Bugatti Veyron crashes into lake.

A Texas man has apparently crashed his $1.2 million Bugatti Veyron into a lake. After dropping his mobile phone, the unamed man drove into the lake near Galveston, Texas.

Apart from embarrasment the man was ok, however the same cannot be said for the sports car, which will probably have to be sent back to VW for extensive repair.

See video footage of the car being towed out of the lake

How To buy a used car – Tips

Some good tips on buying a used car…

Smart Car outruns Ferrari

New Used Car Inspection Service

Motorcheck.ie have recently announced the introduction of a new car inspection service through a nationwide panel of qualified mechanics.
It costs only €199 Euro to have a complete pre-purchase inspection carried out and includes one hundred and twenty three individual report items to ensure the vehicle is in good working order.

Available at 22 specially equipped test centres nationwide, each MotorCheck Technical Inspection is carried out by an ATA registered technican.
Each inspection takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is conducted in a fully equipped automotive workshop. Examined under the following 11 headings, the MotorCheck Technical Inspection is the most comprehensive and competitive inspection of its kind.

1. Vehicle Details
The vehicle’s identifying numbers are identified and documented.

2. Odometer Information
The vehicle’s ECU (Engine Control Unit) is examined for contradictions with the visual display.

3. Service History
The vehicle’s documented service history is vetted.

4. Items needing Replacement or Top-up
Fluids and other Key Components are checked for levels and wear and tear.

5. Engine Compartment
A visual examination checking for fluid leaks, battery functions, hoses, belts, e.t.c.

6. Brakes – Wheels – Tyres
Detailed examination of components to confirm correct equipment and evaluate wear and tear.

7. Vehicle Underside
With the vehicle on a hydraulic lift, the drive shaft, fuel pipes, gaiters and underside mechanics are examined for damage, leaks and corrosion.

8. Vehicle Exterior
Exterior check of all lights & lenses, glass, bodywork, locks and number plates.

9. Vehicle Interior
Visual & Technical checks of upholstery, sun roof, locks, windows, heaters, keys, seat belts, carpets, e.t.c.

10. Boot / Luggage Area
Check water seals for leaks, identify tool kit & spare wheel.

11. Road Test
Engine, Gears, Clutch, ABS, Handbrake, Steering, e.t.c.

Once completed, the inspecting technician will walk you through his detailed report and explain any recommendations / comments he may have made during the test. You will be provided with a full copy of the report for your records.

To avail of this service, click here and enter the car registration.

Ferrari 458 Italia Announced

ferrari 458

Ferrari have officially announced that the F430 replacement will be the new 458 Italia

Named 458, due to it’s 4.5 Litre V8 engine power unit, the engine will generate a massive 560 BHP.

The new engine will give it a top speed of 202 mph, and get it to 62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds, according to Ferrari.

The official unveiling of the Ferrari 458 Italia , will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show on the 15th of September.

Below are the technical specs from ferrari.com …

Dimensions
Length 4527 mm (178.2 in.)
Width 1937 mm (76.3 in.)
Height 1213 mm (47.8 in.)
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in.)
Dry weight 1380 kg (3042 lbs)*
Weight/power ratio 2,42 kg/CV (7.16 lbs/kW)
Weight distribution fr/r 42%/58%

Engine
Type V8 – 90°
Displacement 4499 cc (274.5 cu in.)
Maximum power 570 CV (425 kW)** @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lbs/ft) @ 6000 rpm
Specific power output 127 CV/l
Compression ratio 12.5:1

Tyres
Front 235/35 ZR20 8.5”
Rear 295/35 ZR20 10.5”

Performance
Maximum speed >325 km/h (>202 mph)
0-100 km/h <3.4 s

Fuel consumption + emissions
Fuel consumption*** 13.7 l/100 km
Emissions*** 320 g CO2/km

Gearbox
Dual-clutch, 7-speed F1

Electronics
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, high-performance ABS

* With forged wheels and Racing seats
** Including 5 CV of ram effect
*** Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC)

New! – used car Search Feature

Today we have introduced a new browse feature to the home page of momo.ie , that should help sellers get their car even more exposure to potential buyers, increasing the chances of getting it sold fast!

The Browse cars feature allows users to browse cars by make and model by simply clicking through links for each make and model.

This extends our overall search functionality which already includes a make model form search, a keyword search and keyword (tag cloud) explore search.

It is our goal here at Momo Cars Online, to produce the most powerful search engines available for the car market.

If you are interest in selling your private car for free, please visit our site here.

Buying A Used Car Privately In Ireland – Questions To Ask The Seller

If you are considering buying a car from a private seller, that you have found either online or in a magazine, there are a few things you should ask the seller before going to view the car.

Reason for selling
Ask the owner why they are selling the car. In the current economy if could be due to financial difficuly. But make sure they give you a valid reason for selling.

Service history
Ask the owner about the cars service history. Does the vehicle have a fully documented service history?
You should also ask about any major mechanical work that was done, such as timing belts etc..

Was the car ever involved in a crash?
Find out if the car was ever invoved in a crash. Even if it was a minor crash or scrape, it is important that you know about it.

General condition
Ask about the generial condition of the car, both interior and exterior.

Previous Owners
Ask the seller about the number of previous owners on the car, and find out who they where if possible.
Also try to find out any other information about the cars history. For example if the car was ever stolen or used as a taxi.

Documentation
Make sure the owner has all the required documentaion, such as the Log Book, NCT Test results, Service History and any other required documenation.

Road Tax
Is the car taxed? and if so, for how long. This could save you some money if the tax is not up for a few months.

Outstanding Finance
Find out if there is any outstanding finance on the car. If there is, stay away.

If you are not satisfied with the awnsers you get, you should walk away and look at another vehicle. Remember it’s a buyers market at the moment you you have plenty of choice, so do not rush into buying lemon.

If however, you are still interested in the vehicle, you should consider getting a full car history check report. A full history check for both Irish and UK vehicles is available here.

Finally before buying the car you should take it for test drive and have a mechanic check it out.