Friday 24 November 2017

Boost as more people visit dealerships

There is a greater footfall in car dealerships.
There is a greater footfall in car dealerships.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

IT IS too early to say but there does seem to be a sizeable increase in the number of new cars being registered.

Many will have been pre-ordered but there is greater footfall in dealerships and more of a buzz around and that is always a sign people are not far off buying.

It will take a while to see a trend emerging but SIMI's Alan Nolan told us: "It has been a reasonable start. The projection would be better than last year. We are hoping it will be a matter of 'a bit better' each year from now on."

Predictions of up to 85,000 new-car registrations are being made in some quarters -- that would be 11,000 ahead of last year. But all that could change. Most commentators expect 80,000-plus.

Wider availability of credit is seen as one of the main reasons people are considering buying a 14-reg.

And car makers are trying to get new models into the market as quickly as possible -- while others will have to wait for factory production.

We have outlined the major arrivals for the rest of the year as a guide to anyone planning on buying.

NEW CAR ARRIVALS: Pages 2 & 3

Irish Independent

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