Author Archive | Jeff Aherne

Cartell.ie introduces a new Car Price Guide (CPG)

Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie has launched its new Car Price Guide (CPG) in its trade services and is currently free to registered users who carry out a car history check. CPG is based on Advertised prices. Cartell.ie has being loading cars onto Carzone.ie, Autotrader and Adverts.ie via registration for a number of years […]

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Cartell.ie drives the 2016 Audi A4

2.0TFSi Petrol 190Bhp 109g/km CO2 4.8l/100km – 3.0TDi Diesel 272bhp – Drag Co-efficient of 0.23 (Best in Class) -19 Speakers with 755 Watts -2.0 TDI 150bhp 109g/km CO2  3.7l/100km -Up to 120kg lighter  On the 10th of July 2015, we had the pleasure of driving the new A4. For a refreshing change (instead of the […]

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Tarmac Battle resumes in Killarney

With entries still open for the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes over the May Bank Holiday weekend, over 90 crews have entered and the stage is already set for battle royal in all classes and categories of the  35th Rally of the Lakes. Heading the international Entry list is last year’s winner, Gary Jennings […]

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Annual NCT for vehicles 10 years and older

The National Car Test (NCT) now applies annually to vehicles 10 years old since June 1. Up until that date vehicles were subject to their first NCT after four years and another test every two years thereafter. The new rules mean a vehicle will still have its first NCT after four years and will then […]

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Plans to confiscate “off-the-road” cars in Ireland

The Irish Independent reports that the Department of the Environment has drafted legislation to allow for the confiscation of vehicles which are fraudulently declared off-the-road. The paper reports that a considerable number of vehicle owners are falsely declaring their vehicle to be off the road – and signing declarations to that effect – while continuing […]

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NCT was investigated but no problem identified

The Irish Times reports – in an article written by David Labanyi – that an investigation into alleged flaws in the equipment used for the National Car Test (NCT) carried out in February, prior to the Prime Time revelations last week, failed to identify any significant problems. The investigation was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) […]

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Gardai Seizing Large Number of Vehicles

The Irish Independent today reports that motorists are having their cars seized in unprecedented numbers because they are refusing to tax or insure them or apply for the NCT. 26,044 cars were seized by Gardai at the roadside last year which was more than twice the amount in previous years, according to Treacy Hogan. The […]

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Daragh O’Riordan wins the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes 2011!

Congratulations to Cork’s Daragh O’Riordan (SI2B Subaru WRC) for his comprehensive victory in the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes 2011! Co-driven by Derry’s Tony McDaid they finished three minutes and 50.4 seconds ahead of second-place Denis Cronin/Coleman (Hurley Subaru WRC), and third placed Eoin Doyle/Peter Brennan (Subaru WRC). The journalists favourite for the event, […]

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Merchandise for Cartell.ie International Rally!

Here’s a sneak preview of some 2011 Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes Merchandise! We’re delighted to work with Autofashion Rally Merchandise to bring top quality gear for this years event. Due to high demand we recommend you get yours early to avoid disappointment! The people at Autofashion will sell all the gear featured above […]

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New campaign to improve safety on Irish motorways

The Road Safety Authority, Gardai, National Roads Authority and AA Ireland (Cartell.ie Partner) have joined forces for a new campaign aimed at motorway safety. Ireland has 1,187km of motorway and since 2005 there have been 100 fatalities or serious injuries on those routes.  Eight people died last year and this year there have been six […]

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Report says 240,000 new and used cars untaxed

The Irish Independent today reports that as many as 120,000 motorists never pay any road tax according to figures obtained by that newspaper. Treacy Hogan, who wrote the article, also notes that 120,000 people are falsely declaring that their vehicle has been off the road for months – meaning road tax is not due on […]

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How Tsunami will affect Japanese Car Industry

In the wake of the earthquake, Tsunami, power blackout, and subsequent nuclear fallout, there has been much coverage on the issue of how the Japanese car market will be affected by the turbulence. The short answer is that the industry will be affected significantly. Among other direct consequences Japanese car plants have had their power […]

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Entry Forms Open for Cartell International Rally

As already announced Cartell are delighted to be associated – as title sponsor – with the International Rally of the Lakes 2011. Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Gleneagle Hotel who have been the main supporters of the Rally of the Lakes for many years are continuing as Associate Sponsors. The 32nd Rally of the Lakes […]

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Fuel Prices hitting Irish Families

The Irish Independent today reports that families are now paying an extra €1,000 a year to run their cars as petrol prices spiral above the €1.50-a-litre mark at the pumps. The latest price increase has been triggered as a result of the Middle East conflict. However AA Ireland point to two noticeable price increases in […]

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Cartell statistics on ‘clocking’ of motor vehicles

Over 88,000 vehicles ‘clocked’ in Dublin and Cork Last week Used Car History Check expert Cartell published statistics on the prevalence of vehicle ‘clocking’ in Ireland (the practice of altering a vehicle’s odometer) with a county-by-county breakdown. We’re delighted that the story has received considerable attention in local and national media outlets. The Sun Newspaper, for […]

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Credit Unions to provide car loans through new DACU

Completecar.ie report on a new initiative called Direct Access to Credit Unions (DACU), a project set up by credit unions across Ireland to provide car loans to members and potential new members. The initiative, launched in January 2011, will see many credit unions around the country offer special car loan rates to their members. Commenting […]

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Car Ownership Scam to avoid penalty points!

The Irish Times reports (February 2, 2011, print edition) on an ownership scam where vehicle ownership is transferred to unsuspecting persons in order to avoid fines and penalty points. In one case the paper reports that a Co. Wicklow-based child, aged 13, was listed as the owner of a vehicle which incurred a motoring fine. […]

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New Annual NCT for 10-year-old vehicles

The Irish Times reports that 10-year-old cars face an annual NCT from June.  A spokeswoman for Applus+, the company which carries out the test, is quoted by Pamela Duncan of The Irish Times as confirming that cars which are 10 years or older will have to be tested annually from June onwards. She added that […]

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Buy New or Second-hand?

January is traditionally the busiest month of the year for car sales – both new and second hand – and this year appears no different. With that in mind we wanted to give purchasers some advice which perhaps you´ll consider before buying. New Car or Second-hand? The second hand car market is particularly competitive in […]

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Latest edition of our Partner Publication: eDrive!

You can view and download the latest edition of our Partner Publication – eDrive. As well as featuring Cartell.ie – concerning our latest well-publicised initiative to track up to 40,000 UK write-offs in Ireland – the magazine has many other interesting bits and pieces: including where it argues that Irish people should buy more ‘interesting […]

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Google and “driverless car” technology.

A few weeks ago, Google announced it had put up more than 140,000 road miles on its driverless test cars including the Toyota Prius hybrid and Audi TT. The underlying technology consists of a combination of radar and laser technology, GPS and video cameras. And while Paris Hilton isn’t driving one of them yet it […]

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Car Cloning: UK issue new V5C Registration Document

The licensing authority for new vehicles in the United Kingdom – the DVLA – has recently  launched a new look V5C registration document, together with a ‘Buyer Beware‘ initiative. From the 15th August, 2010, the new documents – which are easier to understand than the older versions – will be issued for all newly registered […]

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Average Mileage in Ireland

Average Mileage in Ireland: Some Statistics Courtesy of the NMR One query we get from time-to-time from consumers concerns the average mileage for a vehicle in Ireland. Understandably potential buyers want to know whether the mileage on the vehicle they are considering buying is more or less than the national average. So the question arises: […]

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Motorsports Update: The Formula 1 Circus

As the F1 season reaches its climax John Walsh comments on the way money effectively bars all but the very rich from participating: Riches, contacts and marketability: no these aren’t just the rewards in motor sport, these are the criteria needed to get into it.   For those of less affluent origin, however, international motorsport […]

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Stolen vehicles recovered by Gardai in Balbriggan

PRESS RELEASE Following the appearance of Cartell’s Jeff Aherne on RTÉ News on Saturday in connection with the seizure of stolen vehicles by Gardai in Balbriggan Cartell.ie advise consumers to be aware of an increased risk of unsuspectingly purchasing a stolen vehicle. Jeff Aherne, Director with Cartell.ie, says: “The unfortunate thing is that an unsuspecting […]

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AA Ireland is 100 Years Old!

Cartell.ie would like to congratulate  AA Ireland on its Centenary! We are delighted that AA is one of our Partners and we’d like to extend our best wishes to everyone there for the tremendous effort: 100 years in business in Ireland is a fantastic milestone and deserves mention. To celebrate the occasion AA Ireland have […]

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Motorsports Update: Keith Cronin wins British Rally Championship!

Keith Cronin (and co-driver Barry McNulty) were recently crowned Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship winners! The Subaru Pirelli TEG Sport Team pair received the accolades at the final round of the season: the Trackord International Rally Yorkshire and this is the second successive year the Irish driver has won! Making him the first Irish […]

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Latest edition of eDrive now online!

The latest edition of our Partner’s eDRIVE magazine is available to view online. As well as featuring some latest info from Cartell.ie – concerning our recent story about the NCTS collecting VRT – there are some other interesting pieces including: a preview of the first diesel electric hybrid to go on sale – the PSA […]

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Binary Day: computers and car technology

Today is Binary Day: the 10th October 2010: or put another way: 101010 and we’ve posted this message at 10:10 – just to emphasize the point – so really it’s 1010101010! (Though astute readers will see that the full code for today at this time is actually 101020101010)! Or for fans of the books of […]

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Have the Irish embraced Telematic Technology?

Dennis Foy, who was one of the leading automotive technology experts, considered in 2003 the role which telematics can play in preventing clocking. As our readers know the “clocking” of a vehicle is when the mileage reading on the vehicle is altered, or manipulated, to display a lower reading than the actual miles travelled by […]

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Motorsports Update: Gary Thompson

Cartell.ie is delighted to see the continuing good progress of Irish racing car driver Gary Thompson. Gary recently scored another podium finish at the Japanese F3 Championship: a springboard for F1 drivers like Pedro de la Rosa and Adrian Sutil. In fact F3 lies just below GP2, Formula NIPPON,  and F1 on the Formula pyramid. […]

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TRADE FOCUS: Michael Grant Motors, Santry

The Grant family has been in the motor trade for 35 years. Michael Grant moved the companies operation to its current location in Santry in 1999. Cartell.ie stopped by for a chat about trading conditions for this months Trade Focus. “Business is up on last year” says Michael “but things are still far from where […]

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Car Spoiler: Aerodynamics

The Aerodynamics of a Spoiler What is a spoiler for a car? A spoiler is a wing or aerofoil attached to the back of the vehicle which causes downforce, or increases drag, depending on the speed the vehicle is travelling. In the case of an airplane, the wing pushes the plane up or creates lift […]

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Lower VRT on ECO friendly cars

CompleteCar.ie’s Paddy Comyn and Shane O’ Donoghue are calling for the addition of an Eco VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax) rate of 10% and the removal of road tax on newer, lower-emission vehicles for a period of two years. They claim the existing VRT and motor tax band system fails to offer an incentive to buyers […]

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