A New Way of Looking at Vehicle Statistics...

Have you ever wondered how many Harley Davidsons were registered in Wexford this year? Perhaps you have a burning desire to find out what the most popular colour in the Ford Focus was for 2008? If so, I'm hoping you'll find our new vehicle statistic service a useful way to browse new vehicle registrations for Ireland.

Slicing and Dicing New Car Registration Data

As you can imagine crunching numbers is a fundamental part of the working day at Motorcheck, and we've always thought it would be great if new vehicle information was available in a very user-friendly format. Waiting for someone else to do it didn't seem to be working, so we decided to develop our own stats application which we're delighted to share with you here on the Motorcheck blog. We've tried to make everything as simple as possible while also giving you some serious power to slice, dice and analyse the data. Here's a couple of tips to help you use the app.

Browsing Categories

We've divided all new vehicle registrations into 3 categories - Passenger Vehicles, Motorcycles and Commercial Vehicles. You can move through these simply enough by clicking on the tabs at the top of the options area:
Main Options Controls

Sort and Filter Data for Maximum Insight

You can quickly see how the top 10 makes and models have faired in one year relative to another (and this year there's a lot of red on the charts...). By adding a further filter you can see which car is most popular in any county (Sligo says 'UP THE VW GOLF!'). It's also possible to view the top 100 makes and models (only available when not using the compare fucntion). But these reports are just the tip of the iceberg. We've included a tonne of options to let you really drill down into the vehicle registration data. Here are the options you can use to sort and filter the data:

  • Year - select the year you'd like to view
  • From - your start month
  • To - your end month
  • County - if you'd like to filter by any county use this drop-down
  • Make - this option allows you to filter by any car make
  • Model - if you filter by Make a second drop-down will appear where you can then filter by model
  • Registration Type - allows you to filter by new registrations, imports, or both
  • Compare Year - probably the most powerful feature, allows you to compare any 2 years

Check out the 'Make' option! This gives you an opportunity to select a specific manufacturer and view all or one of their model range. If you'd like to separate 'New Registrations' (as in 'brand spanking new' vehicles) from 'Imports' (cars with a previous date of registration before the current year) you can do so using the 'Registration Type' filter. And if your feeling nostalgic - you can take your carefully narrowed search and compare it to previous years using the 'Compare Year' filter (check out the drop in Land Rover sales - ouch!)

Getting At Serious Stats

When you first load the application you'll quickly see just how deep and rich the data is. Here's a quick run down of each reportlet:

Top 10 Makes and Models

These reportlets are self-explanatory, showing you the top 10 makes and models for the selected time period. Things get really interesting when you select two years to compare:
Top 10 Makes and Models
You can quickly see how the top 10 makes and models have faired in one year relative to another.

Emissions and Fuel Types

Curious how fuel-efficient our new cars are based on the CO2 bands used by the Irish Government? Or want to see just how popular diesel cars have become in 2009? No problem, we've got all that covered:
CO2 Emissions and Fuel Types

Petrol/Diesel, Top Colours & Body Types

You can also see which colours and body types are popular, plus which petrol and diesel models are most common on our roads. We've broken down all the data for quick and easy consumption:
Top Petrol/Diesel and Body Types/Colours

County Stats

The final table shows a breakdown of the current data by county. You can see how each county perfomed, or quickly filter by any county by clicking on it in the table (useful to find out what the stats look like just for that county):
Breakdown by County

Custom Reports

If you're a journalist or professional writer looking for fantastic statistics and analysis for your publication we'd be delighted to help out. We can generate custom reports free of charge, and provide you with up-to-date new vehicle registration data. If you would like to request a custom report from the Motorcheck database please contact us today.

Try It Out For Yourself

The application is live - New Car Registration Stats - so why not give it a try now. We'd love to hear how you get on, and what new features would make this application even cooler. We'd also love you to tell your friends, blog about this, or give it a tweet. You can easily grab the link for any report using the handy Get Link button:
Get Link Code
We'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Custom Data

Are you a journalist or motoring writer? We have stats that can really make your copy 'pop', and we'd be more than happy to run custom reports to suit your needs. We can also provide graphs and tabulated data based on the most up-to-date vehicle registration data available in Ireland. Simply CONTACT US today and let us know what you need.

About the Data

All data is derived from official sources, namely the Vehicle Registration Office, and generally speaking we update the database every working day. We spend a lot of time cleaning and filtering the data we receive to ensure your reports are really comprehensive. We provide this data as a courtesy, and hope it will be useful, and offer all data "as is" without assuming responsibility for data accuracy.

Legal Stuff

The data used is compiled from new vehicle registrations provided by the Revenue Commissioners. Whilst Motorcheck endeavors to ensure that the statistics provided are as reliable as possible we do not accept any liability, financial or otherwise, for the accuracy of the data. Motorcheck reserves copyright over our presentation of the data, but would like to point out that the respective rights over all trademarks and logos used remain with the original owners.

barry - February 15, 2010 at 12:32 am
Just wondering why the daily stats updates have reverted to 31st Jan
Shane Teskey - February 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Hi Barry, Thanks for your comment. We have been asked to limit the data to a monthly review for the moment as the Revenue address allegations of 'Commercial sensitivity' around the data. We hope to have it back up and running over the next couple of weeks.
kieran - February 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm
Hi Shane, FOI should prevale. Other countries eg Britian, publish similar imformation in similar format. My view is that this information should be in the public domain. Heres hoping Revenue see sense.
Peter - February 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Hi Shane I just recently discovered the daily stats info on your site and was finding it very useful indeed. Its too bad that facts cant be published!
Shane Teskey - February 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm
Hi Peter, Thanks for the comment. We're hopeful that the stats will be reinstated shortly. It's just a matter of finding a way to remove any 'commercial sensitivities'.
Des - March 08, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Shane, I wonder if you could tell me if it's possible to purchase a 2nd hand car with left drive for use overseas? Thanks Des
Shane Teskey - March 09, 2010 at 9:57 pm
Hi Des, Do you mean is it possible to buy a used car in Ireland that's left had drive and export it to another country for use there? Is there any reason you can't buy a car in the country you'll be using it?
Ryan - March 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm
Great site. Hope you win the blog award. But, just wondering why the daily stats for yesterday (10 March 2010) show no change compared to those for Tuesday. I hope it doesn't mean that no cars or commercial vehicles at all were sold yesterday? Surely the economy isn't that bad. Or have they now forbidden you to publish even these?
Shane Teskey - March 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Hi Ryan, I'll check the stats tomorrow and make sure that they came across okay. Looks like there might have been a bug in the import. Thanks for the support!
Shane Teskey - March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm
Looks like there was a time-lag on the data coming through from the registration office. Additional data arrived the next day.
RayCee - March 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Hello Shane, I think the site is very informative. I don't know of anywhere in the world with such a fine service. In New Zealand, where I am from, car sales data is hard to find. I was wondering why your sales figures by make vary slightly from SIMI?
Shane Teskey - March 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm
Hi Ray, Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately I don't know why they vary from the SIMI's figures. It may have something to do with the way we group them but our ongoing comparisons show them to be pretty close.
Diarmaid - March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am
Is there any chance that the daily stats will be available in future?
Shane Teskey - March 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Hi Diarmaid, Thanks for asking. It's with Revenue at the moment. Unfortunately daily stats are seen by Revenue as 'commercially sensitive' and we've been asked to restrict publication to a monthly basis. If anything changes I'll let you know. I assume you found them useful?
John - April 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm
It is a poor reflection of FOI in this country that the revenue are willing to withold the daily statistics to pander to the request of a few while deneying medium to small motor traders a facility to analyse the true state of sales in the country so that they may have an opportunity to survive and prosper. This information is a right of any motor trader. The commercial sensitivity is only in relation to the "numbers game" played by importers and distributors.
Shane Teskey - April 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Hi John, Thanks for your support. To be fair to the importers most of them have indicated their support for our statistics. We remain hopeful that Revenue will treat the issue in a fair and equitable way that will bring a positive result for all.
Andrew - May 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Hi, thanks for the great statistics and layout. Do you provide any statistics on used car sales? I understand this would come from change of ownership data. Thanks!!
Shane Teskey - May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Hi Andrew, Could you drop me a line outlining what data you need and what you'll be using it for? I'll try to accommodate you if we can.
sue quinn - July 05, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Hi , I'm doing some research on Electric vehicles and think it's great your website gives details on numbers sold. Could you add a table showing the types of electric vehicles sold to date to the petrol and diesel tables? Thanks, Sue
Shane Teskey - July 05, 2010 at 7:26 pm
Hi Sue, Thanks for the comment. That's a great idea! We'll definitely look into it.
Ryan - July 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Hi Shane, it looks as though the daily figure for passenger vehicles for Friday 9 July was not updated this morning. Its showing the same figure as for Thursday 8 July. This happened once before in March (see my post above at the time). Great site still. Ryan.
Shane Teskey - July 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Hi Ryan, The stats are only updated on a monthly basis at the moment. Are you sure you're looking at July as these numbers wont be available until August 1st.
anthony - July 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm
Hi, How do i find out how many commercial vehicles private and company owned are in waterford and waterford city from the the last 3 years? Regards Anthony
Shane Teskey - August 09, 2010 at 8:47 pm
HI Anthony, Unfortunately we don't produce those statistics. I'd advise you to write to the department of transport with your request.
Ryan Price - September 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Shane, Are the figures for new car registrations for yesterday (Sep 16) correct? They show the daily number dropping from around 200 every day this month to just 37 yesterday. Is this credible? If so, any reason? Ryan Price
Shane Teskey - September 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Hi Ryan, Could you send me the URL of the report you're looking at? the stats only update on a monthly basis so I'm not quite sure what you're seeing. S.
Ryan - September 18, 2010 at 11:13 am
Hi again Shane, My suspicions were correct. The figure for Thursday last has just been corrected to 82, 835, which is in line with what I'd expect. So, still on track for over 90k new car registrations in 2010, which is good news. Thanks for a great site. Ryan
Shane Teskey - September 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm
Hi Ryan, Thanks for that. Might have been a delay in the data feed that caused the blip. Thanks for the positive words about the site. We're always trying to improve the service so feedback is always welcome. Shane.
Ward Kinsella - October 05, 2010 at 9:42 am
Hi Shane, Are you not updating the stats any more as its 5th of October and there still only up to the end of August. Thanks, Ward.
Shane Teskey - October 06, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Hi Ward, We're waiting on new access codes from the VRO. There's a fault with the device currently being used so once that's been fixed September's stats will be there. Regards, Shane.
Eric - October 15, 2010 at 8:22 am
Hi Shane, Regarding Motorcycle registrations. -How can I see all Motorcycle models instead of the top 10? Regards, Eric
Shane Teskey - October 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Hi Eric, You can view the top 100 by clicking this link https://www.motorcheck.ie/blog/stats/?cat=2&view_all=models Hope this helps! Shane.
RayCee - October 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm
I notice Kieran said " Other countries eg Britian, publish similar imformation in similar format". I would love to know where that could be viewed if anyone can help. Thanks.
ray - November 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Shane can you supply the registration stats for the scrappage volume in passenger car only?
Raymond Costello - December 01, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Is there a report outlining the scrappage figures for the PC market ? Ta