THERE has been a mixed start to the year for Nenagh motor dealers, though the one thing they all have in common in the preference for car owners to go for diesel.
John Ryan of Ryan and Burns on the Dublin Road told the Tipperary Star that they had six cars registered since January 1, but that they had 30 pre-sold that had yet to be registered.
“Sales are on a par with last year. What we are finding is that the mature driver is changing their two or three-year-old model to maintain their trade-in value.
“Most people are spending around the E10,000 mark. The guy who will spend E30,000 on a car is scarce,” he said.
Mr Ryan stated that the first few days of any new year were not an indication of how the year was going to work out.
This point was echoed by Eugene Ryan at Donal Ryan Motors, who said it would be the end of March before the true figures were revealed.
He also said that diesel was by far the choice of customers, with 90 per cent taking that option.
“We are marginally back on last year, but orders are up. You have to remember there is no scrappage deal this year.
“We have sold 15 cars, but a lot of people were doing the business before Christmas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pat Kelly at Lyons of Nenagh said they were “not as busy as last year”.
He said they had sold a few cars, but they were getting a lot more enquiries last week and that included customers looking at used cars
Most enquires were for diesel models.
“People are looking for good trade-ins because they are watching their money. They are looking for a good used car, diesel or petrol,” he said.
None of the dealerships had sold any electric cars, with Eugene Ryan pointing out that the ESB had secured the franchise to install plug-in points, but that they were behind schedule.
“They were to put in fast chargers but have not met their targets. I expect they will do so in the coming year and that will have an effect,” he said.