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  • "Email survey" phishing attempt on DoneDealers

    We've heard a number of our customers have received an email/text message requesting they take part in a Survey to be in with a chance to win €150.00. Subject: Congratulation !!! CustomerID. 146062585 You have been selected by DoneDeal to take part in our quick and easy Reward Customer Survey In return, we will credit € 150.00 to your account. To complete the survey, Please click the link below: LINK HERE (removed for security reasons) Thank you, DoneDeal.ie Customer Department ----------------------------------------- This email DID NOT come from DoneDeal. The link is going to look for you to enter your personal and credit card details which you should NOT proceed with. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support team directly.

  • DoneDeal's Online Safety Message

    DoneDeal prioritises online safety message in fight against fraudsters While the vast majority of buyers and sellers are honest, there is always a slight risk of a deal going bad. Take note of DoneDeal’s simple safety advice and make sure your experience is a positive one. For centuries people have been buying goods from and selling goods to absolute strangers, but the advance of the internet means that people no longer need a physical shop or market to exchange cash for goods. The way DoneDeal works is that users browse for goods and then contact the seller to arrange a time and place to view or buy the item for sale. DoneDeal is Ireland’s largest and most successful online classified adverts website and today claims a market leadership position twice as big as its nearest competitor. The company always aims to provide an easy, safe marketplace for people to buy or sell all sorts of things. Features include photos with all ads, low cost advertising with hassle free payment by phone and free tracking tools. DoneDeal takes fraud management very seriously and the company has great processes and resources to help fight against potential crime via ads on DoneDeal. The company works very closely with An Garda Siochána and takes all instances of potential fraud very seriously. Speaking about online safety Finbarr Garland, Trust & Safety at DoneDeal said, "If you feel you have been defrauded by a seller on DoneDeal, have reason to believe you have discovered stolen goods or believe that someone who is advertising something that may have legal implications we would strongly encourage you to contact your local Gardai to report the incident or the advertiser." He continued, "We strongly believe in working closely with the Gardai and other government agencies to keep our community safe. We can provide assistance to them on behalf of victims of crime and we also provide support and services to them free of charge." Like any retailer or shopper, it’s important to think about safety. Just because the transaction doesn’t take place in a high-street shop doesn’t mean you have to forgo CCTV, proof of purchase, personal security or protection against counterfeit notes or bouncing cheques. Whether you’re a buyer or seller there are ways to ensure you’re not taken advantage of by an unscrupulous minority. Not what you were looking for? Contact our Customer Support team today.

  • Community Safety

    As Ireland’s leading classified ads site, DoneDeal’s national community of advertisers enables hundreds of thousands of people to buy and sell via our site. Our team promote the safe use of our platform and we are happy to assist with local, national and international law enforcement agencies in stopping and prosecuting criminals. Due to Data Protection Laws DoneDeal are only allowed to give out full details for an advertiser to a law enforcement officer. If you want to get in contact with your local Gardai you can find a directory for all stations here: http://garda.ie/stations/Default.aspx Resources for Law Enforcement Investigations: Law enforcement officers in Ireland seeking assistance and records for investigations relating to advertisers on DoneDeal may contact our customer support team for assistance. Resources available to law enforcement officials only are: Data requests coming from court orders, Gardai or government agencies, can be submitted via fax or email. If you are a Law Enforcement Officer and require more general information, please contact us. You might be interested in reading our Safety Guide and our Advertising T&C's Data Protection Act 1988 Disclosure of Information: Due to Data Protection Laws DoneDeal are only allowed to give out full details for an advertiser to a law enforcement officer once they have completed the necessary Data Protection Request Form. We cannot provide information to Solicitors unless a court order is obtained by them. If you want to get in contact with your local Gardai you can find a directory for all stations here: http://garda.ie/stations/Default.aspx No matter how trivial you feel your concerns are, you MUST contact the relevant law enforcement officer. Once this report has been lodged the investigating officer can contact us directly. Save Time for your investigation. The following tips are for law enforcement agencies to assist your investigation: When you are emailing our customer support team, include as much detail as possible. If you are looking for a particular advertiser, include the telephone number that appeared in the ad or ideally the ad number. If you are looking for a particular item, i.e a car advertised for sale, include the make, model, colour, engine size, body type. If you are looking for a particular dog ad, include as much detail on the breed and description. For all ads it would be helpful to minimize the search results by having the dates when you feel the ad appeared on the site and where the item was available for sale i.e Dublin, Cork or Galway. We are also happy to work with approved inspectors from the ISPCA. You could also contact a County Veterinary Officer. You can find contact details for them in your area here. With legal power under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, which came into force on 8th March 2014, the ISPCA Inspectors or County Veterinary Offices can investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. It is their job to establish the facts behind each case and decide whether or not to initiate a prosecution. Due to Data Protection Laws DoneDeal are only allowed to give out full details for an advertiser to a registered inspector. They will make this request in line with Section 41 of the Data Protection Act 2018. Some other agencies we are happy to assist in their investigations: Data Protection Commission Advertising Standards Association Ireland ComReg Office of the Ombudsman National Parks and Wildlife Services Department of Agriculture The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission National Transport Agency/Taxi Regulator Commission for Energy Regulation Private Security Authority Food Safety Authority Not what you were looking for? Contact our Customer Support team today.

  • Using DoneDeal during Covid-19

    Stay Safe Now is the time to look out for each other and to stay safe as a community. Above all, we insist you prioritise your health and the health of those around you by following Government, HSE and WHO advice. Our staff are all working from home and are here to support you and any questions you may have about DoneDeal during this time. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time by emailing hello@donedeal.ie. Can I buy and sell items on DoneDeal? Now is the time to stay safe and stay at home. We insist that you follow all HSE, Government and WHO guidelines and rules on social distancing and staying at home. We encourage users to keep engaging with DoneDeal and to plan on buying/selling goods/items once the rules have been lifted. Sellers can also choose to use the postal service or courier services that continue to operate. But we do insist that you follow all health and safety guidelines, minimise contact and stay at home where possible. How to use DoneDeal safely right now You can still enjoy DoneDeal from the safety of your home while following all safety guidelines from the Government, HSE and WHO. We’re working hard to bring you practical solutions during these uncertain times and we will update you on these, as and when we have them available. Safety is our number one priority. Here’s what you should know when using DoneDeal during the current COVID-19 outbreak: FAQ’s: Can I buy and sell items on DoneDeal? Now is the time to stay safe and stay at home. We insist that you follow all HSE, Government and WHO guidelines and rules on social distancing and staying at home. We encourage users to keep engaging with DoneDeal and to plan on buying/selling goods/items once the rules have been lifted. How can I view/show an item I am interested in buying/selling if I am to avoid person-to-person meetings? In this time period, it is advisable to limit all non-essential person-to-person contact. Smartphone videos of items would be a good option to consider. Ensure that the entire item is visible and if possible turn the item around to show it in its entirety. Where appropriate, demonstrate the functionality of the item and be very clear if there are any unforeseen issues with the item or the operation of it. How can I pay or receive payment for items? We’re working hard to bring you a practical solution to address payments. In the meantime, we would advise that you use common sense and only agree to pay online for any items once you have viewed them virtually and are completely comfortable with transferring money to the seller for the item. We do need to stress, that you do need to be happy with this approach before sending any money to anyone who is selling an item. How can I stay safe when accepting deliveries? If you receive a package from an online purchase, ensure you keep a safe distance from the person making the delivery. It is important to keep at least 6 feet / 2 metres apart. Where possible ask them to leave the package at your door or at a pickup point and wait for them to move away. You should always wash your hands after receiving packages and opening them. It is recommended to use soap and water to wash your hands or an alcohol based disinfectant. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. How can I stay safe when opening the package? It is advisable if you think any surface may be infected to clean it with a disinfectant to kill any virus that may be on it to protect yourself and others. This also applies to goods. Before and after handling any item that could potentially be infected, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment). Read more on the WHO. How can I report an ad? If you suspect an ad is not complying with Government,HSE , WHO and DoneDeal guidelines on health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, you can report the ad to us by clicking the Report Ad link. The Report Ad link is on each ad. We will investigate all ads reported to us. Advertisers who repeatedly breach the health and safety guidelines will be banned. What should I do if I have any other questions? Any other questions? Email us: hello@donedeal.ie. For more information on COVID-19 and steps to take to protect you and others, please view the HSE Guidelines.

  • Buying a Family Car – Affordability & Comfort

    Pictured: Donal Murphy, Managing Director of Bluestone Finance. As the country reopens, the picture is one of cautious optimism for consumers, businesses, and politicians. Even though people are hoping for the best, there is a strong sense of thoughtfulness that will undoubtedly guard people’s behaviour as we enter the ‘new normal’. One of the freedoms people are now enjoying is travel and the opportunity to visit family and friends and, for some, the ability to return to socially distanced workplaces. One evident change from the pre-Covid era is a reticence to use public transport. It means more people will be looking to buy a car, and in the spirit of prudence, it is used cars that many people are turning to - this is especially likely to be valid for growing families who need a bigger car. The pressure is always on family budgets, but the last year may have stretched things even further for many. The desire for extra space, comfort, reliability, and, of course, safety has to be matched with affordability. For many families borrowing money to buy their next car affordably will be an essential consideration. In the face of economic uncertainty, the pandemic ensured that many businesses became risk-averse. Banks were amongst those and the Central Bank of Ireland reported recently that the last year did see ‘some tightening in credit supply’ Added to this has been recent news that KBC and Ulster Bank plan to exit the Irish market. Some families may be wondering if and from whom they might be able to borrow to get that used car. The potential answer comes from a challenger finance business that, having entered the Irish motor finance market in 2014, is committed to growth. Bluestone Motor Finance is helping families across the country to buy their next or even first car by combining digital expertise and personal service. It is, as Bluestone Motor Finance’s Managing Director Donal Murphy notes, a human approach; “We combine digital lending expertise with practical human underwriting, working harder to help people buy the car they want in a responsible, affordable manner. Where appropriate, we can work with car buyers and dealers to match a budget to a car. It is a personally tailored approach that is also available to people who may have found it difficult to get finance previously or fear that access to finance may be problematic.” The journey to that next family car can start online. People can discover Bluestone’s finance options and their next car at DoneDeal.ie. It is even possible for people to get car finance approval without stepping foot on a forecourt. As Donal concludes; “Cars built for a family tend to be more expensive than smaller city cars, so people’s budget may need to stretch further. Setting and sticking with a budget is essential. Using the handy online tools at Donedeal.ie, families can search for a car, remain within their budget and receive a quick decision with the reassurance that their application will be personally assessed by a member of our skilled underwriting team.” Check out cars with Bluestone Finance options available. #cars #Motor

  • Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Review

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. Hyundai appear to have done it again with the launch of the fourth generation Tucson as the vehicle leads the way in Irish sales so far in 2021. Believe it or not more than 7 million units have been sold around the world since it’s launch in 2004. Some 1.4 million of these have been sold in Europe and that easily makes it the company’s bestselling SUV globally. So what do you get with the new variant? Well rather than simply an evolution of the previous generation, this new Tucson has been redesigned from the ground up. It is now bigger and wider than its predecessor and it has a completely new face with Parametric Hidden Lights providing a unique look. When the lights are off, the front of the vehicle appears covered in LED Daytime Running Lights, which are seamlessly integrated into the grille. The side of the vehicle is sleek in keeping with the nose and the rear features wide tail lamps with parametric hidden light details continuing the design theme. I think its safe to say Hyundai were thinking outside of the box with this one following no competitors or their design traits. It looks different to not only anything that has come from Hyundai in the past but also to everything else on the market particularly in this compact SUV segment. Features Inside the revolutionary design continues with a sophisticated and spacious cabin. The seamless integration of technology provides Tucson buyers with an advanced digital experience that can be totally customised. The large 10.25-inch screen fills the centre of the vehicle doing away with physical knobs and buttons. Everything including the ventilation and air conditioning functions are controlled via the touch, screen. Looking around you get high-quality soft-touch materials throughout the interior, lifting the look and feel to a more premium level. Customers can choose from three interior trims, including one-tone Black in fabric or leather, two-tone Black and Beige in fabric or leather and the Teal colour pack. The Teal pack offers a black textile or leather seat with teal stitching on the seats, armrest and gearshift. Teal textile inserts also feature on the cloth door trim and look fantastic. Another nice touch is the pleasant ambient mood lighting, which is positioned in the two side pockets of the centre fascia, in the wireless charging pad and door pocket. You can choose from 64 configurable colours and 10 levels of brightness to suit every mood. Power Hyundai didn’t scrimp on engine choices either and this new Tucson was developed to reduce emissions but also remain engaging to drive. By offering three electrified powertrain options and two internal combustion engines with four transmission choices there should certainly be an engine to suit your needs. With petrol and diesel 48-volt mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid available to consumers, the Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in the segment. Our test vehicle was powered by the 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream engine with the 44.2 kW electric motor. It was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be purchased as a two or four-wheel drive SUV. When you combine the petrol and electric motors in Sports Mode the Tucson makes 227bhp, which is by no means slow. Naturally when you are in this mode you will be hard on both petrol and battery power! The lovely thing about this engine to drive is the newly developed Intelligent Manual Transmission or ‘iMT’. iMT operates purely electronically, and decouples the engine from the transmission after you release the accelerator while driving at constant speed. This allows the Tucson to enter into coasting mode using the electric motor. It can re-engage the engine and correct gear as it sees fit. Very clever stuff! Safety Hyundai have really upped their game in the safety department compared to the Tucson of old. Now you get Highway Drive Assist, which is semi-autonomous driving for the first time. This feature can brake, accelerate and gently steer the SUV within its lane, with one button on the steering wheel to turn it on and off. Autonomous emergency braking and Junction Turning, which monitors cars approaching from the opposite side as you indicate to turn out of a junction, activate the brakes if an unseen car approaches. It now also has an enhanced seven-airbag system, which features a new first row center side airbag, a feature unique to this segment. Parking has also been made more convenient and safer with features like Remote Smart Parking Assist, that can 'summon' a car from its parking spot via a button on the key. You will not be left wanting in the safety department with the all-new Tucson. Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Prices The diesel Tucson range uses a 1.6-litre engine and is available from €32,845 rising to €38,245. The new Tucson petrol hybrid kicks off at €36,345 rising to €41,745. It uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine, electric motor, and 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. Our test vehicle was the Executive Plus model which comes in at €42,095. Summary Our time with the new Tucson was enjoyable to say the least. It certainly turns heads and is very pleasant to live with. At 20mm longer, 15mm wider, and a wheelbase that has been increased by 10mm compared to the previous generation, you really feel the spacious interior. We had the Tucson fully loaded at one point and the passengers in the rear complimented the 26mm of additional legroom. Boot space for that all-important staycation has been increased to 620 litres for overall luggage with the seats up and 1,799 litres with the seats folded. This makes it very practical indeed for families of any age. Reliability shouldn’t be questioned either with Hyundai having an excellent track record and offering a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. If you are in the market for a compact SUV that’s no longer all that compact, then look no further than the generous Tucson. We now know the reason they don’t last long on the showroom floor! Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Pros Styling Space Drive Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Cons Our test car was a little pricey! DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X I 100th Anniversary Review

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. This week we have been spending some time with the new Mazda3 and it’s not just the Mazda3 as you know it but actually the 100th Anniversary special edition. This is a blend of both the current Mazda3 and the Mazda R360 from which it took inspiration as a celebration of the companies historic rise. Mazda has preformed admirably from their humble beginnings as cork manufacturers to now making some of the most desirable cars on the road. I mean just look at the Mazda3, is there are bad angle to this car at all? It’s not hard to see why it claimed the 2020 World Car Design of the Year prize along with many other prestigious design awards. So what exactly is this and can anyone buy one? Well yes and no. The Mazda3 is readily available and can be ordered from your local dealer in a desired spec at any time. Just 100 examples of the 100th Anniversary Edition 3 made their way to the UK with approximately 20 destined for Ireland. At the time of writing 12 have been sold and the order books will soon end for this celebratory version. Features The differences up close are pretty simple but combined they make a big impact. The pearl white with back 18-inch wheels looks fantastic. Subtle badging on the wheels and on the body denotes the anniversary specification. Inside the burgundy red leather seats and carpets again embossed with the celebratory badge look absolutely sublime. Sitting into the drivers seat and you are cocooned in premium materials with all essentials within easy reach. The central infotainment system is controlled by Mazda’s tried and tested click-wheel system, which we prefer to the more complicated touchscreen setups. Bose speakers provide an audible treat when you select your favourite tunes and you are left under no illusion that you are in something very premium. Even the leather key casing proudly displays the 100th Anniversary logo! Power Powering this Mazda3 is the latest 2.0-litre e-Skyactiv-X engine, which produces 186ps at 6,000rpm. Early versions of this engine were a little lackluster but recent tweaks, which we will go into a little later, make this a much-improved powerplant most noticeable from 2000rpm onwards. Even better, efficiency has also been improved, with CO2 emissions dropping by 5 to 11 g/km depending on model, transmission and trim level. Both this engine and the Skyactiv-G offer a mild hybrid solution to help with the running of the infotainment and climate control etc. As we often say, at the very least you should be considering a mild hybrid when considering your next car and thankfully Mazda offer just that, throughout the range. Safety More good news here as the Mazda3 claimed the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. It performed admirably in all four Euro NCAP test categories, Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) and Safety Assist. Mazda put this down to three key factors: the adoption of the very latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which features a high-rigidity, impact-absorbing yet lightweight bodyshell; an even wider range of advanced i-Activsense safety technologies to help drivers identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury; and enhanced pedestrian protection performance. As expected Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Active Driving Display, Radar Cruise control and much more will leave you with real peace of mind. Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X Prices Entry into Mazda3 ownership kicks off at around €28,500 rising with each specification increase to €35,500. Our 100th Anniversary Special Edition test vehicle is available exclusively by order only and you can expect to pay €37,220 for this very rare version. If you are interested you will have to contact your local Mazda dealer to register your interest in the hope there will be one left. Summary Ok, so to drive the Mazda3 is typical Mazda in the sense that corners exceptionally well and eats motorway miles for breakfast. As mentioned above the early versions of the Skyactiv-X engine needed a little refining but the updates to Mazda’s 2.0-litre Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine have been noticeable to say the least. By adjusting the compression ratio from 16.3:1 to 15.0:1, modifying the pistons and updating the Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid system’s software you get a broader operating band of combustion efficiency, which allows the engine produce more torque and improve everyday fuel economy. The intake valve timing has also been adapted through modifying the intake camshaft, resulting in fewer trips to the fuel station. Living with the Mazda3 for the week was easy. Yes there are cars with more boot space, rear leg and headroom in this class but few look, and feel this good. The price tag for many on this Anniversary edition will not make sense but the good news is that you can spec another to look almost as good whilst saving you some cash! To see more be sure to check out our full video review on YouTube. Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X Pros Styling Revised Engine Rarity Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X Cons A little bumpy on back roads thanks to the low profile tyres. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Review

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. In late 2019 we were treated to a first drive of the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQC. This generously proportioned electric SUV ticked all the quality boxes but at nearly €100,000 including the grants, it was far from cheap and a difficult entry point into EV ownership for Mercedes buyers. Now things have changed and Mercedes-Benz has their sights on the next generation of eco-conscious motorists. The arrival of the new EQA 250, which is essentially the all-electric version of their popular compact A-Class range, opens up a new audience. With its GLA-styled SUV body, the EQA’s fully electric pedigree is evident in its distinctive Mercedes-EQ appearance and reminds us very much of the EQC we previously tested. At the front you get the striking black panel grille with the famous star, EQ blue headlamp strips and a distinctive fibre-optic strip running along front and rear to denote its Mercedes-EQ family membership. Opening the driver’s door you will see the electric character continue with backlit trim and rosé gold decorative elements on ventilation outlets, seats and the key. All this combines to leave you under no illusions that you are in a premium vehicle. Features True to Mercedes-Benz ambition to establish a strong market presence in Ireland for their electric-powered EQ model range, they have fitted a plethora of high-end features to the new EQA. Purchasers can look forward to high-performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, electrically operated tailgate, light 18-inch alloys, and 64-colour ambient lighting in the cabin. Specification can also include luxury seating with adjustable lumbar support, reversing camera and a leather sports steering wheel. Available also is the popular Night Package and two design/equipment lines Electric Art and the AMG Line which our test car was fitted with. Regardless of the specification you choose Mercedes-Benz have been very conscious that low wind resistance equates to high efficiency and better battery range so it has a 0.28 Cd value and aerodynamic features that include front and rear aprons, smooth underbody, closed cooling air system, and wind-optimised wheels with spoilers to make it as slippery through the air as possible. Battery & Range Our test car was the single motor EQA 250, which has a 140 kW power output and combined consumption of 15.7 kWh/100 km. This gives you a WLTP calculated range of 426 km although our mountainous test route was a little more demanding on the battery. People often worry about cold weather usage of electric vehicles also but with a heat pump that uses waste heat from the electric motor to warm passengers, increase range and reduce the draw on battery power, you can rest assure that the EQA is as thermally efficient as possible. Its motor is isolated from the chassis and body to improve comfort and reduce noise and vibration. Future variants to include the EQA300 and 350 will include all-wheel-drive with outputs of 200 kW and a WLTP calculated range in excess of 500 km. This in our opinion will be real world livable range. Safety Safety is naturally going to be a priority for Mercedes-Benz and by bringing in some of the technology found in the A-Class and GLA you will expect the EQA to do well in its upcoming NCAP test. Occupant protection includes driver and front passenger airbags, driver’s knee bag, and first and second row window bags. Front side airbags are also standard. Add to this Active Brake Assist, Active Speed limit Assist, a Lane Keeping Assist function and a blind spot warning system fitted to all Mercedes cars. All EQA models sold Ireland also include ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assistance feature with all of their navigation and electric intelligence supports. We would expect a five star safety rating for the EQA. Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Prices This is where it gets interesting because the EQA 250 with Progressive line as standard has prices beginning from €51,125 inclusive of SEAI grant. The government have changed the SEAI grant rules now and the cut off point has been set at €60,000. This pushes our test vehicle which was the AMG line priced at almost €65,000 over the threshold and no longer qualifies for the grant. This means you have to be careful with your specification if you want to avail of the current €5000 grant. Summary Living with the Mercedes-Benz EQA for a brief period was a pleasure. It manages its battery well, pulls four people along with ease thanks to the 275Nm of torque on offer and feels so compliant, regardless of the surface you may find yourself on. Yes there are cheaper EV cars on the market here in Ireland and some are more practical when you consider the EQA has just 340 litres of boot space but few offer the driving characteristics of the Mercedes. In a way the EQA has become the first premium brand in this price point here in Ireland. Soon it will be joined by the new Audi Q4 e-tron and possibly the Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3. For now if you can hit that sweet spot to avail of the SEAI grant, you could be enjoying some premium EV motoring before you know it! Be sure to take a test drive from your local Mercedes-Benz agent. Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Pros Styling Comfort Range Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Cons Boot size Spec price To see our full video review of the Mercedes-Benz EQA please visit the DoneDeal YouTube channel. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here.

  • Summer Car Checks

    As the school holidays kick off, the thoughts of many families turn towards the precious annual holiday. For families that are planning a holiday with the car, either at home or abroad if you are lucky enough, it is advisable that some simple car checks before heading off, could save a lot of trouble. Here are five simple vehicle safety checks that any driver can do to their car to help keep families safe during the annual migration. Give the car’s interior a clean The majority of motorists are not particularly careful about keeping their cars very clean – inside or out. A survey of 2,000 motorists carried out by Continental Tyres showed that one in five claimed to tidy the inside of their car just once a year, generally when it is facing an NCT or garage visit. However, when you are embarking on a long journey such as heading off on holiday, it is important to have the cabin area of the car clear of the usual clutter that can accumulate. For example, an empty can, bottle or other piece of rubbish rolling under the brake pedal while driving could have very serious consequences. Check the car’s tyres Studies show that the highest number of tyre-related incidents occur during the summer months. Families heading off on holiday in cars more heavily laden than usual are especially vulnerable. A damaged tyre is more likely to fail when carrying a heavier load on a much longer trip than usual. A heavily laden car with people and baggage and an extra-long trip, this is exactly what happens when a family departs on holiday in their car, that is why it is crucially important to thoroughly check the tyres. The next time you fill up the car with fuel, check the air pressures in your tyres and inspect the tread depth of all four tyres, not forgetting the spare wheel, if you have one. If there are any bulges or cracks, take your car to a reputable tyre dealer to have them professionally checked. Tyres are your only point of contact with the road, so it is very important to regularly check on the condition of them. Check the car’s windscreen wipers On holiday, we are all hoping for good weather but sometimes it doesn’t always go according to plan, so be ready for some of those sudden, heavy summer downpours. So, make sure to check the condition of your car’s wiper blades. Lift the front and rear windscreen wipers away from the glass and check that their rubber blade isn’t worn down or peeling away from its base. If they are not totally clearing the water, see about replacing them before you set off. Check your vehicles lights Driving with defective lights is both illegal and dangerous for you and for other road users. So, take a couple of minutes to ask a family member or friend to walk around your car as you switch on the side lights, the headlights, operate the main beam and then check the indicators and brake lights. And don’t forget the fog lamps and reversing lights. If you are traveling to the continent, don’t forget to use headlamp converter stickers so that your headlights do not dazzle oncoming traffic. Check the car’s service schedule Occasionally checking the level of oil in the engine is not enough to keep your car in good health. It should be serviced according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service schedule, which can be found in the car’s handbook. During its service, important items such as the tyres, brakes, suspension, engine, exhaust, and transmission will all be inspected. And simple items such as the filters will be changed, important when you are embarking on a long drive, perhaps (hopefully!) in warm weather, so you don’t want to circulate dirty air in the car or – even worse – risk a breakdown because an old fuel filter is clogged with debris. The number of road accidents actually increases during the summer months as many more people take to the roads for holidays and outdoor activities. So above all, make sure to drive in a careful and courteous manner paying particular attention to more vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. We hope these checks help you plan for your staycation this year and wish you many miles of happy motoring. Remember its never how fast you get there but making sure you get there that's important. Stay safe!

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Review

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. It’s not long since we had the new Golf Mk8 in the driveway and what a great car it was to spend time with. Picking up speed we have somehow jumped the regular GTI, GTE and GTD to find ourselves living with the new Golf GTI Clubsport. This vehicle marks the next chapter in the brand’s tradition of high-performance GTI’s and as always it comes with a certain amount of fanfare. When the first Golf GTI Clubsport was launched in 2016 on the 40th anniversary of the iconic hatch, car journalists salivated at the thought of a more focused GTI. This is car that sits above the regular GTI but naturally below the Golf R and is designed to give buyers that option to hit the track after a long weeks work. Volkswagen are confident that they are writing the next chapter of the successful Golf story with this new Clubsport. The reworked turbocharged engine, fully connected drivetrain, and the brand new Nürburgring driving profile is bound to raise eyebrows when you get behind the wheel. Designed for the legendary Nordschleife track in Germany, the Golf GTI Clubsport marks a new milestone for driving enthusiasts and is set to be one of the all time great front-wheel-drive hot hatch VW’s. Features First things first, just look at the stance of the new Golf GTI Clubsport. It would look very much at home on any racetrack thanks to that aggressive front end. The bumper looks almost open at the bottom with just the radiator grille trim and the larger aerodynamic wings guiding the head wind to keep the engine cool. At the rear, the two-part roof spoiler not only catches the eye but also works in tandem with the front spoiler to significantly increase the down force at speed. From the side you see a special diffuser, wider sills and a drop of 10 millimetres onto those purposeful 18-inch alloy wheels. Back to the rear and oval tailpipes replace the round versions previously found on the sports exhaust system. A genuine Clubsport will be denoted by the single tailpipe positioned on the left and right of the body. Inside it’s reminiscent of any modern GTI but heavily customised with supportive sport seats in ArtVelours, a sports steering wheel with perforated leather grip zones to make paddle shifting on the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox super easy. Sports pedals, and neat trim on the door cards and dash leave occupants under no illusion that you are in something special. Power Back to the business end now and the Golf GTI Clubsport turbocharged engine (EA888 evo4), has been reworked to push nearly 300hp with 400 Nm of torque. All this power is fed to the front wheels using a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager. This was launched in the new Golf GTI and closely integrates control of the electronic differential locks (XDS) and the lateral dynamic components of the optional adaptive chassis control DCC for a better drive. In the new Golf GTI Clubsport the standard electromechanical front-axle locking differential is now included in the Vehicle Dynamics Manager’s network for the first time meaning even more grip can be obtained from the front wheels on track! This wizardry we look forward to testing some day at a circuit but for now we just have to enjoy our mountainous back roads and boy does it feel good! Safety The eighth-generation Golf does not disappoint in the safety stakes having achieved a five star overall rating in the latest round of EuroNCAP tests. The independent crash testing authority lauded the Golf for its “excellent crashworthiness” and standard fitment of a number of assist systems that help prevent an accident in the first place. The Golf achieved a score of 95% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child protection, 76% for its protection of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and 78% for its safety assist systems. It has all the tech and airbags you need to keep you somewhat safe although do be careful on the Nürburgring! Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Prices Prices for the MK8 Volkswagen Golf GTI kick off at around €45,000 but you can expect to pay €52,000 up on the Clubsport. Various finance and PCP options are available through Volkswagens trusted dealer network nationwide. Summary If this is VW’s attempt to continue the tradition of high-performance GTI models with the new Golf GTI Clubsport then they have certainly succeeded. The Clubsport is a little more taught on the road and perhaps a little firm to live with as a family car but if you like you’re hot hatch that bit spicier, then this is the car for you. The last Clubsport at the hands of pro race driver Benjamin Leuchter set a new lap record for front-wheel-drive vehicles on the Nordschleife at Nürburgring in May 2016 with a time of 07:49:21 minutes and I have no doubt in the right hands, the new Clubsport could go one better! The larger brakes inspire confidence, the hint of negative camber in the wheel setup allows precise turn in with bags of grip and then the clever differential somehow manages to apply power to road with minimum traction loss. Clicking the paddles through the 7 gears available on a spirited drive is a joy as it instantaneously gives you the right gear and a suitable audible treat from the Akrapovič exhaust system, which is standard on the Clubsport. This is one of those cars that’s hard to give back and a welcome break from the world of hybrids and EV’s we find ourselves in right now. If you enjoy driving, it’s hard to look beyond the GTI Clubsport as the best all-round package on the road today. Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Pros Performance Handling Looks Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Cons Not a lot really! DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • Audi Q5 35 TDI (2021) Review

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. It’s safe to say the Audi Q5 has been one of the bestselling SUV's in the premium mid-size segment on European markets for years. It seems to have the ability to combine the best of both worlds by offering you a vehicle that’s not to big, and yet not small enough to trouble a family of a decent size. Now the successful midsize SUV has been extensively updated inside and out to compete with the very best in this segment. Although the width and height of the Q5 remain as before at 1.89 metres and 1.66 metres respectively, it is now 19 millimetres longer at 4.8 metres, thanks to new larger bumpers. It is currently available here in the familiar Sport, S line and Vorsprung specification options but some lucky punters might also be able to bag an exclusive Edition 1 version for the first time. Next generation digital OLED exterior lighting for top-tier versions is also a first in the automotive sector. The upper sections of the LED headlamps now replace the Xenon units as part of the entry level Sport specification featuring a new signature style for their daytime running lights, while S line and Edition 1 models get cutting edge Matrix LED headlamps that were previously reserved for Vorsprung versions. Features Once you are done admiring the striking exterior it’s time to open the door and reveal the expansive sweep of the two-section dashboard and sculpted trim inlay. Sitting in reveals that Audi’s famous MMI powered monitor has grown to 10.1 inches compared to the outgoing model of 8.3 inches a feast of new technological gains await you from the comfort of front sport seats. As expected the trim is beautiful with two-tone leather in the Sport model, Alcantara and leather in the S line variant or diamond stitched fine Nappa leather in the Edition 1. Power Audi are never shy on engine offerings and the Q5 is no different with a range of TDI and TFSI engines ready to power this mid size SUV. Hybrid lovers are also catered for, as the Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will also be reinstated with a choice of two outputs. Most Q5 owners will probably opt for the 35 TDI with 161 hp powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. If you can stretch to the 40 TDI you can experience a nice power increase from 190HP to 204HP, and peak torque of 400Nm. The mild hybrid system (MHEV) and the latest on-demand version of quattro all-wheel-drive use a belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) to recuperate energy generated under braking and stores it in a compact lithium-ion battery within the 12-volt electrical circuitry. It enables the Audi Q5 to coast with the engine off at speeds of up to 160kp/h. This naturally is a significant boost to fuel economy. Safety From appearance alone the Q5 looks strong, safe and robust. Aside from a plethora of airbags, expect virtually every driver assistance feature available including front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control, pre sense city collision avoidance and a mitigation system. Hill descent control is common to all versions, but upgraded adaptive cruise control and pre sense systems are also welcome assistants to take care of you and other occupants. Step up a little further in price and you can also avail of a parking space, blind spot and motorway lane assistants. It’s an extensive list that is guaranteed to have you in good hands. Audi Q5 35 TDI Prices Prices kick off at roughly €56,997 for the new Q5 stepping up incrementally depending on your engine choice and trim specification. Audi have a number of finance and PCP options across the range so it’s worth dropping in to see your local dealer and taking a test drive. Summary After spending a few days with the Audi Q5 I think its safe to say it’s a wonderful vehicle to spend time with. The advanced quattro system works in tandem with conventionally sprung and exceptionally lightweight multilink front and rear suspension. Flicking through the various driver profiles on your daily commute leaves you safe in the knowledge that regardless of the conditions ahead, you are going to get there! Our 7-speed automatic accelerated this Q5 35 TDI to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds and it will pull until you reach 212 kph. Even though it has a kerb weight of 1740 kg, it can easily achieve 4.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers or 60 mpg in old money. The 65 litre fuel tank is good for 1382 kilometres before you will need a refill and space is also plentiful with a luggage capacity of 520 litres, expandable to 1520 litres for larger loads. All this combined makes the Q5 a very easy vehicle to live with. It's practical, comfortable, brimming with technology and sitting at a local Audi dealership for you. Go take a look! To see our YouTube video review, please click here channel. Audi Q5 35 TDI Pros Space Quality Drive Audi Q5 35 TDI Cons Not sure about district green! To check out Audi stock on DoneDeal, click here. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • DoneDeal Car Price Index: Used Car Price Inflation 56%

    DoneDeal Motor Price Index - Q4 2021 and Outlook 2022. The Game is changing. The Game is Changing DoneDeal Motor Report Authored by Dr. Tom Gillespie, Economist. Topline Highlights from the report: As of the end of December 2021, used car prices are now 56% higher on average since the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020. In the final quarter of 2021, prices rose by an average of 7.7%, the second-highest quarterly price rise observed since 2011, second only to Q3 of 2021’s quarterly price increase of 10.6%. So although the increase in prices is not as sharp as the previous quarter, it is still at record levels. Consumer Demand on DoneDeal for New and Used Cars is up 80% on January 2020, the last ‘normal’ January for comparative purposes. The deficit of used cars is in the region of 125,000 vs normal trading conditions. In previous years the supply of used cars in Ireland was aided by the glut of Celtic Tiger year cars. However, this aging cohort of cars are rapidly becoming obsolete, hitting the lower end of the market hardest, which go towards explaining the 83% rate of price inflation in cars below €3,000 observed since the pandemic. This contrasts with a more modest 30% rate of inflation in the upper end of the market (cars worth €13,000 or more) for the same period. Consumers looking to trade in their old cars have stronger bargaining chips as car dealers struggle to maintain their inventory. In Ireland, the deficit of UK used cars has led to a doubling of the number of imported used cars from Japan, from 3,243 in 2019 to 9,805 in 2021. In Ireland, the share of electric and hybrid new car registrations is rapidly increasing. In the first half of 2019, only 2.4% of new car registrations were fully electric. In the second half of 2021, that figure has quadrupled to 10.5%. 70% of people surveyed as part of a study accompanying the price index said they plan to buy Electric within the next five years. As the motor industry adapts to these fundamental changes, so too should government policy. Methodology Over 90% of dealer car stock is on DoneDeal. DoneDeal is the largest car marketplace in Ireland, listing 9 out of 10 cars advertised online from car dealerships in Ireland. Economist Tom Gillespie analyzed over 5m of DoneDeal’s vehicle listings from 2011-2021 using hedonic regression analysis to isolate pricing inflation associated with vehicles after controlling for mileage, age, and other vehicle attributes. Download the full report here. #Motors #ElectricVehicles

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