Finding the perfect new car

car-shoppping

I recently got the itch to swap my car for a newer model, and as a result spent several Saturdays travelling from one dealer to another around Dublin, hoping to find the perfect combination of condition, mileage, style and price – no easy task. There are a few tips and tricks you can employ, however, to make the search for your new car a little easier.

Dealer or private?

The age-old question – do you buy private or trek along the forecourts? It’s definitely a tricky one. Dealer cars are generally more expensive but usually come with a warranty and hopefully a service, and you can rely on your consumer rights should you realise they’ve sold you a lemon. However, just because it’s a dealership doesn’t mean they’re reliable. Always do your research beforehand – search forums like Boards.ie for other peoples’ experiences.

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Swedish Madness

While the design of the Volvo has evolved over the years, from a boxy tank on wheels to something which is increasingly moving136115_4_13 toward automotive design beauty, the Swedish car brand isn’t exactly world-renowned for its sporty credentials when compared to other brands, the likes of the S60R and the earlier 850 Touring Car notwithstanding. The iconic Volvo driver is probably the school-run mum, toddling along in her nondescript Volvo estate, or older drivers who feel secure in something which would probably come out on top in a run-in with a bus.

The new Polestar V60 estate is a totally different kettle of fish however, another Volvo set to tear more shreds from the company’s sensible image. Exactly how much power does it have? If you said lots, that would be a good start.

The 2.9L engine delivers 345 horsepowers at the optimum speed, for one thing. Then there’s the 0-62 time – 4.9 seconds, for another. 155 mph limit, 369 lb ft of torque at 2,800 rpm. Lots of very impressive figures, none of which you would generally associate with a car which is also capable of carrying a load of your latest flat pack purchases from IKEA.

But it’s not just the components lurking out of sight which rail against the Volvo stereotypes – the whole design is sleeker, sharper, sportier and desirable, words not generally renowned for their use in conjunction with a Volvo estate.

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It’s not by any means the first high-powered estate from a car manufacturer, it’s not even the first this year – Audi got in ahead with their RS6, a true mechanical beast with 568hp and a 4.0L twin turbo V8. Thankfully, Volvo has recently confirmed that the Polestar V60, along with a revamped S60 saloon, will go into production. One things for sure – the school run will never be the same.

Our response? Mental. We’ll take two.