Deals on wheels: How to save thousands by buying a car in Northern Ireland

Pricewatch: Making the trip up North to buy a car can be worth it – but go well-prepared

Niamh Towey, with her new car in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Niamh Towey, with her new car in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I bought my first car off a man who kept chickens and half-dressed toddlers running around in the front garden with his various disused cars.

Despite a distinct air of Del Boy and Trotter’s Independent Traders about the place, I didn’t think twice about buying that Peugeot – at least until I got home and relatives started bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t kicked more tyres before making my purchase. They also wondered why I hadn’t secured a warranty or asked for €50 “luck money”.

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