Residual Value – Do cars appreciate?

Do Cars Appreciate? The simple answer is Yes. Some cars do appreciate once they reach a certain stage in their lifetime, however, why is this and what cars increase in value as time goes on? Obviously, some vehicles will never lose value as they are limited one-off models that are intended to never see real […]

Cartell.ie offer Discounts for Electric Vehicle Car History Checks!

Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie is offering our customers €10 off a Three Star and Two Star vehicle history check when the vehicle you are checking is an Electric Vehicle (EV). Furthermore the discount is applied automatically when you enter the registration number of the vehicle: our system will detect it’s an EV and will make […]

Seat Leon ST FR – Practical, Fast and Great Value

Cartell.ie recently took possession of a Seat Leon ST FR 2.0 TDI 150bhp DSG courtesy of Seat Ireland. It is the estate version of the Seat Leon and the FR is the sport version. We don’t do a lot of car testing internally but the advent of another mouth to feed on the home front […]

Opel in Ireland after 150 Years

150 years for Opel The following is a guest blog from a long-standing contributor to Cartell.ie: Daragh Ó Tuama This week I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Ritz Carlton near Powerscourt in Wicklow. And if I was a hotel reviewer, instead of a motor hack, I’d certainly have to give it the […]

Cartell shortlisted for Eircom Golden Spider Awards

Cartell shortlisted for Eircom Golden Spider Awards Cartell is delighted to announce our nomination for the prestigious eircom Golden Spiders 2011. This is the first time the company has been nominated. Cartell is nominated in the EBusiness category. The Ebusiness eircom Spiders 2011 award, sponsored by webfactory, is for exclusively web-based businesses that provide site […]

Cartell statistics feature in Sunday Independent

Statistics provided by Cartell featured in this week’s Sunday Independent in Ireland. Used Car History Check experts Cartell provided the newspaper with information showing the car fleet in Ireland is aging – there has been a significant shift in the last five years: in January 2006 the average age of a car with up-to-date motor […]

Vandalism of Vehicles: The Most Vandalised Cars

A UK website (lovemoney.com) has published a list of the top ten most vandalised cars. While the results are specific to the UK market a great deal can still be learned from them. The research – conducted by UK insurer swiftcover.com* – revealed that high-end brands were consistently targeted by vandals more than any other […]

Used Car Review: Kia Cee’d Diesel

During a recent chat with Barry Martin at Sleator Kia, Mullingar, Cartell.ie asked what car he would recommend for a customer with €20,000 to spend on a used car. Barry didn’t hesitate to recommend a 3-month-old (pre-registered demo) Kia Cee’d so Cartell.ie hopped in the drivers seat to try it out. Normally retailing for €20,850 […]

Cosworth, real men cars by Cartell’s Jeff Aherne

Last Monday on Motormouth we discussed the controversial topic of what defines a man’s car versus a woman’s car. Needless to say it stirred emotion. However just to ensure that my opinion is fully understood, here are a few cars that are driven by more men than women. Subaru Impreza CS400 STI Cosworth and Ford […]

Citroen C3 1.4 HDi test drive by Daragh O Tuama

Citroen C3 1.4 HDi Firstly, in comparison to the last C3 it’s a small bit longer, and just a little bit wider. What does that mean? Well, a little bit more leg room and a little more space and maybe even tighter handling. The C3 also has what’s called the visiodrive. What’s that? I hear […]

Honda Insight test drive by Daragh O Tuama

Honda Insight In theory the Honda Insight is a very good car which has tapped into essential technology. Their IMA technology (Integrated Motor Assist), which was first introduced with the Honda Civic Hybrid, is very forward thinking. What this is is an electric motor which which gives added power to the car when needed, thus […]

Opel Insignia test drive by Daragh O Tuama

Opel Insignia “Opel has finally stood up and is starting to be counted” This week I had the pleasure of test driving the 2009 European Car of the Year, the Opel Insignia. Of course being a family man I opted for the Elite 1.6i Turbo Sports Tourer version, a beast in sheep’s clothing. When I […]

Alfa Romeo Mito test drive by Daragh O Tuama

Alfa Romeo Mito I’ve always been a fan of Top Gear, and as a fan of Top Gear I’ve always wanted to own an Alfa Romeo……I mean I know they haven’t exactly got a name as being the most reliable car in the world, I know they don’t deliver excellence in the handling department, but […]