT.
Nell wrote to us about her Audi A6 that has failed the NCT on two separate occasions because of this problem. We asked our resident expert Shane O’Donoghue for some advice…continue reading
Amanda’s Opel Astra was a perfectly healthy car before problems with its timing belt started an expensive chain of events.
Shane O’Donoghue from Completecar.ie takes a look at the issues…..continue reading
A big welcome to Ireland’s new free and independent advice experts on the Motorcheck blog.
Two of the best in the business, Paddy Comyn and Shane O’Donoghue have launched a new advisory service at Completecar.ie and graciously agreed to answer any technical questions Motorcheck customers may have, here at Motorcheck.ie.continue reading
The latest figures for 2010 from An Garda Síochána show that there have been 68 traffic fatalities recorded up until 9am on May 11th. That’s down 24 (26%) for the same period in 2009 when 92 people lost their lives on Irish roads.
Despite the reduction in road fatalities poor behavior behind the wheel continues to put other drivers and road users at serious risk. The following pictures from Wreckedexotics.com serve as a useful reminder for us all of the devastating consequences that reckless driving can have.continue reading
Identifying a ‘lemon’ from a genuinely reliable car is something even the professionals can make mistakes with and they appraise trade-ins every day of the week.
PJ McKenna, one of Ireland’s leading car traders tells Motorcheck what he looks out for when buying a used car…continue reading
A German firm called “Style Your Garage” creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if it’s showing the interior of your garage, and what’s in it!
You can have anything from a formula one racing car to a dumper truck or plane.continue reading
This week’s announcement of a €5,000 grant for electric car purchases is welcome on the surface, but does pose more questions.
Paddy Comyn asks some hard questions about the incentives on offer…continue reading
The Irish Government together with the ESB (Electricity Supply Board) and The Renault -Nissan Alliance put pen to paper today to sign a historic agreement that will see Ireland become one of the first countries in the world to import Electric Cars.continue reading
North County Dublin now boasts an international racing star as Donabate teenager Gary Thompson prepares to take part in the upcoming Japanese Formula 3 series.
Gary’s the youngest entrant on the grid and the first Irish person to take part in the series.continue reading
No it’s not an april fool prank – today’s statistics from the Motorcheck.ie Car Index show an increase of 90% for passenger vehicles registered in Ireland as against the same month in 2009 (7,291 registered in March 2009 as against 13,861 for March 2010).
The figures show that sales fell between February and March by 605 units in 2009. However statistics for 2010 demonstrate a clear u-turn with registrations actually increasing by 1,544.
Motorcheck looks at this new trend in car sales…continue reading
The current public sector go-slow is costing Irish dealers 2.5 Million Euro in unpaid scrappage rebates.
Dealers are being forced to directly subsidise the Government scrappage scheme while also acting as tax collectors by paying VRT and VAT every time a new car is registered. Can they afford it?continue reading
This Electric Vehicle will be used by Mitsubishi for testing purposes in advance of a Government target that 10% of all vehicles on Irish roads will be fully electric by 2020.
The i-MiEV is an impressive indication of what’s coming to Ireland. It boasts a top speed of 130 kph with a range of 160km. It can be fully charged in 6 hours and costs less than €2 to charge from a standard plug.continue reading
Car Clocking continues to be a serious problem in Ireland and it appears that UK vehicles are responsible for more than their fair share. A quick look at our March statistics shows that 39% of cars where a mileage discrepancy exists are currently, or have previously, been registered in the UK.
Motorcheck’s national mileage register has in excess of 1.4 million odometer readings but there are a number of ways the detection rate for clocked cars could be substantially increased….continue reading
New regulations governing tinted windscreens & noisy exhausts are set to be introduced on April 1st as part of the National Car Test (NCT).
Motorcheck asks if they’re reasonable changes that will help the ultimate goal of road safety or merely another way to generate revenue from the already heavily taxed motorist?continue reading
The threat of cloned cars being sold in Ireland has significantly increased following a theft of blank registration documents from the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea. Motorcheck peels back the veil on this most dangerous of threats in the used car market.continue reading
According to Autoglass at least one in a hundred of us could be driving with a potentially unsafe windscreen.
So says Alun Donnelly, Operations Development Manager for Autoglass speaking at today’s Irish Autoglass Finals.
If pressed, most of us will admit to having used a mobile phone, sat-nav or even sipped a cup of coffee when driving. These are everyday examples of how easy it is to become distracted when driving and common as they are it begs the question – is anything being done to pro-actively improve safety around driver distractions or is it up to us to improve (and an Garda Siochana to police) our driving habits?continue reading
Use your Motorcheck.ie fuelcard to purchase a minimum of 500 litres in a three month period (that’s roughly 35 litres a week) and qualify for a free €20 gift voucher.
The Motorcheck fuelcard is free of charge, you get 4 weeks interest free credit and a fixed weekly price at 320+ Topaz stations.continue reading
Motorcheck.ie has identified gaps in the current methodology which could lead to thousands of cars operating on Irish roads without notification of urgent repairs called for by the manufacturer.continue reading
The number of recalls processed by the Department of Transport where the manufacturer deemed it necessary to write directly to the registered owner to advise a particular course of action is as yet unconfirmed but it’s expected to be a significant amount (greater than 100k).
This can present a problem for individuals who fear that their vehicle may have been involved in a recall but for one reason or another weren’t informed.continue reading
The latest figures from the Motorcheck.ie Car Index show that sales of new passenger vehicles for January are marginally above the previous record lows of 2009.
Government tax take on VRT set to take a serious hit as Used Car Imports also plummet 47% on 2009 registrations.continue reading
There are over 11,000 cars stolen in Ireland every year. The vast majority of which are recovered within forty eight hours but thousands more go unrecovered and onto the black market as clones, donor cars for parts or exported for sale or breaking in foreign jurisdictions.
What’s not commonly known is that if you as a buyer knowingly purchase a stolen car you are in effect breaking the law and liable for prosecution under the Criminal Justice Act. This post looks at your responsibilities as a buyer and outlines some top tips to avoid buying a stolen car.continue reading
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See how registrations for 2010 compare with 2009 on a daily basis direct to your email! New Cars, Commercials and Motorcycles – we’ve got it all covered!continue reading
Are you planning on importing a used car from Northern Ireland or mainland GB? If so you’ll probably be familiar Ireland’s Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and how difficult it is to calculate. Fret no more – we’ve built Ireland’s most user-friendly VRT Calculator!continue reading
The majority of cars sold in Ireland (over 600,000 new and used cars change hands annually) are subject to one or another kind of finance arrangement but with a banking sector in crisis and finance applications being rejected left right and centre – what options are open to us and who can we turn to for a loan?continue reading
I read this morning that the “Unreserved Liquidation Car Auction” of over 250 cars formally owned by the now closed EP Mooney Motor Group has been postponed until Saturday the 23rd of January at 10am. Bargain? Whilst all eyes are on the 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe (view it’s Motorcheck report here), there are a number...continue reading
Back in the year 2000 Ireland’s drivers registered a record 225,000 new vehicles. That record stands to this day, and since then over 1.5 million new cars have come onto our roads. But which cars have Irish drivers loved the most over the past decade? Let’s take a look and see…continue reading
I noticed in the past few days that the SIMI have published a beta version of their new used car website at www.beepbeep.ie. The tagline reads ‘The Used Car Website You Can Trust’ and the overall message throughout the site is one of ‘Quality Assured Used Cars’ only. Expanding Niche The number of websites offering...continue reading
Following on from our earlier Band A post, here’s the complete list of Band B cars that qualify for the 2010 Irish Car Scrappage Scheme. We’ve included every car in Band B that qualifies here, and you can easily view all the Band A qualifying cars in our initial post (linked to within).
View all Band B qualifying cars after the jump…continue reading
We’ve spent some time wading through the our car database to bring you a full list of cars that qualify for the Irish Government’s recently announced Car Scrappage Scheme. This post includes all cars in Band A that qualify for the scheme, and you can find all the Band B qualifying cars in a follow up post.
View all Band A qualifying cars after the jump…continue reading
When I heard that the ESB had appointed a Managing Director to a newly formed division of the company entitled ‘Electric Vehicles’ I felt a subtle ‘shift in gear’ for the motor industry. Could this mark a significant moment for the introduction of electric cars on a national scale? Are we about to dispel the notion of electric powered vehicles as a ‘concept’ to a grounded ‘reality’ that will shape the face of motoring in Ireland for the next century?continue reading
The opportunity to purchase a new car and save €1,500 doesn’t come along often and now that the dust is starting to settle on the government’s budget speech I thought it would be useful to take a look at any ‘small print’ that usually goes with these incentives. Find out the conditions that apply before you can avail of that €1,500 discount.continue reading
So now it’s official! 2010 will see the introduction of a long awaited for scrappage scheme. But will it make any difference to the catastrophic slump that new car sales have seen this year? Who will benefit from the scheme and what are the options when it comes to trading up? Budget 2010 has introduced...continue reading
I was looking at the vehicle statistics for new car sales in December just now and noticed that the Mitsubishi Pajero currently ranks number one in the Top 10 Models. The VRO figures show that there have been 10 registered this month which is really strange considering it represents over 10% of the total number...continue reading
A new study recently completed by the European Commission has shown that the installation of an Event Data Recorder (EDR or ‘Black Box’ as it’s known in aviation terms) in our cars could lead to improved safety and cheaper repair bills. The research project which cost 2.4 million Euro over a three year period shows...continue reading
Cheryl Cole’s Audi R8 is on the market and could be yours for a meager £66,000 sterling (74,300 EURO plus VRT). On sale at Shawcroft Motors the car is described as follows. Vehicle Description: 2 Doors, Semi-Automatic, Coupe, Petrol, 9,000 miles, Black. AS YOU WOULD EXPECT THIS CAR HAS AMAZING SPEC,EXCLUSIVE EDITION MODEL R8 R...continue reading
An interesting article in today’s Irish Times suggests that more and more mechanics are leaving their current employers to set up shop on their own. With close to a hundred garages already closed this year could we expect an increase in the number of ‘non-franchise’ or ‘independent’ garages selling their services?continue reading
Have you ever wondered which county’s citizens bought the most BMWs this year? Or wondered whether Ireland’s drivers have become more environmentally friendly since new emission-based tax bands were introduced? Not to mention just how many new “White-Van-Man” drivers there are in 2009? Well now you can find out for yourself with our new interactive Vehicle Statistic service. Slice and dice all sorts of weird and wonderful new vehicle registration data for yourself…continue reading
Many of us are suffering at the hands of torrential rain that has caused some of the worst flooding seen in Ireland for many years. Unfortunately cars and water don’t mix well and insurance claims are ‘flooding’ in as a result. For many car owners, finding their pride and joy classed as a ‘total loss’...continue reading
Fears grow for 10,000 jobs in motor industry as prominent multi-franchise dealership EP Mooney announces its closure today. The news comes just weeks after commentators warned there could be 10,000 jobs lost in the motor industry if the government doesn’t provide some sort of stimulus to the troubled sector.continue reading
Since March of this year the Motocheck used vehicle database has identified a 400% increase in the number of mileage discrepencies which often indicate “clocking”. RTE’s Buyer Beware programme on Wednesday the 18th at 8:30pm will uncover the true scale of the problem, and Motorcheck’s Shane Teskey will assist Philip Boucher-Hayes in tracking down real-life clocked cars.continue reading
Cartell, like Motorcheck, offer used car buyers a fantastic service aimed at avoiding the loss of buying a motor vehicle with a hidden past. Here at Motorcheck we’re constantly improving our service, and have recently added Free Valuation Reports and Free Breakdown Cover to our Full Report product.
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Motorcheck is delighted to introduce our panel of ‘Motorcheck Mechanics‘. The panel includes a selection of Ireland’s top mechanics specially chosen by Motorcheck.ie to answer all of your mechanical and technical questions. And best of all? It’s 100% FREE expert advice!continue reading
This morning we were invited into the Ireland AM studios at TV3 to chat with Mark Cagney about some of the more common problems we come across daily. Car clocking, insurance write off’s, outstanding finance and a variety of other important pieces of information we report on for Irish car buyers were all featured.READ MORE »
TextCheck.ie is a new SMS based service from MotorCheck.ie – the Car History People. Text VALUE followed by the Reg to 51155 to receive an instant valuation and a free identity check. A great new service that gives buyers and sellers alike the ability to Benchmark the price of any car (or van) in Ireland.READ MORE »
One piece of news that we couldn’t ignore this week was the new FREE ‘Topaz App’ that was launched. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to seeing in the app store for a while now. Motorcheck provides the data the app uses for its mileage check facility and is a great example of how our automotive data can be used in innovative ways by our business customers.READ MORE »