Nation's cars getting older, data reveals
Published 28/08/2011 | 05:00
NEW data from Cartell.ie shows that Ireland's cars are getting older. In January 2006, the average age of a car in Ireland was less than six years old. By the start of 2011 this had risen to 7.4 years, with a month-by-month increase.
Motoring website Completecar.ie -- which carried the data -- added that a reason for this is that significantly fewer new vehicles have been sold in Ireland since 2009. According to Completecar.ie director Shane O'Donoghue, the data from Cartell.ie -- an outfit which offers a report service detailing the history of cars which buyers may be about to purchase -- reveals a less well publicised factor: nearly half of the cars registered in Ireland in 2009 were, in fact, used imports, which will age the overall fleet of cars in the country.
He added that the sharp drop in new car sales in 2009 was primarily to do with the credit crunch and global recession. However, it's believed that drivers are happier to hold onto their cars for longer too, as reliability and durability has improved dramatically in the past decade. Significant rust is a thing of the past too.