clocking 1 Spanner interfering with an odometer dial

Pan-European mileage register will be vital in the war against clocking

Posted by Michael Rochford on 6 June 2018 in Car Clocking | Comments Off

This week European MEPs have voted in favour of a resolution that would see ‘clocking’ made a fully criminalised action in all EU states.

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Opel Meriva 1 Blue front and side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Opel Meriva

Posted by Michael Rochford on 30 May 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

If you’re looking for maximal interior space, yet minimal exterior size & running costs, a 2nd Gen Opel Meriva could be just the car for you

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Electric car 1 3 electric cars charging at stations with tram in background

Apparently everyone’s going to buy an electric car …

Posted by Michael Rochford on 15 May 2018 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Research indicates that it will be 2033 before electric cars become ‘mainstream’ & probably up to 2050 before they take over entirely.

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BMW i3 1 Blue fromt and side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: BMW i3

Posted by Michael Rochford on 2 May 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The BMW i3 is one of the best battery-powered cars of recent years & with affordably priced used cars emerging a great choice for EV driving.

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Ford S-Max 1 Grey side view on mountain road

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Ford S-Max

Posted by Michael Rochford on 25 April 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The secret of the Ford S-Max is that it is actually a very good to drive, the last bastion of driving enjoyment for those with lots of kids.

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Keeping safe from car theft

Posted by Michael Rochford on 18 April 2018 in Motorcheck Mechanic | Comments Off

While car theft is common it is not usually a violent crime. If you are vigilant & informed you’ll be doing a lot to keep it at arm’s length

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Keeping running costs under control.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 21 March 2018 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

With mileage of Irish drivers, on average, increasing again last year we review the major running costs & how they can be managed/minimised.

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Mini Countryman 1 Green side view outdoors

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Mini Countryman

Posted by Michael Rochford on 6 March 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

A bewildering choice of variants that doesn’t deter customers & often the Mini Countryman has made up as much as 50% of Mini’s total sales.

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Write offs 1 Man in hat breaking window of car

Which cars are more likely to be write offs?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 19 February 2018 in Importing from the UK | Comments Off

Given the number of cars imported into Ireland yearly keep your eyes open for write offs when it comes to buying any car, from any source.

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Honda Insight 1 IMA Hybrid White Side View

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Honda Insight IMA Hybrid

Posted by Michael Rochford on 7 February 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

With a low-slung & tear-drop shape the Honda Insight looked the part, and with its IMA hybrid powertrain provided a sharp driving experience.

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