Opel Zafira

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Opel Zafira

Posted by Michael Rochford on 8 November 2017 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

Good 7-seaters like the Opel Zafira are popular as families realise that they need more seats & space than a conventional car can provide.

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electric cars 1 Blue BMW EV side view

Has the budget tipped the balance in favour of electric cars?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 24 October 2017 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Electric cars bring great value for a low-mile driver buying a used EV, now doubly so for 2018 if you can avail of the 0% business BIK.

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MOT 1 Elevated blue Volvo estate with two engineers in garage

Beware of cars with no MOT

Posted by Michael Rochford on 28 September 2017 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

Any change to the MOT means we need to be more guarded & careful than ever before when buying a car from the UK.

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Tips For Buying A Used Car

Tips For Buying A Used Car, From The RSA

Posted by Michael Rochford on 21 September 2017 in Importing from the UK, Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

We saw a great article on used car buying tips from the RSA (Road Safety Authority) recently. The article has some great independent advice so its well worth a read. It’s the sort of stuff that’s worth repeating again and again. So we’ve condensed most of that and added our own slant.

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Hyundai i30 1 Estate Grey side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Hyundai i30 Estate & Hatchback

Posted by Michael Rochford on 13 September 2017 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

The Hyundai i30 was always well-equipped, especially compared to contemporary competitors such as VW Golfs, Toyota Auris, & Ford Focus models

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Emissions Test 1 Red Audi A3 with Emissions kit

Changing emissions tests will have knock-on effects on vehicle values.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 6 September 2017 in Motorcheck Mechanic | Comments Off

A new range of emissions tests will have a very significant effect on the types of cars we buy, and their second hand values.

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Audi A8 1 Grey side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Audi A8

Posted by Michael Rochford on 30 August 2017 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

The Audi A8 is understated which is not good for show-offs, perhaps, but ideal for those who like luxury with a side order of discretion.

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Clocking 1 Odometer view

PCP is making clocking worse

Posted by Michael Rochford on 23 August 2017 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

The practice of clocking, to boost the value of an ageing car, is as rife as ever, thanks to PCP and their strict mileage limits therein.

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Renault Laguna 1 Mark III Greay on road

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Renault Laguna MkIII

Posted by Michael Rochford on 16 August 2017 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The Renault Laguna was the last big Renault saloon sold on Irish shores. This is certainly a car that deserved better than that.

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motorcheck 2017 new car sales report 1

New Car Sales Down 11.4% to end of July 2017 whilst UK Imports soar

Posted by Michael Rochford on 10 August 2017 in Importing from the UK, New Cars | Comments Off

Its officially the worst July registration period since 2014 with new car sales down to 25,170, but it’s not really all doom and gloom for the Motor Trade, is it?

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