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High Motor insurance premiums have no easy fix

Posted by Michael Rochford on 25 July 2017 in Ask the Experts | Comments Off

Higher Motor insurance cost stems from spiraling payouts, increased claims, & the loss of market players leaves Insurers racking up losses.

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Hybrid cars : Buying a car in 2017? Buy a hybrid then…

Posted by Michael Rochford on 25 January 2017 in Ask the Experts, New Cars, News, Used Cars | No comments

    Well, I think most of us will have waved good bye to 2016 with no small sense of relief, and while 2017 holds many an unknown for all, surely it can’t be as bad as last year? Can it? Well, we can at least offer one certainty for the coming year and that...

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Reliability Surveys : Is the most reliable car on sale really the most reliable?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 25 October 2016 in Ask the Experts, Motorcheck Mechanic, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

Reliability surveys – a cared for, well serviced car will be a safer bet than a listed reliable brand that has not been properly cared for.

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Santa’s Sleigh

Posted by Michael Rochford on 21 December 2015 in Ask the Experts, Featured, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

Santa’s sleigh luggage space is the real selling point – room for toys & treats for every child, plus some space for a few lumps of coal.

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Learner driver cars – Keeping our kids safe.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 13 January 2015 in Ask the Experts, Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The quality of learner driver cars is examined here. We review the safety features and records of the range of learner cars in the Irish market

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Car safety – Keeping safe on the road this Christmas.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 11 December 2014 in Ask the Experts, Road Safety, Used Cars | No comments

A bit jocular, but a serious issue of car safety and one that’s useful for highlighting the dangers of driving on the road at Christmas.

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Pass Your NCT with our 10-Minute 10-Point Check

Posted by Michael Rochford on 19 May 2014 in Ask the Experts, Featured, Road Safety | No comments

If you want to pass your NCT there are some very quick visual checks that you can make before attending the test that will dramatically increase your chances of passing first time. Just follow this helpful 10-Minute 10-Point check

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Not just smaller; better

downsizing your car? Not just smaller; better.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 29 January 2014 in Ask the Experts, New Cars, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

  A recent spin in the rather impressive new Hyundai i10 has got me thinking – we should all be buying smaller cars. Downsizing your car was supposed to have become a global phenomenon some time ago, and indeed it’s still supposed to be; sales of A-Segment (that’s city cars to you and me, or...

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Floods of tears. Flood damaged cars

Posted by Michael Rochford on 17 January 2014 in Ask the Experts, Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

  We all saw, both at first hand and in photos and on the telly, the swathe of destruction which the winter storms wrought on the south and west coasts of Ireland. Millions of Euro worth of damage was done, and of course our cars suffered as part of that. Remember those photos of the...

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Ford Focus MkIII

Posted by Michael Rochford on 16 January 2014 in Ask the Experts, Used Cars | No comments

Years built: 2011-date Bodystyles: Five-door hatchback, four-door saloon, five-door estate What is it? Well, it’s the Focus – that perfect everyman’s car which manages to combine economy and practicality with the sort of pin-sharp chassis and steering responses that would put many supposed sports cars to shame. This is the third generation of Focus, and...

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