New car sales in Offaly rise in January bucking national trend

Nationally new car sales dropped in January 2018 compared to January 2017

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter


Top Selling Car January 2018: Hyundai Tucson

Top Selling Car January 2018: Hyundai Tucson

While new car sales nationally fell in January 2018 compared to January 2017, new car sales in Offaly rose in the same period. 

According to figures for new vehicle registrations from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 549 new cars were registered in Offaly in January of 2018 compared to 542 for the same period in 2017. 

Nationally, new car registrations were down -4.8% (37,125) compared to January 2017 (39,003).

The SIMI/DoneDeal Report highlights a number of price decreases in the cost of motoring. The average price of a new car in 2017 was 2% lower than a year earlier, while the cost of motor insurance in December 2017 was 10.9% lower than it was a year earlier. However, the cost of fuel increased with Petrol prices up 4.2% and Diesel prices up 3.6% last year.

The report also shows a big drop in the sale of electric cars: 168 were sold in January 2017 compared to 104 in January 2018.

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