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  • Plant-based Ethanol in Petrol to Double to 10% from April in Ireland

    As part of measures to reduce carbon emissions, the level of plant-based ethanol in petrol sold on Irish forecourts is set to double from 5% to 10% from April 1st. But what is plant-based ethanol and what does this increase mean for the average motorist in Ireland? Firstly, What is Bio Ethanol? Plant-based bio ethanol is a type of fuel...

  • Most Common Problems with Used Cars in Ireland, and How You Can Avoid Them

    Owning your own car can be a comfortable and convenient way to travel, and for most people, a necessity. However, a typical family car can also be expensive to run and maintain. This is especially true when you purchase a used car with any significant mileage on the clock, as there are a number of problems that you may encounter...

  • What are the Car Tax Rates in Ireland?

    Ireland has a complex system of vehicle taxes, including an annual car tax based on the vehicle's emissions and a one-time registration tax (VRT) when purchasing a new or imported car. Annual road tax is a legal requirement and its primary purpose is to upgrade and maintain the road network in Ireland. The tax system is designed to encourage more...

  • Buying a Used Car With Outstanding Finance

    Buying a used car can be an exciting undertaking, but it's important to be aware of the risks that come with it., particularly if you are inexperienced or unfamiliar with car buying. One of the most significant risks when buying a used car in Ireland is purchasing a car that still has unpaid finance. Here are just some of the...

  • 7 Simple Steps to Reducing Your Car Insurance Premium

    Car insurance is a legal requirement for every car owner, but it can be one of the most significant motoring expenses after purchasing the car itself. Thankfully, there are many simple ways in which to reduce your car insurance premium without sacrificing coverage. Here are some simple but effective ways to lower your car insurance premium. Shop Around at Renewal...



  • The Pros & Cons of Importing a Used Car

    Finding a quality used is not without it’s challenges and the pitfalls associated with buying a second-hand car are never more acute than when buying abroad and undertaking the process of importation. Since Brexit, importing a car from the UK comes with added charges and increased costs and requires careful consideration when establishing the viability of sourcing a car in...

  • Customs & Vat Charges on Cars Imported from UK & Northern Ireland

    Prior to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, a large number of used cars on Irish roads originated in the UK and Northern Ireland. Dealers imported cars in large volumes to address the high demand for quality used cars and many individuals did so in an effort to find a high-spec vehicle while also saving money. While it may...

  • What to do if the car you bought was previously damaged or written off

    Even the most experienced car buyer can fall victim to buying a badly repaired or written off vehicle. Fortunately, there are regulations in place to protect buyers should they end up buying a car which they later discover has been accident damaged or isn't otherwise roadworthy. Before you buy, it’s important to know what protection is available, and to whom...