New car sales in Roscommon fell by over 12% last year - almost three times the national average.

That's according to new figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, which show total new car registrations nationally for 2018 finished over 4% down on 2017.

1,050 new cars were registered in Roscommon in 2018, compared to over 1200 the previous year.

In Mayo, 2168 new cars were registered last year - a drop of almost 5% on 2017.

There was also a 5% drop in Sligo and a 3% reduction in Galway in new car registrations.

Meanwhile, the number of used cars imported into this country exceeded the 100,000 mark for the first time .

 

Brian Cooke, Director General Designate of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, says despite Ireland's strong economic performance last year, 2018 was very challenging for new car sales - largely as a result of Brexit and the associated weakness of sterling.

He told Midwest News that this has led to a surge in used car imports over the last two years - and the trend is reflected across the West of Ireland.....

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