One in three motorists considering a new vehicle purchase

Research by motoring solutions specialist, Easytrip Ireland, has revealed that a third of Irish motorists are considering the purchase of a new vehicle in the second half of 2016, with 54 per cent of those looking to purchase a new 162 model and 46 per cent a used vehicle.

Easytrip is reminding customers who are buying a new vehicle to update their account details to avoid incurring toll bills and penalty notices from motorway operators.

Of those who are considering a new vehicle purchase, 46 per cent are seeking a similar size to their current vehicle, 31 per cent are looking to upgrade to a larger model, while 8 per cent hope to downsize to a smaller model and engine size. The Easytrip research also revealed that 14 per cent are looking to purchase a second family car.

“Our research shows that a significant number of drivers are looking to upgrade their vehicles during the 162 registration period. We are advising all our customers to remember to remove their Easytrip tag from their vehicle before making the exchange and to update your account details once change of ownership has been processed,” says Colin Delaney, general manager, Easytrip Ireland.

Possible scenarios that can lead to you paying unnecessary toll charges include:

Selling your old car: if you’ve sold your old car and inadvertently left your tag in the car and haven’t updated your toll tag account, the new owner could continue to use your tag at most barrier toll plazas, racking up a bill connected to your account.

Buying a new car: if you’ve bought a new car and transferred your existing tag to it but forgot to update your account details, you’ll risk receiving a toll bill (billed at the higher rate ) and penalty charge if you’ve travelled through the M50 toll plaza as your new car registration is not connected to your toll tag account.

Easytrip customers save on toll fees, avoid incurring fines on the M50 motorway, and have access to all 11 toll plazas nationwide as well as exclusive cash-free access to 25 car parks across Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford and other motoring services.

Easytrip customers can update their vehicle details through their online account or by contacting Easytrip on 1890 67 67 68.

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