Car Sales for January ’16 increase by 33%


The results are in – Irish drivers bought a whopping 40,000 brand spanking new cars throughout January this year. That’s a huge increase of 33.5% when compared to January ‘15. And that’s not all, on top of that increase, January ‘16 has also been the most profitable month for the Irish motoring industry since 2008.

So, what are we all buying this year?

Well, the top five car models that motorists have purchased so far this year are:

  1. Hyundai Tucson
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Volkswagen Golf

The Golf, Focus and Corolla have been among the top five best selling cars for the last two years and it looks like they’ll make it three years running if January is anything to go by.  

In January, 123.ie, the Irish insurance company, carried out a survey asking participants what their number one choice of car would be if money was no object. The results are interesting. Gone are the days when everyone chose a Porsche or Lamborghini, or when we all imagined ourselves driving “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds. Nowadays, it’s all about the sustainable, efficient, sleek and reliable car, with the top five choices being:

  1. Audi (43.8%)
  2. BMW (40.7%)
  3. Mercedes (34.3%)
  4. Land Rover (25%)
  5. Lexus (21.6%)

I know if I had the dosh, I would be buying myself a Land Rover – black with pink detailing, yes I am that girl! J

Despite the massive increase in shiny new car sales, there are still some of you out there that still prefer to purchase a second-hand car; and let’s face it, it might not be straight out of the warehouse but it’s brand new to the buyer J   

So, if you are considering buying second hand, here’s a few pointers;

  • Test drive the car
  • Have a mechanic or garage give it the old once over
  • Ask for the service history log
  • Check the validity of the NCT cert and tax disc
  • Don’t hand over any money without first getting the log book

And always remember – when you buy / sell a car, make sure the registration details are updated with the new owner details and sent to the National Driver and Vehicle File office in Shannon as soon as possible. All eFlow penalty letters are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. If these details aren’t updated then the previous vehicle owner may receive penalty notices for journeys on the M50 which were made by the new owner and which the new owner forgot to pay for.

If you’re an eFlow account holder, don’t forget to update your account with your new vehicle details; www.eflow.ie

If you’d like to know more, have a read of this; https://www.eflow.ie/community/Blog/selling-a-car/index.xml.


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