One in three mo­torists con­sid­er­ing new ve­hi­cle pur­chase in 2019

The Corkman - - DRIVE INTO 191 -

Re­search by mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions spe­cial­ist, ‘Easytrip’, Ire­land’s only elec­tronic park­ing and tolling tag provider, has re­vealed that one in three mo­torists are con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase of a new ve­hi­cle in 2019.

Those driv­ers who were seek­ing to se­cure a new ve­hi­cle this year also high­lighted the fol­low­ing en­gine type pref­er­ences:

Diesel - 43% Hy­brid - 27% Petrol - 19% Plug-in elec­tric - 9%

When it came to where the ve­hi­cle would be pur­chased, re­spon­dents to the Easytrip re­search high­lighted a lo­cal car deal­er­ship as their top choice at 77%.

This was fol­lowed by 15% of re­spon­dents who were con­sid­er­ing a UK im­port pur­chase, and 5% who would be pur­chas­ing the ve­hi­cle pri­vately.

Com­ment­ing on the re­search, Colin De­laney, CEO of Easytrip said: “A new ve­hi­cle pur­chase is a key re­quire­ment for many mo­torists and it’s in­ter­est­ing to see from our re­search that diesel re­mains as the most pop­u­lar op­tion fol­lowed by hy­brids and petrol mod­els this year.

“When it comes to where to pur­chase a ve­hi­cle, we would rec­om­mend that mo­torists do their re­search and se­lect a lo­cal deal­er­ship who is a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of the Ir­ish Mo­tor In­dus­try (SIMI).

“Whether it’s a new or pre-owned model pur­chase, the car mar­ket has a lot to of­fer for those buy­ing and we would ad­vise mo­torists to shop around and to re­mind them to up­date their Easytrip ac­count de­tails when change of own­er­ship is con­firmed,” added Mr De­laney.

Easytrip is urg­ing its cus­tomers to up­date their Easytrip ac­count de­tails if buy­ing or sell­ing a ve­hi­cle dur­ing the 191-reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod to avoid in­cur­ring any un­nec­es­sary toll charges.

Pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios that can lead to pay­ing un­ex­pected toll charges in­clude:

if you’ve bought a new ve­hi­cle and trans­ferred your ex­ist­ing tag to it but for­got to up­date your ac­count de­tails, you’ll risk re­ceiv­ing a toll bill (billed at the higher rate) and penalty

Buy­ing a new ve­hi­cle:

charge if you’ve trav­elled through the M50 toll plaza as your new ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion is not con­nected to your toll tag ac­count.

Sell­ing your old ve­hi­cle:

if you’ve sold your old ve­hi­cle and in­ad­ver­tently left your tag in the ve­hi­cle and haven’t up­dated your toll tag ac­count, the new owner may con­tinue to use your tag at most bar­rier toll plazas, rack­ing up a bill con­nected to your ac­count.

Easytrip cus­tomers can up­date their ve­hi­cle de­tails through their on­line ac­count at www.easytrip.ie or by con­tact­ing easytrip on 1890 67 67 68.

Sign­ing up to an Easytrip tag ac­count is sim­ple, you save €1 on M50 toll fees and avoid in­cur­ring M50 toll fines for non-pay­ment within the spec­i­fied pe­riod.

Tag hold­ers can also avail of Easytrip’s has­sle free park­ing ser­vice in over 30 car parks na­tion­wide with the Easytrip App or tag as well as other ser­vices in­clud­ing break­down as­sis­tance and Punc­ture Pro­tect.

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