Imports! There, I’ve said it. It’s an unmentionable word in the Irish car industry but it’s very much the elephant in the corner in any conversation around new cars from a chinwag around the state of the new car market to a one-on-one between the customer and the sales person in the local dealership.
Used car imports have more than doubled in the two years since the UK voted to leave the EU and the knock-on effect has resulted in a four and a half percent dip in new car sales here this year despite a robust economy.
It sounds hellish and it certainly is challenging for the manufacturers but the good news for consumers is that the increased competition from the influx of late model UK machinery is that there are significant deals to be had on new car purchases.
New car price increases have been squeezed, finance offers abound with plenty of 0% options, extended warranty and service agreements proliferate and scrappage offers on trade-ins are especially generous.
The industry wants and needs to move cars off their forecourts and the car buyer is the winner. Buying new offers peace of mind around warranty and the provenance of the vehicle without the hassle of ferry travel and VRT.
It’s all good news for the bargain hunting car buyer with plenty of incentives on offer to attract your attention.
In this 191 edition of Drive – New Car Buyer’s Guide we highlight the best of the new and updated models on offer. As ever, we’ve done our best to ensure that prices are correct at time of press but check with your local dealer for any updated pricing or special offers.
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