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Imported cars go under the hammer at Merlin


Merlin Car Auction is importing Japanese cars for Irish market.

Merlin Car Auction is importing Japanese cars for Irish market.

A chronic shortage of used cars for sale in Ireland has forced dealerships and car auctioneers to import from abroad.

Merlin is among the many vehicle vendors to look to the international market in an effort to meet the unrelenting demand for second-hand cars.

The car auction giant is hoping to plug the hole in the forecourt with its new bi-monthly Japanese import auction.

During Merlin's last No Reserve Japanese auction in Naas, over 100 cars, (everything from Mazda Demios to Suzuki Swifts) went under the hammer.

According to David Byrne, Managing Director of Merlin Car Auctions, the decision to import cars for sale was a no-brainer.

"It is not a surprise to anyone to hear that the second hand car market has been in decline for the past two years, ultimately resulting in the current shortage of vehicles for sale," he stated.

"Luckily, we bucked that trend, but we still have the issue of making sure we have fresh stock for our four weekly auctions."


Published on April 21, 2010
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