Car registration data reveals aging fleet

Latest data from vehicle history and data expert Cartell and vehicle sales platform report that the age of the fleet is increasing as date of car registration data reveals owners are holding onto their vehicles longer during the pandemic. The overall picture shows the age of the private fleet, both native and imported, has […]

Levels of Used Cars Sold with Finance in Ireland Remain High

Vehicle data expert latest research reveals that there has seen a drop in overall levels of used car finance in the Irish automotive market. Generally speaking, this is likely attributable to the pandemic and a Post-Brexit environment. From a sample of over 5,906 vehicles offered for sale and checked via the website in […]


Vehicle History and data expert and car sales platform announced on June 23rd the results of an analysis on Electric Vehicle (EV) sales in the Irish market in the year-to-date. Volkswagen’s commitment to delivering high-quality electric vehicles is reflected in the sales results in Ireland in 2021 but there are many other insights […]

Almost One Million Vehicles go End-of-Life since Inception

end of life vehicles

Vehicle history and data expert and Car Sales Platform reported on Wednesday 12th May, 2021 on the success of the original Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 (SI 282 of 2006) which were replaced in 2014 by the European Union (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 281/2014). Since the inception of the End-of-life […] and Ulster Bank’s Lombard launch 2021 Car Dealership Awards

CarsIreland car dealership awards 2021

Our friends at announced on March 10 that they have once again teamed up with Ulster Bank’s Lombard for their 2021 Dealer Awards. The awards, in their seventh year, strive to recognise the online marketing efforts of car dealerships across the country. There are three award categories – Best Presented Cars, Best Online […]

Vehicle Recall Information in Ireland


Vehicle recalls in Ireland are a relatively common occurrence and motorists would do well to pay attention to recall information as research from the US shows that as much as 40% of motorists do not take action on recalls, which could affect the safety or roadworthiness of the affected vehicle. And while recalls can often […]

Irish Used Car Market: What you are searching for and what you are buying

irish used cars market

Vehicle digital platform and announced on March 3rd the results of our first joint analysis on the used car market in Ireland. For this study looked at the most-popular-searched-cars across its site in February 2021. Those results were then compared with data from which showed the most popular private models so […]

EU Proposes Speed Limiters for all new Vehicles

Speed Limiter on new cars

After EU agreement, it is proposed that all new cars will be fitted with a speed limiter from 2022. ISA, also known as Intelligent Speed Assistance is one of the many safety measures to become mandatory in European vehicles after the European Commission gave their approval. How the speed limiter works? The speed limiter device […]

Drivers require additional training as vehicles start to self-drive

Research by the University of Nottingham in conjunction with the RAC in the UK has looked at how drivers handle being in a semi-autonomous vehicle both with, and without, specific training. The results showed that drivers who had dedicated training to handle semi-autonomous vehicles, otherwise known as Level 3 autonomous vehicles, were much better able […]

CO2 Emissions Drop Significantly

Vehicle history and data expert report today (2nd December) on an encouraging and timely fall in CO2 emissions. In 2020, Cartell looked at the state of CO2 emissions in the private transport sector for the first 10 months of the year and compared the results to the first ten months of the year for […]

Hire Purchase Vs Car Loan: Difference between Car Loan and Hire Purchase Agreement explained

There are two major differences for the consumer between a Hire Purchase Agreement and a “Personal Loan”. Vehicle Ownership The first concerns your relationship to the asset: in the case of a personal loan you receive money from the bank which is often an unsecured loan which you then use to buy any item – […]

Repossessed Cars in Ireland

One of the services which Used Car History Check experts Cartell make available to our customers is to inform whether a particular vehicle is the subject of a financial agreement – so you don’t inadvertently buy a car which is owned by a bank. If, however, you’ve not carried out a Finance Check and […]

Used Car or New Car Costs Calculator!

We already published some information on the type of factors which should go into your decision to purchase either a used car, or a new car. We wrote about the various elements: tax, fuel economy, depreciation value, which go into the decision. We want to take that one step further and show you the importance […]

Write-Off categories in UK Explained

IMPORTING A USED CAR? Vehicle History experts report that as of Wednesday 21st June 2017 the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in the UK are no longer using Category C and Category D vehicle write-off categories in their new Voluntary Code of Practice (COP) for the industry. Following a long review the new system […]

Irish Buyer Rejects Convertibles

Vehicle history and data expert report today (27th May) on the number of convertibles in the Irish fleet. The company advises that only 27 have been registered so far in 2020 and a mere 167 were registered with a 2019 plate. The numbers peak with 2186 registered to 2007 and 1838 registered to 2006. […]

Porsche Panamera is Top Luxury Car in Ireland

PRESS RELEASE Vehicle history and data expert reports today (22nd April) on the numbers of Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Ferrari and Aston Martins in the live fleet. In total there are 1,184 high-end luxury vehicles from these marques currently in the Irish fleet. The company notes the decline in vehicles at this end of the […]

Automatic Transmission on the Rise

Press Release Vehicle data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (11th March) that more new vehicles are being sold with automatic transmission, and the gap between manual and automatic transmission has narrowed considerably in the last 5 years for new car purchases. For native Irish cars automatic transmission has grown from 18,831 of new cars purchased in […]

The Changing Concept of What A Car Represents

Early in 2020 Apple patented a voice command system that is designed to enable users to steer vehicles by shouting prompts that the vehicle will respond to.  My first thoughts on hearing this were that it would simply replicate the experience I already have when my wife is driving the car, but the big takeaway […]

Insurance Write-Off Categories: Category C Write-Off Explained

There is still some confusion out there about the various insurance write-off categories and here at Cartell we often get queries about Cartell car history check reports such as “what does a category C insurance write-off mean?”. So here follows a brief description of what each of the insurance write-off categories signify for your vehicle. […]

Finance Levels Surpass Boom Levels

PRESS RELEASE Vehicle data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (08th January) that the proportion of vehicles offered for sale (across all years) with finance outstanding is 18.3% – up from 16.6% in December 2018 and 11.5% in January 2017. These are the highest levels that Cartell has recorded. also reports that more vehicles for certain […]

Toyota Recall 12,000 Irish Vehicles

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Today, the 1st of October 2019, Toyota Ireland has issued a voluntary recall on nearly 12,000 vehicles. The models in question include the Avensis, Avensis Verso, Corolla and Yaris, produced between February 2001 and July 2008. [twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][/twocol_one_last][twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last][/twocol_one_last] The cause for concern and recall is a potentially fatal issue with the airbags. The company […]

Audatex and Cartell support Ireland’s insurers with automated Total Loss Registration solution

Press Release 16th September 2019 – London, UK: Audatex, global provider of market-leading solutions for bodyshops, service providers, insurers and customers, and Cartell, Ireland’s leading car checking and automotive data solutions company have today announced the launch of an automated Total Loss Registration solution to help Ireland’s insurers to comply with the upcoming commencement of […]

Exclusive Used Car Review: FORD FOCUS 1.4 Petrol

Ford Focus 2005 – 2011 The following is written exclusively for by Overview: The Ford Focus has been a top seller in Ireland for more than twenty years now and with good reason. It is well-built, good value and excellent to drive. There are more of them on the road in Ireland today […]

Finance Levels Continue to Rise – Now 17.5%

PRESS RELEASE Vehicle data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (11th September) that the proportion of vehicles offered for sale (across all years) with finance outstanding is 17.5% – up from 16.6% in December 2018 and 11.5% in January 2017. also reports that more vehicles for certain key registration years are being offered for sale with finance […]

Used Car Sales Down 4.2%

PRESS RELEASE   Vehicle history and data expert announce today (21st August) on the findings from the latest state of the market report in conjunction with BAC Auto Consulting. Used car sales for the first seven months of 2019 are down 4.2% including imports and down 4.4% excluding imports. Used car sales have fallen […]

Half of ‘imports’ checked in 2019 showed alerts

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PRESS RELEASE launched to provide vehicle history transparency [14/08/2019]: Audi Ireland has launched an innovative joint promotion with vehicle history and data expert to provide vehicle condition transparency to all Audi drivers. Recognising the risks faced by potential purchasers of imported Audi vehicles, a new user-friendly website is now operational. The new […] to extend Rally of the Lakes sponsorship agreement, Ireland’s number one car check website, has committed to sponsoring the Rally of the Lakes for another three years. This year marked the Kildare-based firms tenth year in a row sponsoring the rally. Killarney and District Motor Club, this year celebrated the 40th running of the famous rally and the new sponsorship agreement will […]

Used Car Review: 07 BMW 5 Series

Below you’ll find the latest in our series of reviews exclusively written for by BMW 5 Series Saloon – 2003 – 2010 Overview: Though this version of the 5 Series was replaced in 2010, the new car is already ubiquitous, which has helped to drive down prices of the older model. If you […]

Craig Breen & Paul Nagle in the WRC with Hyundai

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle - Hyundai

Irish rallying pair Craig Breen and Paul Nagle have been welcomed back into the World Rally Championship as Hyundai’s third driver and co-driver respectively. They will feature in August this year, at WRC Finland. Hyundai’s resident drivers, Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo had both made it clear they did not want to compete in the […]

Irish want properly enforced jaywalking laws

Pedestrian cross and vehicle

Do us Irish pay any attention to jaywalking laws? Is it even acknowledged as an illegal activity? As drivers we’ve all experienced pedestrians crossing the road in front of us and in urban areas pedestrians appear to be particularly adept at crossing in front of two contra-flowing steams of traffic without getting hit – timing […]

Cartell at the Honda Track Day

Honda NSX - at Honda Track Day

This week Cartell (among others) were given the most fantastic of opportunities, courtesy of Honda Ireland. For some reason the Powers-that-be in Honda Ireland decided they would treat a select few to a Track Day at Mondello Park. Attendees from Cartell included Managing Director Nicola Aherne and Marketing Manager Jonathan McCluskey. Setting the scene First […]