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Car leasing in Ireland


I was reading (and getting involved in) a very interesting thread on Boards.ie over the weekend. Initially the thread started as a “how much does it cost to build a website”, but it quickly evolved into a very interesting topic on what is required to get the best from a website. Someone happened to mention LingsCars.com – which is a highly successful car leasing web site in the UK.

I was delighted when Ling, the lady who set up LingsCars.com decided to join in on the conversation. Ling is probably best known for her appearance on the original Dragon’s Den TV series. She failed in her bid to get the Dragon’s to invest £50,000 in her Car Leasing business, but has roared to success in the past two years since her appearance on the show.

Her eye impairing (:P) website turns over more than £35 million a year in car leasing deals. It’s a true testament to how a great idea, a terrible looking website, with lots of traffic and constant customer engagement can be really successful on the Internet. Myself and Ling it seems will never agree on how she could improve conversions, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed the conversation with her.

Anyway, I’ve kind of gone of the topic here…

The whole thread made me think a little about the Irish and what makes us tick. Why do we insist on BUYING everything that costs more than a few thousand euro? What is it that makes us think that we must OWN our homes and cars. A lot would suggest that owning our homes relates back to the years of oppression suffered at the hands of the British, but surely that psyche hasn’t passed to owning cars too; or has it?

Car leasing has never caught on in Ireland, even though in many other countries (in particular the US) it is the norm. How many people actually know that their local garage even offer such leasing deals on cars – or do they just think, “if I want it, I have to buy it”.

There are many pro’s and con’s to leasing cars – but in todays world, with the recession still firmly gripped to the Irish economy’s throat, surely this is an option for many people who can no longer get the loan they could have in the past from the banks?

Have you ever considered leasing? And if not, why not?

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National Car Testing Service (NCT) closed for now…

Is it just me or is this country getting more ridiculous by the day??

I hate bringing up old stories, but in a country with a competent government we surely wouldn’t be making the same mistakes more than once, would we??? You just have to look at the new learner driver laws that were introduced last year and how the government had to make a U-Turn because of a stupid decision. You could say the exact same thing about the budget.

The latest announcement that from the 1st of May 2009, anyone driving a car without a NCT cert will automatically be given a court summons and on conviction could receive 5 penalty points. They announced this on the 14th of April 2009.

Now, my car is due for a NCT test this month. Two years ago, in my local NCT centre, there was a waiting list of 2 months to be tested… Only the other day I spoke to someone else that was waiting over 3 months to get a test date.

Today, I went to book my test online at www.ncts.ie – How Irish is this, not only is the site not functioning, but it also has a rather ridiculous message:

Due to the recent announcement, NCTS are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand in the number of people requesting a booking. Please be aware that our Call Centre is fully operational however, you may experience problems getting through to us and this is purely down to the volume of people trying to contact us, we do ask that you bear with us on this and that you keep trying.

For booking information please phone 1890 412 413 or e-mail us on bookings@ncts.ie

NCTS do endeavour to contact as many car owners as possible and from the 1st January this year we have sent over 247,000 notifications regarding their NCT however, it should be noted that in some instances such as, change of ownership of the vehicle, if the vehicle is off the road or if the vehicle is out of tax that can affect whether a letter is issued for that vehicle.  Therefore, we would encourage customers who have not heard from the NCT but feel their car is eligible for the NCT to contact us directly and we will arrange an NCT for them.

I tried calling the number they give on the website, after 30 mins of trying, I can’t get through.

Nevermind the fact that I never once received a notification that my car was due for a test, which I think should be the responsiblity of the body to remind us, I’ve got two weeks to book a test when the site is down and no-one is answering the calls.

So it’s up to me to spend 2 weeks now on the phone waiting and hoping that I get through and be able to book a suitable slot to be tested.

Incompetence isn’t the word for this. How can a body that is in charge of keeping our roads safe, dish out new penalty points when they don’t even ask the NCTS if they can handle what was obviously going to be an upsurge in bookings. Have they not even seen the newspapers for the last few months where people aren’t buying new cars anymore, did they not stop to think that there will be more people than ever looking to get their cars NCT’d?????

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New Speed Camera Locations

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NEW!! LATEST Garda Safety Camera Locations For your iPhone : http://www.tomdoyletalk.com/scl/ (Only works on iPhone or Android Phone)

I’ve been sent the updated speed camera list by at least 4-5 people now, so I’m sure a lot of you have seen the list. For those that haven’t, I’ve posted it below. Just for the record, I’m not making this public because of speed boy racers and for people to avoid being caught. Speed cameras are a deterrent to speeding in areas that need people to slow down. So I think awareness is just as important.

County

Zone Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Dublin

1100m

Vernon Avenue (Clontarf Road)

53.358889

-6.195833

Vernon Avenue (Sybill Hill Rd.)

53.368889

-6.194444

R808 Urban

Dublin

4600m

Carrickbrack Road (Greenfield Road)

53.384167

-6.100278

Carrickbrack Road (Kitestown Rd.)

53.373889

-6.056111

R105 Urban

Dublin

630m

Ballymun Road (Glasnevin Ave.)

53.388889

-6.264722

Ballymun Road (Griffith Ave.)

53.378611

-6.265278

R108 Urban

Dublin

1300m

Turvey Avenue

53.490278

-6.195833

Turvey Avenue

53.501944

-6.193056

R132 Regional

Dublin

1800m

Dublin Road (Pinnock Hill)

53.434167

-6.228333

Dublin Road (Pinnock Hill)

53.449722

-6.225556

R137 Main

County

Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Dublin

1920m

East Wall Road

53.360556

-6.238889

East Wall Road

53.346944

-6.227222

R131 Urban

Dublin

850m

North Wall Quay

53.347500

-6.238611

North Wall Quay

53.346667

-6.228056

Urban

Dublin

435m

Wolfe Tone Quay

53.347500

-6.290833

Sarsfields Quay

53.346944

-6.283889

N4 Urban

Dublin

290m

O’Connell Street Lower

53.349722

-6.260278

O’Connell Street Upper

53.352222

-6.261389

N1 Urban

Dublin

745m

Whitworth Road

53.364444

-6.271389

Whitworth Road

53.361667

-6.259444

Urban

Dublin

1280m

Finglas Road

53.375556

-6.286389

Finglas Road

53.367500

-6.272778

N2 Urban

Dublin

1530m

Ballyboggan Road

53.376667

-6.309444

Ballyboggan Road

53.375556

-6.286944

Urban

Dublin

760m

Old Cabra Road

53.361389

-6.297500

Old Cabra Road

53.357222

-6.288889

R805 Urban

Dublin

840m

North Circular Road

53.356944

-6.288889

North Circular Road

53.352222

-6.297778

R101 Urban

County

Zone Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Dublin

660m

Templeogue Road (Wellington Road)

53.293611

-6.319167

Templeogue Road (Cypress Grove)

53.296111

-6.309167

N81 Urban

Dublin

650m

Templeogue Road (M50)

53.291389

-6.330000

Templeogue Road (Wellington Road)

53.293611

-6.319167

N81 Urban

Dublin

900m

Tallaght Bypass (Jobstown)

53.280833

-6.388889

Tallaght Bypass (Jobstown)

53.285000

-6.375556

N81 Urban

Dublin

1500m

Long Mile Road (Naas Road)

53.323333

-6.352500

Long Mile Road (Drimnagh Road)

53.323889

-6.328611

R110 Urban

Dublin

850m

Kimmage Road (Fortfield Road)

53.312222

-6.299167

Kimmage Road (Sundrive Road)

53.319444

-6.290556

Urban

Dublin

1250m

Sundrive Road

53.330000

-6.298056

Sundrive Road

53.319444

-6.290556

Urban

Dublin

1000m

Cromwellsfort Road

53.316944

-6.332500

Cromwellsfort Road

53.316389

-6.317222

R113 Urban

Dublin

1950m

Killinniny Road

53.275000

-6.352778

Killinniny Road

53.277500

-6.323889

R133 Urban

Dublin

4200m

Grange Road

53.294444

-6.280833

Brehonsfield Road

53.271667

-6.244167

R133 Urban

Dublin

1600m

Butterfield Avenue

53.293611

-6.308611

Butterfield Avenue

53.297778

-6.285278

Urban

Dublin

710m

Churchtown Road

53.295278

-6.256667

Churchtown Road

53.293333

-6.246389

R112 Urban

County

Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Dublin

300m

Chapelizod Bypass

53.345000

-6.331111

Chapelizod Bypass

53.343056

-6.321944

N4

Dublin

250m

Con Colbert Road

53.342778

-6.321111

Con Colbert Road

53.343611

-6.308889

N4

Dublin

450m

Victoria Quay

53.346667

-6.290833

Victoria Quay

53.346389

-6.284167

N4 Urban

Dublin

850m

Thomas Street

53.343056

-6.276111

James’s Street

53.343333

-6.289444

R810 Urban

Dublin

600m

Clanbrassil Street Lower

53.334167

-6.274722

Clanbrassil Street Lower (New St Sth)

53.338611

-6.272222

N81 Urban

Dublin

330m

St. Stephens Green South (Leeson St Lwr)

53.336111

-6.257222

St. Stephens Green South (Cuffe St)

53.337500

-6.262222

N11 Urban

Dublin

750m

Pearse Street (Westland Row)

53.343889

-6.249167

Pearse Street (Grand Canal Quay)

53.342222

-6.238611

R802 Urban

Dublin

300m

Wellington Quay

53.346111

-6.262500

Wellington Quay (Grattan Bridge)

53.345278

-6.267500

N4 Urban

Dublin

200m

City Quay (Church)

53.346944

-6.250278

Sir John Rogerson Quay

53.346111

-6.240278

R813 Urban

Dublin

1100m

Clonskeagh Road

53.318056

-6.241389

Clonskeagh Road (Bird Avenue)

53.305833

-6.236667

Urban

Dublin

800m

Donnybrook Road

53.322778

-6.238056

Donnybrook Road

53.319444

-6.232500

N11 Urban

Dublin

1700m

Stillorgan Road (Airfield Pk)

53.315000

-6.225833

Stillorgan Road (Fosters Ave)

53.303611

-6.208611

N11

Dublin

1700m

Merrion Road (Sandymount Ave)

53.326389

-6.224167

Merrion Road (Merrion Gates)

53.316111

-6.205000

R118 Urban

Dublin

550m

Rock Road

53.316111

-6.205000

Rock Road (Trimleston Ave)

53.311389

-6.200833

R118 Urban

Dublin

550m

Sean Moore Road

53.338333

-6.217778

Sean Moore Road

53.340833

-6.213056

R131 Urban

County

Zone Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Kildare

4100m

Leixlip Bypass (Leixlip West Junction)

53.359444

-6.532778

Leixlip Bypass (Leixlip East Junction)

53.357500

-6.469722

M4

Dublin

2500m

Nass Road (Rathcoole)

53.283611

-6.461944

Naas Road (City West)

53.293333

-6.429444

N7

Dublin

1900m

Blanchardstown Road North

53.397778

-6.390278

Blanchardstown Road North

53.408056

-6.369722

Urban

Dublin

3200m

Nangor Road

53.324444

-6.404444

Nangor Road

53.326111

-6.359167

R134 Urban

Dublin

1450m

Adamstown Road

53.356111

-6.449722

Newcastle Road

53.351944

-6.449722

R120 Urban

Dublin

250m

Navan Road (Baggot Road)

53.367500

-6.317778

Navan Road (Nephin Road)

53.364722

-6.308333

N3 Urban

Wicklow

County

Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Wicklow

5 km

Hempstown

53.206667

-6.493611

Monaspick

53.228611

-6.461944

Secondary N81

Wicklow

10 km

Burgage

53.159722

-6.548889

Hollywood Lr

53.097222

-6.607778

Secondary N81

Wicklow

12 km

Whitestown

53.005556

-6.643056

Tuckmill

52.965278

-6.695278

Secondary N81

Wicklow

10 km

Baltinglass

52.938889

-6.703611

Kiltegan

52.905556

-6.607778

Regional R747

Wicklow

10 km

Hollywood

53.090556

-6.584722

Lockstown Upr

53.069722

-6.531944

Regional R756

Wicklow

3.3 km

Killaveny

52.796111

-6.430278

Mucklagh

52.813333

-6.402500

Regional

Wicklow

12 km

Tinoranhill

52.961111

-6.747500

Barraderry West

52.906667

-6.616111

Regional R747

Wicklow

1.2km

Monastery

53.212222

-6.176111

Enniskerry

53.192500

-6.172222

R117 Rural

Wicklow

7.5km

Kilcroney R117

53.189722

-6.138333

Barry’s Bridge R762

53.129167

-6.105278

N11 National

Wicklow

1km

Wingfield

53.181111

-6.135556

Kilmacanogue

53.162500

-6.131111

N11 National

Wicklow

4km

Kilruddery

53.180833

-6.094722

Blacklion

53.149444

-6.078889

R761 Rural

Wicklow

5km

Greystones

53.144167

-6.077778

Kilcoole

53.098333

-6.067500

R761 Rural

Wicklow

2km

Southern Cross Road (Kilcroney)

53.181389

-6.128611

Southern Cross Road (R761)

53.186389

-6.098611

Urban R767

Wicklow

2km

Farrenkelly Road (N11)

53.116944

-6.098333

Farrenkelly Road (R761)

53.122778

 

 

Kildare

County

Length

From

From X

From Y

To

To X

To Y

Road/Name

Kildare

12 km

Clane

53.290000

-6.696111

Killina

53.299722

-6.908333

Regional R403

Kildare

8 km

Quinnsborough

53.275278

-6.504722

Johnstown

53.238056

-6.620556

Primary N7

Kildare

10 km

Kildare

53.160833

-6.902222

Monastervin

53.137222

-7.054722

Regional R445

Kildare

8 km

Baybush,Straffan

53.320278

-6.628611

Celbridge

53.336944

-6.541667

Regional R403

Kildare

10 km

Naas

53.211667

-6.666389

Kilcullen

53.127778

-6.615833

Regional R448

Kildare

6 km

Rathangan

53.229722

-7.025833

Cushaling

53.284722

-7.081389

Regional R 401

Kildare

7 km

Ballymany

53.163611

-6.822500

Curraghfarm

53.166667

-6.877222

Regional R445

Kildare

6 km

Kilgowan

53.062778

-6.768889

Crookstown

53.024167

-6.796389

Primary N9

Kildare

2km

Dowdstown, Maynooth

53.376839

-6.587613

Maynooth

53.368333

-6.591389

R406 Urban

Kildare

2.1 km

Blackrath

53.039167

-6.786389

Moyleabbey

53.019722

-6.799722

Nat Prim N9

Kildare

11.8 km

Blackrath

53.033611

-6.789167

Hobartstown East

52.934167

-6.836667

Nat Prim N9

Kildare

4 km

Cardington

52.998056

-6.997222

Castlemitchell North

52.998611

-7.051389

Regional R428

Kildare

5.4 km

Moyleabbey

53.019722

-6.799722

Moone

52.973333

-6.818056

Nat Prim N9

Kildare

3 km

N78 (Kilmead Cross)

53.036111

-6.904722

Russelstown

53.015278

-6.930278

Nat Sec N78

Kildare

3.2km

Townparks

52.907778

-6.836944

Hobartstown East

52.932222

-6.836667

Nat Prim

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Feeling the Squeeze? Recession Humour

Us Irish have always been known to make good out of something bad. Our way of laughing off anything negative that happens, is probably quite a unique trait across the world.

With the recession upon us, there didn’t seem to much to laugh at. Everyone seems to know someone who has been laid off or is down on business. A client of ours sent me a very funny email today….

FEELING THE SQUEEZE?

Before the Recession

After the Recession

The guys at GM3 Quantity Surveyors have invested in this little electric car known as a Reva for their new marketing campaign. You’ll probably notice this car under your wheel at some stage….

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TollTag.ie – the solution to barrier-free tolling?

M50 Ireland Symbol

Less than 3 weeks now before the toll loses its barriers in favour of the new eTolling system. I’ve already voiced my opinion on eFlow.ie and from the responses I think it’s quite clear that not many people are happy with this situation.

So let’s welcome TollTag.ie – before I compliment them on their service, I have to firstly complain about their terrible and non user-friendly website. Who ever designed / planned this website should be shot! They are clearly offering a superior service for a casual user of the M50, yet their website doesn’t reflect this. eFlow are getting plenty of air play in which they are making out that they are the “cheaper” alternative for the new system. However, it is simply not the case.

TollTag.ie offer us casual users the ability to use the toll for just €2.20 – a staggering €0.80 cheaper than eFlow. They are able to achieve this by adding the additional 20c for an administration fee as opposed to eFlow’s €1 per month.

Now in black and white, that may sound dearer in the long run for an administration fee, but for the casual user it really isn’t. Your credit never expires and top ups are as low as €10.

So I reckon this will be the option I will be going for – rather than trace around the country trying to avoid the toll! :)

EDIT: Ok it seems I’m not being 100% clear. The above post relates to the “Pay as you Toll” option from TollTag.ie – There is a €30 registration fee for this account. However, there are no monthly fees and no minimum topup charge.

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