Author Archive | John

Ford and Google still considering autonomous vehicle partnership

Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie was waiting to hear the announcement of these two giants making a potential partnership in respect of autonomous cars. Even though Ford and Google didn’t announce it at CES, despite rumours the partnership was imminent, -according to The Economist– a new report from The Wall Street Journal reports that the companies […]

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Gearing up for Winter Driving

Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie promotes safe driving – in the Winter months – and throughout the year. We are delighted to display information from Southside Motor Factors which details some tips for motorists over the Winter months. Remember, even though there has been little sign of ice and snow so far this year, […]

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Electric Vehicles still stall

Vehicle History Expert Cartell.ie has written many times about electric vehicles (EVs) including about the relatively low take-up on EV ownership in Ireland. While things have improved this year- 677 all-electric vehicles were purchased representing a significant increase over last years figure of 270 – we’re still no where near the levels of exponential growth […]

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Why MPG figures may be unrealistic

On a couple of occasions vehicle history expert Cartell.ie posted blogs about the unrealistic MPG figures claimed by some manufacturers: including when consumer watchdog WhatCar? indicated real-world figures were less than claimed and launched “True MPG Data“. VanLeasing.com put together an interesting infographic where they detail the 8 reasons why your vehicle will never reach […]

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Road Safety Week – we can all improve on bad habits

It’s Road Safety Week and vehicle history expert Cartell.ie is always anxious to promote and encourage safe use of the road. There has been some progress made since last year in certain respects but unfortunately some of us are still making mistakes and this can lead to grave consequences – fatal in some cases. Not […]

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Written-Off Vehicle’s granted VRT Refunds

PRESS RELEASE Vehicle history expert CARTELL.IE announce today (October 1) the number of written-off vehicles exported out of the State and issued a VRT refund. In August Cartell.ie announced that 3,284 vehicles had been exported out of the State and of those 556 or 17% had Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) refunded by the Government. Refund […]

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Which Vehicle Manufacturers are making profit?

Vehicle History Expert Cartell.ie is looking at manufacturer profit. As we approach the end of Q3 we’re considering recently published results for Q2 2015 to give the run-down on which manufacturers are making money globally and which are still in the red as the world exits recession. Let’s start with the good news first. Ford […]

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Frankfurt Motor Show Highlights

[updated: this blog updated 17th September to show some details from the new BMW 7 Series which has some cool new tech] Vehicle history check expert Cartell.ie likes to keep up-to-date with the latest developments on the motor show circuit and the Frankfurt show is certainly one of the biggest shows on the planet. German […]

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Cartell.ie have fun at the Cannonball run!

Vehicle history expert CARTELL.IE had fun today at the Cannonball run! The run- sponsored by Cartell.ie business partners Carzone.ie among several others (the lead sponsor is Manhattan)- is an event run for the purpose of generating funds for Irish children’s charities. This year we got the chance to check out the high-end vehicles early and […]

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Written off vehicles in excess of 257,000 last year in UK

Vehicle data expert Cartell.ie reports on interesting insights published in the UK by Motortrader on the number of written off vehicles in the UK – and their value. Accident Exchange, UK post-accident specialists, are quoted as estimating the number of write-offs last year topped 257,000 -worth an estimated £2bn (€2.74bn). The company said almost 12% […]

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Pre-Registrations by Manufacturers again criticised

Vehicle data expert Cartell.ie report on news this past week of criticism directed against vehicle manufacturers for pre-registering (sometimes called “self-registering”) cars. Pre-registration is when a vehicle manufacturer or dealer registers a vehicle before lining up a buyer in the open market. The process is thought to boost end-of-month sales figures by allowing targets to […]

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Frankfurt Motor Show preview

Vehicle history check expert Cartell.ie reports the 66th International Motor Show at Frankfurt will be upon us in September and we thought we’d preview four of the anticipated models expected to debute at the Show. One vehicle eagerly anticipated will be the 2016 Audi A4. The A4 is proving tremendously popular with used car buyers […]

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Old Skool Toyota Run

Vehicle History Expert Cartell.ie was delighted to support this great event which took place last Saturday 8th August @ Lee Valley Golf and Country Club, Ovens Co. Cork. Here is some background and we posted (below) some pics: “The idea Started From a few Cork Toyota Enthusiasts taking Sunday spins around the west cork scenary […]

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Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run 2015

Vehicle History Check Expert Cartell.ie is delighted to sponsor Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run 2015 which takes place on Saturday next August 8th. This Annual Run has grown to be one of the country’s largest Opel Vauxhall gatherings. Now in it’s eighth year the event attracts enthusiasts from all corners of the country. The 2015 base for […]

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Cartell sponsors Stratisfear Cartell in Sovereign’s Cup

Vehicle History Check expert Cartell.ie were delighted to sponsor Stratisfear Cartell and its 10-man-crew for the Sovereign’s Cup. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Sovereign’s Cup in Kinsale. Kinsale is located at the start of the much acclaimed Wild Atlantic Way. According to the event website: “Sovereign’s Cup was the brainchild of Denis Kiely in the […]

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€1 billion – Government take from motor tax

Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie report on news from Completecar.ie that the Government makes over €1 billion annually from motor tax. The figure was revealed by Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, in response to a parliamentary question from independent TD Mattie McGrath. The peak was in the period July 2013 – June 2014 when motorists rushed to […]

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Cartell partners with Carzone for latest Market Report

Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie partnered with Carzone.ie and Completecar.ie to help produce the latest Carzone Motoring Report. Its findings include news from Cartell.ie that Used Vehicle Transactions hit 1 million last year. This is the first time since Cartell started measuring these statistics that that milestone has been achieved. It speaks to the recovery of […]

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Used Vehicle Market Snapshot May 2015

Vehicle History Expert Cartell.ie considered some data from the Used Vehicle Market (excluding imports) relating to May 2015 to produce a market snapshot. Here are some of the results: Overall Market Increase Comparing the May 2015 year-to-date position with the equivalent position for May 2014 shows the domestic Used Vehicle Market is up 10.33% year-on-year. […]

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Dispute over 64-year-old Jaguar resolved in Court

“Rusty old shell covered in bird droppings” -worth €120,000 Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie report on news the Circuit Civil Court today ruled on a dispute of ownership over a 64-year-old Jaguar partly restored by a Dublin panel beater – in his favour. It is reported in the media that Derek Tynan, who owns a bodyshop […]

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Fake NCT Certs Circulating

Vehicle history expert CARTELL.IE warns buyers in relation to falsified NCT certificates found in the market place. Earlier in the year Cartell.ie released to market an image of a stolen NCT certificate which we found circulating. That certificate was from an armed holdup at an NCT centre in Drogheda which resulted in the theft of […]

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Demand in EU for new cars up again – VW most popular

Vehicle History Check Expert Cartell.ie reports on news today from Brussels on new car sales across Europe in the year to date reported by the ACEA: BRUSSELS, 19 May 2015 – In April 2015, demand for new passenger cars in the EU increased for the twentieth consecutive month (+6.9%), totalling 1,166,482 units and recording the […]

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Electric Vehicles: Making any Progress?

Updated: This blog has been updated 7th May 2015 to mention Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Car Clubs and Electrically Powered Vehicles) Regulations 2014 Vehicle history check expert CARTELL.IE last hit the subject of Electric Vehicle’s (EVs) in March when we reported on a tweet by Elon Musk that he was “about to end range […]

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Clocking makes a comeback! – In the UK!

Media outlets in the UK are reporting on recent comments by motor trade commentator Glass’s that car clocking is on the rise in the UK -and this time it’s the owners that are doing it! In a blog post by Rupert Pontin, head of Valuations for Glass’s (and a follow-up to their Car Market Trend […]

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New Car Sales Growth in Ireland and the UK

Vehicle History Check expert Cartell.ie reported earlier this week that in Q1 2015 there have been 75,655 new vehicles sold which represents a strong 32% increase over Q1 2014. We mustn’t forget that new vehicle sales are coming off a low base and this impacts significantly on the figures. Still, confidence is clearly up on […]

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Cartell Live at Geneva Motor Show 2015 (Part 2)

Vehicle History Check expert Cartell.ie is in Geneva at the Show. Yesterday we looked at some super machines on display (mainly on level 2) at Geneva. Today the focus is primarily on Level 1 which is even bigger. (Also check out our entire album from the Show on the Cartell.ie Facebook page). Suzuki iM-4 Firstly, a […]

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Cartell Live at Geneva Motor Show 2015 (Part 1)

Vehicle History Check expert Cartell.ie is delighted to welcome you to our LIVE coverage of this year’s Geneva Motor Show. As we mentioned last week this is our 4th time to cover the event and it’s the 85th Edition of the Show from Geneva. So, what have we got in store this year? One thing […]

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85th Edition of the Geneva Motor Show

Once again vehicle history check expert Cartell.ie will report LIVE from the Geneva Motor Show this year! This is the 85th Edition of the show and the fourth for Cartell.ie. The Geneva show is considered the premiere event on the automotive show circuit and already the press have been reporting back on some of the […]

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Peugeot Citroen returns to profitability

Cost Cutting Measures Have an Impact In an impressive upturn Bloomberg reports that Peugeot Citroen has posted an annual profit in 2014 of 905 million euros after extensive measures to curb signifcant losses. In 2012 the ailing motor company reported a loss of 5 billion euros in what had been the worst losses recorded in […]

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Buyer Beware! Stolen NCT Certs Circulating

PRESS RELEASE Vehicle history expert CARTELL.IE issues today (February 18) images of a stolen NCT Certificate found circulating in the market. Cartell.ie understands that an armed holdup at an NCT centre in Drogheda in October 2013 resulted in the theft of 850 official certificates. These certificates are stolen official documents, so they entirely resemble authentic […]

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Complacency across Europe leading to Road Fatalities

It appears Ireland was not the only country last year to experience an unfortunate up-shift in numbers of recorded fatalities on our roads. The Irish Independent reports that early indications show there were also increases in numbers killed in Germany, France and the UK -the EU’s three most populous countries. The Road Safety Authority of […]

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Skoda Ireland rolling out new showroom facilities

Skoda Ireland is in the process of rolling out a new look across its dealer network in the Republic of Ireland. The move coincides with reports by Motortrader in the UK that Skoda has started transitioning to the new corporate look across its network in the United Kingdom as the brand targets another record year […]

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Aluminium favoured over Steel – by Ford in America

One of the big stories to watch in the automotive industry is the rise of aluminium in the manufacturing process. Traditionally, modern cars are made from steel with up to 60% of a vehicle made from that metal. Steel has been favoured for decades although the steel itself has become lighter: modern steel is a […]

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Ban on Diesel Cars Proposed by Mayor of Paris

It’s interesting the debate over diesel engines. We all know the story: European regulators signposted emissions targets for vehicle manufacturers, and, combined with domestic motor taxation policies which benefited lower emission vehicles the public switched their allegiances – from petrol to diesel. Now, the tide is moving the other way. In the last few days […]

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Some Cutting Edge Tech Expected Soon

Jaguar Landrover Showcase Technologies UK car publication Evo were recently invited to a technical showcase at Jaguar Land Rover Group (JLR) and they report on the event in their most recent edition (Evo 203). The technologies outlined are cutting edge technologies which are expected to appear shortly in models produced by JLR and offer a fascinating […]

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Real-world fuel economy figures now 31% off – report

Cartell looked at the issue of unrealistic fuel economy figures earlier in the year when RTÉ reported on findings by UK Car magazine What Car? That publication reported that after testing almost 400 cars in real-world conditions, using cutting-edge test equipment, it achieved economy figures that were on average 19% lower than the government figures in […]

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Web Summit addresses issues around self-driving

Cars to make decisions like Humans? It would be impossible to ignore the buzz surrounding the Web Summit this week in the RDS, Dublin. One interesting piece of coverage for us was an article that appeared on US Tech channel CNET. The article concerns the development of the self-driving car and it considers the insights […]

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“Safety Star” system could work for Ireland

NRA says re-engineering needed on some routes In a move that could be copied successfully in Ireland, news filtered through this week that Britain may embark on a plan to apply “safety star” ratings to its roads. The idea behind the proposal, reported by Nick Collins, is that it will help drivers to avoid the […]

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Driver Fatigue a Big Issue says Liberty Insurance

Alarming new insights into driver fatigue have been released. Research by Liberty insurance, in conjunction with Millward Brown, looked at the driving habits of GAA fans as part of their ongoing #DriveSafer campaign. The results found that 39% of GAA fans admitted to driving after less than 5 hours sleep and 53% experienced “an incident” such as nodding off […]

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Used Car Advice: Something Reliable Please

Continuing our popular series – Used Car Advice – we’re going to address an issue we get from time-to-time: Hey Cartell, I am (hopefully!) going to pass my driving test next month!! Wondering what car you think would be good for a novice driver? My budget is €7,000 – maybe could stretch this to €7,500 – […]

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Further Advances in Petrol-Engine Technology

Car Magazine points to Petrol Advance from Korea The September edition of Car Magazine points to the introduction by Hyundai of a new 37% more efficient petrol engine which will match a diesel’s torque commenting that the new engine may “offer the best of both world’s”. The Korean company are about to start road testing […]

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Minister Trials Electric Car

Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney is trialling a 100% electric car reports RTÉ. He will be driving the 100% electric Nissan LEAF over the coming weeks. During this time, the Minister will be able to charge the electric car using his home charge point, at any of the three European […]

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