Step-by-step guide to the Help to Buy Scheme – AA Ireland

The Help To Buy scheme applies only to new homes for first-time buyers. The process of purchasing your first home can be an incredibly daunting task. From the jitter of nerves and excitement the moment you find your dream house up until the ‘sale agreed’ sign is placed outside, the journey to becoming a home… Continue reading Step-by-step guide to the Help to Buy Scheme – AA Ireland

Learner or first time owner? Car insurance explained.

You’ve got the theory test, the learner permit, the lessons, picked out your first car – now it’s time to get your own car insurance policy. While the process can feel like a mystery or a learning curve, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s our guide to what you need and what the options mean.… Continue reading Learner or first time owner? Car insurance explained.

What to do if you’ve put the wrong fuel into your car: AA Ireland

What happens if you put the wrong fuel in your car? It can happen. You are at the petrol pump, there might be a toddler screaming in the back seat, or you had a fight with your partner or life has you generally distracted. Putting in the nozzle didn’t feel right but it went in… Continue reading What to do if you’ve put the wrong fuel into your car: AA Ireland

AA Ireland: Five starter cars for €5k

Five for €5,000 Getting into motoring is a little daunting, especially if you are starting off and need cheap insurance. We pick out 5 cars around €5,000 in Carzone that should be insurance-friendly.  2012 Renault Clio 1.2 5-Door €4,990 If you are shopping for your first car, then a Clio has to be on your… Continue reading AA Ireland: Five starter cars for €5k

Vehicle adaptation – what’s available for drivers or passengers with disabilities?

A wheelchair accessible Volkswagen Caddy. Photo: Motability Ireland

There have never been so many ways to adapt vehicles for drivers and passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility. From specially adapted vehicles with different controls for drivers, to wheelchair accessible vehicles with or without lifts, there are more options than ever. However, choosing the right vehicle and the right adaptation can seem daunting, and… Continue reading Vehicle adaptation – what’s available for drivers or passengers with disabilities?

Which lane, which indicator – how to use roundabouts. AA Ireland

Walkinstown, Dunkettle, Polestar, Bundle of Sticks, Browne… The roundabout is a common feature on Irish roads, and sometimes it feels like every driver has a pet roundabout that they just hate. Roundabouts, or “gyratory circuses” as they were once known (yes, really), are generally installed to make a junction safer and keep traffic flowing. They… Continue reading Which lane, which indicator – how to use roundabouts. AA Ireland

What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

Image: TII, from M50 Digital Signs Video 01

Updated 4/10/21 What’s changing on the M50? What does variable speed limits mean? The M50’s new dynamic traffic management system is being rolled out from October 2021, as part of the eMOS programme (Enhancing Motorway Operation Services). As a driver, the main thing you’ll see are a new set of overhead digital signs for variable… Continue reading What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

Thinking of converting a campervan? Here’s what you need to know – AA Ireland

The campervan craze is sweeping the nation. Don’t just take my word for it, look at social media. Every second person is travelling around the country in their cool van, enjoying the comfort of their own kitchens and beds, while also enjoying the wild outdoors. If you’re on a budget and aren’t willing to invest… Continue reading Thinking of converting a campervan? Here’s what you need to know – AA Ireland

Don’t risk buying a car with outstanding finance – AA Ireland

Buying a used car is tricky enough without running the risk of purchasing a vehicle with outstanding finance. Paddy Comyn examines the pitfalls of not doing the right checks. Buying a used car can be fraught with difficulties. Whatever about picking the right car, dealing with private sellers or used car dealers – the worry… Continue reading Don’t risk buying a car with outstanding finance – AA Ireland