NEW-CAR registrations are still running a strong 30pc or thereabouts ahead of last February.
With more than two weeks selling – and despite incessant rain and wind – someone somewhere is buying cars.
Up to the close of business on the 17th there were 4,302 registered as opposed to 3,331 for the corresponding period for last year, according to figures from Motorcheck.ie. (pictured)
Year-on-year the numbers are significantly increased – 27,197 as opposed to 20,610.
There was a bit of a rush to register in the last few days of January, so again we'll see if that is repeated this month in the battle for market share.
It may be that people are doing their 'buying' at home and online before they set foot in a garage, but considering the barrage of rain and wind this month in particular, it is remarkable that so many cars have been registered.