British imports stifle new car sales

Some 21 per cent of used cars imported into Ireland last year were less than two years old, according to vehicle data experts, Motorcheck.ie

It found that of the 127,000 imported into Ireland in 2018, more than 25,000 units (21 per cent ) were at least two years old and more than 3,000 of these were less than one year old.

Mercedez-Benz (460 ) were the most popular new or nearly-new imported vehicle, with Ford (391 ), BMW (360 ), Audi (227 ), and Honda (188 ) making up the rest of the top five most imported 2018 models last year.

Michael Rochford, Motorcheck.ie MD, says the drop in new car sales during 2018 can almost certainly be attributed to the influence of Brexit and the rise in the number of nearly new imports being brought in from Britain.

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