The motorists who bought last July – and those who waited for 141
Seven drivers tell Olive Keogh what influenced their decisions and how happy they are with the cars
It was a case of making their minds up to be among the first to own a 132-reg last year, or to stick with the more traditional choice of waiting until the new year. Here we discover the variety of reasons that prompted their choice to change or not to change.
JOHN AND TRISH
Trade in: Mercedes CLK
Bought: 132 Ford Fiesta
Main reason for change: High running costs
John and Trish Sheridan bought a 132 Fiesta Titanium in July last year. The cost of road tax on Trish's vehicle (an old Mercedes 230 CLK) came to the guts of €1,000 and was the main factor in the decision to change. Trish chose the Fiesta because she liked its looks and levels of equipment.
Both John and Trish drive the Fiesta and the couple like its comfort and running costs.
John says: "Trish puts in €50 worth of fuel and that will keep her going for a month. The tax is a fraction of what we were paying and the insurance is halved. We think it's a great little car."
Trade in: Ford Focus
Bought: 132 Ford Focus
Main reason for change: Age of car and desire to change from petrol to diesel
Prior to the recession Brenda King liked to change her car every year. A committed Ford and Focus driver, she changed her 08 Focus for a 132 last year.
"Rialto Motors offered me a good trade-in and I liked the fact that the decision-making and sale process wasn't rushed and that I was getting my new car in the summertime.
"It was much more relaxed than buying in December. Rialto advised me to go for a diesel as I have a commute to work and it's terrific from a fuel economy perspective. I've been driving a Focus for about 12 years and I like it because it's reliable and sturdy."
Trade in: Ford Focus
Bought: 141 Seat Leon ST
Main reason for change: Age of car, wanted the space of an estate
John Smyth replaced his 2005 Ford Focus with a Seat Leon ST (estate) in 141.
"We have an S-Max and that's great for the kids and all their gear but our second car also needs to be able to double as a family car when needed," he says.
"I liked the cabin and boot space in the Leon Sports Tourer. I was also attracted by the FR specification which gave me a lot of equipment.
"I rarely stay with the same brand when I change my car and I think it was the SEAT's looks that initially caught my attention.
"What clinched it was the combination of specification and price."
Trade in: Hyundai Santa Fe
Bought: 141 SsangYong Korando
Main reason for change: Fuel bills too high
Margaret Cosgrove likes to change her car every two years.
Up to this year she was a committed Santa Fe driver having had four in a row.
Now she's driving a 141 SsangYong Korando and is delighted with the change.
"I found the Santa Fe was heavy on diesel and that was one of the main reasons we changed," she says.
"I was putting in around €90 every two weeks and we were only doing low mileage – around 14,000 kilometres a year.
"I saw the Korando and liked the look of it and had a test drive and liked the feel of it.
"My son uses a wheelchair so access is important for us as is the boot space and there is plenty of room in the Korando.
"It also has leather seats that are easy to wipe clean and the back seats are heated.
"I also like the automatic lights and wipers feature. I find the Korando a lot more economical – I put in around €60 every two weeks in fuel – very comfortable and practical."
Trade in: Kia Sportage
Bought: 141 Kia Sportage
Main reason for change: Likes to change car every two years
Julie Fuller not alone bought a new 141-reg, she also got one for her daughter Emily.
Julie took delivery of her new 141 Kia Sportage in March while Emily now has a Kia procee'd
"I waited until March as there was a new specification coming," she says.
"I love my Sportage and this is my first time to buy the same car twice in a row.
"I stayed with Kia because of the seven-year warranty, which gives great peace of mind and because of the customer service from Slater Motors in Mullingar. They are extremely helpful and very professional.
"They have been fantastic to deal with and any problem is sorted straight away."
Trade in: Citroen C4 Picasso
Bought: 141 Peugeot 3008
Main reason for change: Very attractive trade-in offer
Donal Dixon liked the C4 Picasso five years ago for its comfort, high driving position, good boot space and ease of access.
When Bluebell Motors made him a good trade-in offer recently he knew that the C4's replacement would have to have same attributes and found the Peugeot 3008 ticked all the boxes.
"I have reached the age where having the seat at a higher level is better for access and I also like the visibility it gives you," he says.
"We also have a son living in London and as I don't much care for airports it suits us to put everything we want into the boot, take the ferry and drive down at leisure," he says.
"I chose the 3008 as it is very similar to the C4 in terms of engine size (I drive a diesel automatic), comfort and performance."