18th September 2018: ŠKODA have today announced details of their latest used car initiative, the ŠKODA approved used car programme which takes carefully selected ŠKODA vehicles that are no more than 5 years old, have less than 120,000 km on the clock and ensures each vehicle undergoes a series of stringent checks to meet the requirements of the programme. In addition to this, the Czech brand today announced that all ŠKODA approved used cars will come with industry leading low rate finance options from 0% APR and also have a 12 month roadside assist and 12 month warranty available as standard.
Each ŠKODA approved used car undergoes a 110 multi-point quality check before qualifying for the initiative, any repair work required to the vehicle in order to meet this standard is carried out by a highly trained ŠKODA technician using genuine ŠKODA parts to ensure optimal quality. In addition, free puncture repair and complimentary summer & winter health checks with courtesy wash and valet are included. These offers are available on all orders up to October 31st 2018.
Over 80,000 used cars were imported from the UK in 2017 but more and more customers are now looking to their local authorised ŠKODA dealer to purchase their used car in Ireland. ŠKODA are currently 6th in the national new car sales rankings but lag way behind in 12th position when it comes to the number of used cars imported into Ireland from abroad.
Commenting on this, Cathal Kealey, PR manager for ŠKODA Ireland, said: “Since we launched our ŠKODA approved used car programme in 2015 we have had an extremely competitive Used Car offer in the market. Of course, since then there have been additional challenges to the used car market as a result of Brexit and the fall in sterling value which is making used car imports more appealing to some people. For ŠKODA, we have not experienced a dramatic rise in imports and we firmly believe this has been down to the success of our used car programme.’
Commenting on ŠKODA’s low rate finance, Kealey continued: “The interest people pay on personal loans may often erode the perceived savings on the car. By offering attractive low rate finance at source on our used cars in partnership with ŠKODA Financial Services ,customers are less likely to travel abroad. We see our used car finance offers as a major factor in limiting the number of ŠKODA used car imports in Ireland at present.”