I am a 30-year-old guy who has owned 10 cars in the last 12 years. I'm driving a 2007 Audi A3 I picked up for €800 and recommissioned it as I was between jobs and needed a runabout. I'm after getting a new job that requires a 140km daily commute, my little 1.6 A3 needs to go. My budget is anything up to €13k. I know cars fairly well so will do most of my own mechanical work. I really hate spending one euro more on buying a car than I should. However, as I'm looking at my options I'm just a little bit stuck on what I should pick up. I've had two BMWs (Z4 and 320i) and like them, so a 123d appeals, but I'm terrified of the N47 timing chain issue. I like Audis but they aren't fun to drive so I'm thinking of a 09 CLK Mercedes 2.2 CDi. It might be the right combination of motorway suitable and fun to drive. Would I be better off with an A4 Avant or Jaguar X-TYPE and spending money on a classic car so that I have a two-car garage? It's a Jekyll and Hyde scenario. I'm a bit … [Read more...] about 30-year-old dilemma; Hold on? Third-baby car; dream machine; Micra managing.
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More than one in five used motors imported into Ireland last year are less than two years old, according to an analysis by a vehicle data company.Industry players say the importation of more than 25,000 new or nearly new vehicles last year adds weight to the argument that Brexit is contributing to the rise in the number of motors being brought in from Britain, and a corresponding drop in new car sales here in Ireland.Motorcheck.ie found that of the 127,000 used vehicles imported into Ireland in 2018 more than 25,000 units (21%) were two years old or less and more than 3,000 of these were less than one year old.Mercedez Benz proved to be the most popular new or nearly-new import vehicle, with 460 recorded instances of 2018 models being imported last year, and a further 1,263 one-year-old models being brought over.Ford (391), BMW (360), Audi (227), and Honda (188) made up the rest of the top five most imported 2018 models.Michael Rochford, managing director of Motorcheck.ie said that … [Read more...] about Study finds 21% of used motors imported last year less than two years old
DRIVERS with an old banger can cash-in on a new car thanks to the return of Vauxhall's £2,000 scrappage scheme.The British auto maker previously ran the campaign in 2015 and 2016 to remove older, more-polluting models from UK roads.And now, it's offering the cash incentive again to scrap your car and put it towards a new Vauxhall.It could be just the tonic for owners of old diesels who are facing huge toxic tax increases to drive in major cities and are struggling to shift them on the used market.But if you're thinking of picking up an old motor for a few hundred quid before turning it over to Vauxhall and cashing in, stop right there.To get the £2,000 you'll have to have owned your vehicle for at least 90 days.As part of the programme, buyers can choose from the Adam, Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Mokka X models and can even combine the handout with a deposit on a finance deal rather than an outright cash deal.The scrappage scheme is eligible - while stocks last - on new … [Read more...] about Vauxhall brings back £2,000 scrappage scheme so you can cash in and get rid of your old banger
A campaign has been launched to try to secure free bus travel for under-25s across the country to tackle ‘extortionate’ fares. The Labour Party has pledged that it will use money from Vehicle Excise Duty - the tax paid by car owners - to fund free bus travel for 13 million young people in England. It is currently estimated that 19,089 people aged between 20 and 24 use a bus in Stoke-on-Trent with an additional 4,760 in the Staffordshire Moorlands and 9,545 in Newcastle. Passengers at Hanley’s bus station supported the change but some said they would prefer to see a reduction in fares rather than completely free tickets. Danny Bristow, aged 23, of Meir Park, said: “It would be a good move and I would use it. Fares at the moment are extortionate and I have to get the bus to Hanley everyday.” Eighteen-year-old Spencer Andrews from Fenton, added: “It is pretty overpriced at the moment and can cost £17 for a weekly ticket but people in education get … [Read more...] about Should under-25s be given free bus travel
Research tells us that many of The Sentinel’s readers still take the bus to work, to school or to the shops every day. But there can be no denying that even in North Staffordshire bus use in is long-term decline. Figures from the city council show that over the past year the number of journeys taken by bus in Stoke-on-Trent every month has dipped below a million. There are a number of factors behind this decline: falling public subsidies, higher rates of car ownership and the increasing use of private hire vehicles. It is against this background (and, of course, with an eye on next month’s local elections), that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has announced its latest headline-grabbing policy: free bus travel for all under-25s. According to Labour, this would benefit 13 million young people, including 63,000 in Stoke-on-Trent and nearly 200,000 across Staffordshire. The party says that as well as helping under-25s directly, it will make public transport more sustainable … [Read more...] about Would free travel for under-25s put the brakes on bus use decline?