Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major surge in Galway car sales so far this year.
A new report from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry shows that almost 3,500 new cars were sold across the county by the end of March.
3, 472 – that’s the number of cars that were sold in Galway during the first three months of this year.
It’s a significant increase of 28% on the 2, 714 cars sold during the same time last year – a figure the Society of the Irish Motor Industry is calling ‘particularly strong’.
Galway motorists will welcome the revelation that the cost of filling a car has seen a notable drop – with diesel prices down by 18%, petrol prices down 11% and the average cost of a new car itself also down 3%.
However, insurance costs have risen sharply since last year, with average insurance costs up by an astonishing 32%.
Meanwhile, figures for popular website DoneDeal show that 8, 600 cars were advertised in Galway during the first three months of 2016, with a total value of 55 million euro.
The SIMI says that that with an improved economy and strong consumer confidence, we can expect the trend of rising new car sales to continue for the rest of the year.