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Key considerations before choosing the car for you in 2017

While the boom may not be back, people are certainly spending again, with the latest report indicating that almost half of Irish people questioned, plan on buying a car next year. But with such a large purchase, it’s essential to have your facts straight, whether you’re a first time driver or a seasoned pro.

Here are some of the key considerations before choosing the car for you in 2017




Cars are a big investment, so it’s important to consider the cost of owning and running your car as well as how you plan to finance it. Decide your budget in advance and shop around for the best deal your money will buy. Of those planning to buy a car in 2017, found that over 1 in 4 plan to spend up to €40,000.


If you don’t plan on using savings, there are generally three main payment options available to you: a personal/car loan, hire purchase or a personal contract purchase (PCP). In terms of financing Credit Union loans and finance options such as PCP are increasingly popular options according to, with just a quarter of Irish people currently planning to use their savings to buy a car. No matter what you opt for ensure you read all the fine print of what you are committing to.


It’s not just the price of your car you need to take into consideration when choosing a car, but also the day to day running costs, like fuel, tax, insurance and servicing. The average cost of running a car now stands at €250 per month for 54% of Irish people.


The cost of running a car remains one of the key considerations when buying a car. So it’s no surprise that fuel is one of the main factors looked at by Irish motorists. This has seen a growing trend in the numbers opting for diesel vs petrol, with 68% saying the most recent car they purchased is diesel up 14% from 2015, while 32% have a petrol car, down 13% year-on-year. But these aren’t your only options with the latest report showing that sales for petrol/electric hybrids are up 58%, while electric car sales have increased 94% year-on-year.

For more information on the 2016 Motoring Report see


Kingstown Motors:


At Dublin’s Premier Hyundai Dealer – Kingstown Motors Stillorgan are delighted to offer all customers who purchase a new Hyundai with us a Trade & Upgrade bonus offer: Choose from a Scrappage Bonus of up to €5,000 or 5 years free servicing or Free Insurance offer (up to €800). On top of this, all Hyundai’s have an unrivalled 5 Year unlimited mileage Warranty & AA Cover. So book your new Hyundai (all passenger models) with us before December 31st (registered by January 31st 2017) in order to avail of these incredible offers. Call us today to book your test drive.
Ph: (01) 21 31 700 | Web:




Renault has really pulled out all the stops this year and into 2017 with a fantastic line up of newly designed and facelifted models. These include the all new Megane range, all new Scenic and Grand Scenic and new design Clio. With the youngest model range out there and a great 171 offer to boot, Renault are in a really good position in the run up to the busy new year. Following the success of the 162 offer Renault has reintroduced the popular offer for 171.  Now available at Linders Renault Chapelizod, Finglas, & Turvey the 171 offer includes 3% APR Finance, 3 Years servicing and 5 years warranty & roadside assistance. The 3% APR offer applies on PCP and HP across the Renault car range. There is something for everyone in the 171 Renault range.


Wexford Car Centre:


Dynamic and youthful, the all-new Audi Q2 is a compact SUV with some serious style! The most customisable offering yet from the extensive Audi range. The sporty coupé gives you vast exterior and interior design options, like a choice of C-pillar ‘blade’ colours, alloys and an impressive variety of colour options. Pair this with the funky interior cabin with premium materials and the latest in infotainment technologies, such as the Smartphone interface and 7’’ display screen as standard, choice of vibrant inlays and trim options like the adjustable ambient lighting make the Q2 stand out as totally #UNTAGGABLE. Experience it for yourself with a test drive at Audi Wexford, Crosstown.
Phone our Audi Sales Executive Audrey Carlyle on 053 91 92600 or visit


Pierse Motors:


Pierse Motors SEAT is offering 0% finance on Leon & Ibiza models with up to €4000 scrappage, service packs and three years roadside assist/warranty. The stunning award-winning SEAT Ateca is available at just 2.9% finance. Pierse Motors highly recommend you book your test drive in advance as your salesperson will designate more time for you to feel how the car drives. Have a chat with your salesperson about your driving habits and what is most important to you, whether it is comfort, fuel efficiency etc. and they will help you choose the best model for you.
Web: | Ph: 06233222




Cork based Toyota dealer, Lehane Motors, has a host of great 171 Offers available. In addition to these attractive offers, Lehane Motors is delighted to announce a new dynamic 5-door crossover, C-HR, which combines eye-catching design with enhanced driving pleasure. The C-HR comes with Toyota safety sense as standard. The system includes a Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist. High spec models include heated seats, a smart entry system, privacy glass, bespoke upholstery, satellite navigation, Intelligent Park Assist, 18”alloy wheels and Bi-tone metallic paintwork. Along with a petrol model, The C-HR is available in hybrid. Toyota, world leaders in hybrid technology, combine a petrol engine with an electric motor – you never have to plug it in! If you upgrade to Hybrid, you can avail of 5 years free servicing, lifetime roadside assistance and free battery care. The C-HR hybrid is automatic, very quiet, environmentally friendly and with reduced emissions (combined fuel consumption of only 3.7 l/100 km). As with any hybrid, it is extremely economical to run, fuel efficient, and with very low tax of €180.

Web: | Ph: 021481770


Dooley Motors:


Dooley Motors, Carlow has plenty to offer the discerning new car customer for 2017. With unbeatable Real Deal savings on the new Ford car range, a 7 year warranty, a new ST Line up of cars with 0% finance available and heavily discounted 3 Year Service Plans, Dooley Motors can certainly offer a lot more than the rest. Conveniently located off the N80 in Carlow, with flexible opening hours and guaranteed fair trade in values. Dooley Motors, Customer Driven.

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