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Tips for selling your used car faster

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If you’ve got a car for sale you’re more than likely very eager to move it as fast as humanly possible.
It may even not only be a want , but a need!
You may need the cash for other pressing needs, so here are several tips to help you get that vehicle out of your name and cash into your pocket ASAP!

Clean it up! – Make sure you present you car in the best condition you can.
Take some time to detail it before you list it, as you don’t want the first people who look (who are often your best prospects: they’re actively looking!) to be put off simply because you haven’t gotten around to it.

Post great pictures – If you list it online or take out a print ad, insert the best photographs you can.
A good picture can often make the difference in whether someone even comes to take a look.

Be honest – Tell the truth about the car’s condition.
Nothing will sour a deal faster than having them discover it on their own.

Have the paperwork at hand – Don’t try and sell it without proper paperwork.
This smells like you’re hiding something at the very least, and makes you look pretty lame.

Emphasize the benefits – Make sure to highlight how your vehicle can help them.
It may be the perfect soccer mom-mobile, delivery truck, chick magnet, whatever.
You need to size up your potential buyer and see what their needs are, and try and fill them!

Price it right! – Determine a fair market price, and then add a bit for haggling purposes.
Know in your mind what you’ll accept and what you won’t, and stick to it.

These tips will give your car the best chance to be seen and purchased by someone for the best price you can get for it – and fast!
Good Luck with your ad.

August 6th, 2009

Don’t throw out your road atlas

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The days of paper maps may not be numbered after all as one in five motorists say their satellite navigation system has been taking them the wrong way.

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More than a third of users said satnavs caused them uncertainty or confusion, with 11% reckoning they led to lost concentration, a survey of more than 2,000 people by Direct Line insurance found.

26% of satnav users said the system had tried to make them go through a no-entry sign or somewhere vehicles were prohibited.

21% had been taken to the wrong place, while 19% said it caused them to dawdle or hesitate on a busy road.

18% said satnavs had reduced their awareness of what was going on around them, while 10% had made a dangerous, late or illegal turn.

7% said satnavs had caused them to be late because of an unrealistically short journey time.

3% said satnavs caused them to break road rules, while 2% said they had led to an accident or a near-miss.

Maggie Game, head of motor insurance for Direct Line, said: ‘Motorists need to realise that while satnavs are a helpful navigation tool, drivers should not follow their instructions to the detriment of road safety.

‘If a satnav system gives you an instruction which is likely to endanger other road users, you should ignore it,’ she said.

‘Satnavs are designed to make driving easier and safer. However, they will only do this if you take the time to learn how to properly use a system and understand the benefits of the technology.’

Katie Shephard, head of corporate liaison at road safety charity Brake, said: ‘We have some very serious concerns about satnavs which give on-screen instructions or pictures for the driver to follow. This is because there is a danger that the driver will concentrate on looking at the satnav rather than the road.’

“I’d urge anyone considering buying a satnav to consider if they can use it and still be safe on the road,” she said.

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July 21st, 2008

Fuel Prices Rocketing – What Can We Do?

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This is a copy of an email I got today. Keep reading and you will realise it makes a lot of sense.
The email came from UK, so is targeting petrol stations across UK mainland, but if WE (here in Ireland) could do the same thing, it might work….

See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it
We are hitting 123.9 a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying 2.00 a ltr. Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea:This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the 'don't buy petrol on a certain day campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't
continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.
Please read it and join in!Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market place
not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not
purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. Here's the idea:
For the rest of this year DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP.If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Esso and BP petrol buyers. It's really simple to do!!

Now, don't wimp out at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the
message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and
pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it... ...


Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all.(and not buy at ESSO/BP) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt,
all 30
0 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8days!!! Acting together we can make a difference If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.


It's easy to make this happen. Just forward this email, and buy your petrol at Shell, Asda,Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons Jet etc. i.e. boycott BP and Esso

Something like this can be easily done here in Ireland as well, of course, targeting our own largest fuel suppliers.

 So what do you think?

June 26th, 2008

MotorCheck It – Used Car History Check

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Used Car History Check is the new addition to our websites available on &

MotorCheck It! also known as AutoCheck, will allow you to verify the history of a used car by registration number.
There are three reports available:

1. Description, History and Finance Check (Recommended) – for just €35.00
It represents a combination of Car Description & History Check plus Finance Check both listed below.
It will confirm whether or not this vehicle is subject to a finance agreement, includes a complete vehicle description as well as an odometer history check.

2. Description & History Check – for just €22.50
This is a comprehensive report on the “CAR MAKE MODEL registered REG. NO.
It includes a complete vehicle description as well as an odometer history check.

3. Finance Checkfor just €20.00
This is a finance check on the “CAR MAKE MODEL registered REG. NO.“.
It will confirm whether or not this vehicle is subject to a finance agreement.

Simply enter a registration number in the form provided to begin and you will have a detailed vehicle history at your fingertips in seconds.

The official records contained in the vehicle history check report come from official government sources as well as private industry practitioners.
Regardless of what you wish to check, MotorCheck It! history report, checks the vehicle’s identification (VIN Number), its NCT and road tax history, whether its even been classed as a write off, been recorded as stole in our stolen vehicle register or has finance outstanding.

February 20th, 2008

Advice for Female Drivers

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A bit of useful advice – verified by the  Gardaí

The number (112) does work from a mobile phone.
This actually happened to someone’s  daughter. Alice (not real name) was 19 yrs old and in college.
This story takes place over the Christmas / New Year’s holiday break.
It was the Saturday before New Year and it was about 1.00pm in the afternoon, and Alice was driving to visit a friend, when an UNMARKED Garda car pulled up behind her and put its lights on.

Alice’s parents have 4 children (of various ages) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get to a service station, etc.
So Alice remembered her parents’ advice, and called 112 from her mobile phone.
This connected her to the Garda dispatcher, she told the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her and that she would not pull over right away but wait until she was in a service station or busy area.

The dispatcher checked to see if there was a Garda car where she was and there wasn’t and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way.
Ten minutes later 4 Garda cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her.

One Garda went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind.
They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground…….the man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.
I never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you do not have to pull over for an UNMARKED car.

Apparently Gardaí have to respect your right to keep going to a “safe” place.
You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them i.e., put on your hazard lights) or call 112 like Alice did.

Too bad the mobile phone companies don’t give you this little bit of wonderful information.
So now it’s your turn to let your friends know about 112 (112 is an emergency number on your mobile that takes you straight to the Gardaí because 999 does not work if you have no signal).

This is good information that I did not know and I hope it can be useful to others as well!

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January 17th, 2008

Prepare your car for winter

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The winter is coming and now is the time to start getting your car ready.
We have put together few things to help you go through this with as little trouble as possible.

1. Have the cooling system checked and replaced if needed – new antifreeze is the best option.
2. Before adding the new cooling system, have a quick check for leaks.
3. Check the radiators and hoses to be in good shape.
4. Check fan belt for cracks or wear. Have them replaced if needed.
5. Check all wipers for tear and wear. Best have them replaced as they are not that expensive.
6. Get the brakes checked and replace brake pads if needed.
7. Check your tyres for wear and tear including pressure (check the manual for the right pressure).
8. Make sure your spare tyre is ready for use – right air pressure and good tread.
9. Check your heater, and windows defroster / defogger – make sure are in working condition.
10. Check your battery and replace it if needed so.
11. Have your charging system checked out.
12. Always have plenty gas in your tank.
13. Always have emergency equipment in your car. This includes: Starter Cables (jump start leads), it’s worth the money to invest into a Emergency Battery Jumpstart, a flash light (few spare batteries), first aid kit, few basic tools (screw-driver, spanners, etc.), a blanket, always carry a mobile phone or small change for public phones, anything that you might think it could come in handy.

The time you spend preparing your car for winter, will pay off  when you have to travel during that time.

Please Note:  Drive more carefully during the winter time, do not exceed speed limits and remember the car is only as safe as its driver is careful.

If you prefer to leave this job to the professionals you can always book your car on-line for a service on our website: Book you car for service. 

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November 7th, 2007

Importing a used car in Ireland – Why and How?

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There are many advantages for importing a used car to Ireland.
 1. Cost – Used cars (e.g. UK, N. Ireland) cost a lot less even after paying the import duties, taxes, shipping, etc.
2. Extras – Beside the price, most cars imported seems to have a higher specification, due to VRT cost for the extra add-ons (e.g. trim, leather, air conditioning, etc.)

Importing a used car in Ireland is not that difficult, but you do need to do your homework and pay attention,, as mistakes can be made and could be irreversible. For example if you are going to import from UK or N. Ireland, best is to travel and check the car out yourself or have a mechanic with you. If you are going to import from Japan, traveling is not really an option, due to cost involved and language barrier, but if you have friends that imported from Japan before, ask them where they found it and how did they proceed.

When you bring the car from another country to Ireland, you must have at hand proof of ownership (vehicle registration documents, receipt for payment made, Certificate of Permanent Export, etc).

On arrival in Ireland, you need to pay the import duties and taxes as listed below:
1. Import Duty – 10% of the price you have paid for the car (if imported from non EU country).
2. VAT  – The VAT rate is 21%  and applies to the value of the car + Import Duty (if imported from non EU country).
3. VRT – Vehicle Registration Tax which must be paid by the end of the next day, following its arrival in Ireland. This can be done by filling out a VRT4 form which can be downloaded here: VRT4 download. To get a VRT estimate, you can go here: VRT calculator available from the revenue website.

Once you have all the taxes paid, with the documents given to you by the VRT office, you can go to any motor-factors to get a set of number plates printed with the registration number provided on the papers which has to be displayed within 3 days, and tax the car for the first time in Ireland using the RF100 form giving to you by the VRT office as well. Once your car is taxed, the new Irish registration certificate will be posted to your home address in a matter of days.

If you import a used car into Ireland that is over 4 years old, you need to go through the NCT (National Car Testing) process, which is due from the date is has been first registered in the country of origin. The NCT test can be booked on-line at

That’s all there is to it and it might seem complicated but is not, so good luck with your car hunting.

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October 13th, 2007