Frequently Asked Questions
What is CarQuotes?
Carquotes.ie is the easiest way to buy a new car. Carquotes is the only site that does all the research for you. You submit a request describing the car you want to buy and our network of trusted dealers then reply with their best offer – which is always a great price because we source thousands of cars every year and our dealers always give our customers a great deal. You remain completely anonymous – so you won’t get any calls from salesmen trying to sell you their vehicle. We will support you until you are ready to finalise the purchase of your new car. Our customers love us because we take the stress and hassles out of buying a new car but still get you the best deal possible.
Why did you start CarQuotes.ie?
Carquotes.ie was launched because the team saw people struggling with the pressures associated with the traditional car buying process every day – lack of transparency in car prices, shopping around and general time-wasting. We knew there had to be a better way.
Who are your competitors?
While there are similar services overseas such as www.truecar.com, we are not aware of any other Irish company that offers the same nationwide service as Carquotes.ie. No other Irish company allows a buyer to request a car online and reach a final price in 24 hours – our dealers can even arrange for the vehicle to be delivered to your door, if requested as part of your quote. So, in the truest sense, there are no competitors.
Is Carquotes.ie a broker?
No. Carquotes.ie does not complete the transaction on your behalf like a broker would. Instead, we ensure full transparency and open communication between the buyer and seller. The actual car purchase occurs at the dealership.
How is Carquotes.ie different from other auto sites?
We focus on the car buying process, not research. There are plenty of sites where you can learn about fuel consumption, turning radius and engine size but we’re the only site that will actually help you through the most stressful part – agreeing the final drive away price for your new car.
Why would dealers work with you?
Dealers like us because we have a an efficient and effective system for dealers as well – efficient because we qualify customers for the dealers and allow them to respond quickly through our online platform, effective because they are dealing directly with the customer . Traditional advertising options such as online, classifieds or mass media advertising cost dealerships a lot of time and money and still attract shoppers who are not serious about buying a car yet. Carquotes.ie helps to filter out tyre kickers, so that we only send dealers serious buyers – that’s why our dealers respond with seriously great prices. The average discount for an Carquotes.ie customer on a new car is €2,750. (Based on the quotes received in the last 3 months)
How many dealers does CarQuotes.ie work with?
Currently the Carquotes.ie network includes ~ 350 main dealers and over 1000 used car dealers nationwide . While lots of dealers apply, we make sure they go through a rigorous process so that quality and customer service standards are always maintained.
Does CarQuotes have dealers in every county?
Carquotes have dealers in every county but you will receive quotes from dealers local and nationwide for the vast majority of makes and models. This is allows you to compare and choose the best deal for.
How does it work?
First, you tell us what kind of car you want. We pass this on to our dealer network and they submit their best offer within 24 business hours. When you receive an offer you like, we will connect you with the dealer. It’s that easy!
How much does it cost?
There is no fee involved for the customer, this is a free service.
How long do I have to decide which offer I prefer?
New cars: Once your offers have arrived, you have 7 days to decide which one you like best and accept that offer via the Carquotes.ie website. After 7 days, the offers expire.
Pre owned cars: We suggest you accept the quote as quick as possible as the dealer may sell the car if no offer is accepted.
Am I forced to buy a car if I sign up?
No, absolutely not. We leave the choice of closing the deal between you and the dealer nothing is finalized before you agree and sign for your new car .
Is Carquotes only for new cars?
No Carquotes can quote on all cars available from our dealers both new and pre-owned.
Do dealers provide me with the drive away price?
Yes, all your quotes from dealers are for the drive away price . The drive away price is a motor vehicle industry term that indicates the retail price of the car, government charges and dealer charges as well.
Will I only get quotes for vehicles which match my requirements exactly?
No, from time to time, Dealers may highlight special offers and immediately available vehicles in their quotes. As such, a quote may be a close match but are not always an exact match to your original request.
Is my information protected? If so, how do you ensure that?
Dealers do not see any of your personal details when they provide you with offers. We keep your details hidden until you’ve accepted an offer. At that point you will have contacted the dealer directly quoting the reference number so that you can finalise the purchase of your new car. Unlike other classifieds sites, we do NOT pass your information to dealers and expose you to the risk of multiple sales calls or email spam.
How far away are the dealers that give me offers?
It varies based on where you are located but you will receive quotes from local and national dealers . If distance is a concern, please remember that you can get your car serviced anywhere – it doesn’t have to be at the dealership from which you bought it.
Can I use your service with a dealer near me?
Carquotes.ie will always try to contact the dealers closest to you within our network. However, we cannot guarantee that any specific dealer will quote on any given deal.
What if I get a list of dealers who are nowhere close to me?
All our dealers’ can offer delivery of the car directly to your door, so it doesn’t matter how far away they are from you.
How do I pick the best deal?
It’s a personal decision and the best deal is different for everyone. Just remember, the offer with the lowest price isn’t necessarily the best deal. Sometimes offers will have additional extras. For this reason, we tell our customers to accept the one that is the best value for money.
Paying For & Collecting Your New Car
Where and when do I pay for the car?
You do NOT pay for the car through CarQuotes.ie. You pay the Dealership after we’ve connected you – you will need to speak to the dealership, put down a deposit for the transaction based on your conversation with them and then organise the payments and paperwork with the dealer to get your great new car.
How does the dealer know what price I’m supposed to pay?
Once you’ve selected the best offer that suit you the dealers contact details will be on all quotes, contact the dealer directly quote the reference number on the offer and arrange an appointment to finalise the deal. Please note: There won’t be further negotiations on the price at the dealership, we’ve already got you a great price – and that’s the dealers final offer. All the quotes you receive from us are confidential and should be treated as such.
Will dealers haggle with me when I go to the dealership?
No. Carquotes.ie has agreed with all of its dealers and they have agreed not to haggle with any Carquotes buyers. If for some reason a dealer tries to haggle with you when you go to pick up your car, you should leave and report it to us immediately. Don’t forget no matter what happens, we will ensure that you receive quality service.