Used imports 1 Motorpoint dealership with cars on display

Used Imports: UK car industry turmoil means bad news for Irish dealers

Posted by Michael Rochford on 19 February 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

Cheaper used diesels in the UK means a likelihood of more imported used imports & reductions in the sale of new diesel cars here in 2018.

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Kia Optima

Posted by Michael Rochford on 5 February 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The Kia Optima was Kia’s 1st entry into the 4-door family saloon sector, arriving with sexy styling & large interior space & great comfort.

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Should we ban Used Car imports from the UK?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 22 January 2019 in Importing from the UK, News | Comments Off

Motorcheck examines how the prospect of banning Used Car imports from the UK might affect the market.

Well, should we? Some interesting, ‘terrifying’ if you’re looking at them from a certain perspective, figures came out of 2018. 120,000 new cars were sold, a 4.4 per cent decline on the sales of 2017 (which were themselves down on 2016). It’s not a terrible figure, perhaps. Given that the Irish car market collapsed to fewer than half that number in the dark days of the recession, it’s actually not half bad, not least because a majority of those cars are of higher value than they would have been a decade ago

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Volvo V60

Posted by Michael Rochford on 8 January 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

    Years built: 2011 to 2018   Bodystyles: Sports estate (and a saloon too, but that was the S60)       What is it?   Volvo’s mid-size estate was a big step up from the old V40 estate when it first arrived in 2011. Sleeker, sexier, and safer it made thoroughly good use...

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Should we copy the UK, and let learner drivers learn on motorways?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 28 December 2018 in Road Safety | Comments Off

In the UK learner drivers can be given lessons in motorway driving, accompanied by a qualified instructor who are in a dual-control vehicle.

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Electric car 1 RAV 4EV electric badge

Cautious welcome for electric car charging investment

Posted by Michael Rochford on 13 December 2018 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Government’s stated strategy is to to put 500,000 Electric cars on Irish roads & achieve a ban on new sales of non battery powered by 2030.

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Most Popular Christmas Driving Songs In Ireland

Posted by Michael Rochford on 4 December 2018 in Featured, News | Comments Off

The weekend before Christmas, around 40% of people in Ireland expect to drive over 20 miles homeward bound, as they finish work and indulge in last-minute shopping. Luckily, turn on the radio and a Christmas song will never be more than a few seconds away, to keep the festive cheer brimming over! So, in the festive spirit, Motorcheck surveyed 1000 people, asking ‘Which Christmas driving song do you love the most?’ Can you predict the most popular answer in Ireland and do you agree?

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Dacia Sandero

Posted by Michael Rochford on 28 November 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The Dacia Sandero has been quietly providing cheap, no-frills motoring at a temptingly low price. Is it worth a punt on the 2nd hand market?

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Dangers of in-car data

Posted by Michael Rochford on 15 November 2018 in New Cars | Comments Off

Worryingly the cyber-security world warns it has already found ways, using in-car data, to access the door locks & ignitions of cars.

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Mazda 6 1 Red front and side image driving on a road

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Mazda 6

Posted by Michael Rochford on 31 October 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

Mazda, the Mazda 6 included, has a terrific reputation for reliability & solidity that brings into contention with the German sports saloons

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