Skoda has had an approved used car programme going in Ireland for a while now, but it has updated things for 2018 with the introduction of a used car finance package.
The Skoda approved used programme works just as you'd expect. Skoda's Irish dealers pick the cream of the second hand Skoda crop. Cars have to be no more than five years old, and have fewer than 120,000km on the clock to qualify. They're then "stringently" checked through 110 points to make sure all is in good mechanical order, and anything that needs replacing is replaced with proper, factory-fresh Skoda parts. Now Skoda is also adding a 12-month roadside recovery scheme and a 12-month warranty to all its used cars.
They're also now easier to buy, because Skoda Bank is offering preferential finance packages for buying an approved used car, doubtless as a way of trying to stop Irish buyers from popping over the water or over the border to buy a used car from the UK. PCP deals come with 2.9 per cent finance, while a more conventional Hire Purchase agreement can also be had at 2.9 per cent APR.
It's an offering with ambition behind it. Skoda is currently the sixth-best selling brand in the country for new cars, but is in 12th place for used car sales, and all of this is part of the plan to rectify that.
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Carzone - 02-Oct-2018