Families scrapping second cars in bid to cut costs
CASH-STRAPPED households are getting rid of the second family car to beat the recession.
More than 50,000 cars and trucks disappeared off Irish roads in the past year due to the continuing recession, the Government's Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics reveals.
Many of these were scrapped and not replaced, in a bid to cut down on the annual motoring bill, the Irish Independent has learned.
A total of 103,076 new vehicles were registered for the first time in 2010, a 41pc increase on the previous year.
But the number of cars and trucks scrapped in the last year stood at 51,273.
Ford was the most popular brand of new car in 2010, followed by Toyota, Volkswagen and Renault.
But there is always room for expensive cars. There are 17 Rolls Royces, 75 Maseratis, 44 Ferraris, 84 Aston Martins, and 133 Bentleys on Irish roads.
At the other end of the scale, there are five Robin Reliants, made famous by Del Boy Trotter in the classic 'Only Fools and Horses'.