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Top Tips for Buying a Used Automobile

by Paul Healy on 15 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Top Tips for Buying a Used Automobile

New automobile sales figures tend to attract the most attention as they can be used as an indicator of a growing economy but on average, there are 2.5 times as many used automobile sales than new automobile ones in any given year. Moreover, this doesn't seem to be changing, if anything, used sales are increasing as those who held on to their automobiles through the height of the (sorry for this) depression now begin to re-enter the market.

While buying new is not without its problems - negotiating the finance minefield, pre-registered stock etc. it is easier to right any…

Friday Find 10th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 10 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 10th April 2015

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most underrated big SUVs around - a proper rival for the BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery that's good to look at and good to drive. Even the slightly cheap interior has been improved lately.

Here's one for a bargain €44,000 thanks to the fact that its massive boot qualifies it for commercial rate VRT. Brilliant automobile at a tempting price - a luxury SUV for the price of a

Captain Buzzkill's April Fool's Day survival blog

by Paul Healy on 01 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Captain Buzzkill's April Fool's Day survival blog

Afternoon all. Captain Buzzkill here to selflessly steer you through the minefield of April Fools' day 'jokes' that the automobile industry has seen fit to foist upon us this year. Who are these faceless, sense of humour bypassed corporations to decide once a year to be funny? Bloody nerve of them!

First up is Nissan with the GYM button. On the face of it, this is actually a relevant technology as it allows the driver to fight the flab by disabling systems such as power steering and electric windows while also increasing the force required to operate the clutch,…

Ex school teacher gets schooled

by Melanie May on 31 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Ex school teacher gets schooled

Dear Melanie,

Would you like to be a Hollywood stunt driver for the day?

I had just received the most exciting email ever. Finally, opportunity knocked. each of those years of drama school had paid off and word obviously had spread about my legendary driving ability. I had arrived. Or maybe not...

Turns out a few of us ‘automobile folk’ received invitations to go down to Mondello Park to learn how to stunt drive and gain an insight into driving like Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner the main characters of the Fast & Furious movies. The stunt-driving event had been organised…

Design is dead

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Design is dead

Have all the great design ideas been used up?

We have a little game we like to play during new automobile launch press conferences. It's called Press Conference Bingo and it's how we keep a track of which buzz-phrases are being used, and how often by how many automobile makers. At any given new vehicle presentation you are almost certain to hear phrases such as 'premium look and feel,' 'coupé-like-window-line,' 'taut, aggressive surfacing' and even 'like an animal, ready to pounce.' None of us has yet stood up to shout "housey housey!!" but it can only be a matter of…