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Best Pre-Reg and Nearly New Car Deals

Want to save money? Pre-reg and nearly-new cars could be the answer. Here are the best deals we've found online

Ford Kuga 1.5.EcoBoost 150 2WD ST-Line

Price: £21,675   Saving: £7600

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While Ford may have dropped the Edge from its line-up, the Kuga is one of its best selling models. This ST Line model comes with the excellent 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine which gives strong performance for a small engine. 

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Vision Motors St Helens 1.5 EcoBoost 150 6-spd manual £21,675 £29,275 £7600 27

 

 

 

Citroen C3 1.2 Puretech Feel Nav Edition

Price: £12,690   Saving £4065

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It may not be the first name you think of if you're after a small hatchback, but the C3 has plenty going for it, not least a well designed interior and a very comfortable ride. This 19-plate model has more than £4000 of the list price and comes well equipped with climate control, parking sensors and navigation.

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Robins & Day Glasgow

1.2 petrol 83PS five-speed manual £12,690 £16,755 £4065 10

 

 

 

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i 90 SRi Nav

Price: £10,498    Saving: £6547

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There are currently close to 1000 pre-reg Vauxhall Corsa models available through our Cars For Sale section. If you want choice - this is where to go. Among all those, this SRi Nav caught our eye with more than £6500 off the price. 

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Arnold Clark Vauxhall Dundee 1.4 petrol 90PS manual £10,498 £17,045 £6547 10

 

 

 

Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC SR

Price: £18,395   Saving: £3380

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We think there are few hatchbacks around as good as the Civic. Enjoyable to drive, spacious and well built, it makes a perfect family car helped by lots of rear legroom and a huge boot. The 1.0-litre engine is the pick of the range and this SR model comes with black painted alloys, DAB, navigation and dual zone climate control.

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Stoneacre Honda Rotherham 1.0-litre petrol 126PS 6-speed manual £18,395  £21,775 £3380 5

 

 

 

SEAT Mii 1.0 Design 5dr

Price: £7790  Saving: £4115

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As city cars go, we don't think there's any as good to drive as the Mii, Citigo and Up trio. There are plenty of pre-reg deals around on all three so you can afford to be choosy. Lookers in Manchester actually has three identical 19-plate five door Mii models for sale at the same price, with a grey and red available alongside this one.

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Lookers SEAT Manchester 1.0-litre 60PS petrol five-speed manual £7790  £11,905 £4115 100

 

 

 

Mazda CX-3 2.0 Sport Nav+

Price: £18,650   Saving: £3995

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If you want the most enjoyable to drive crossover, we reckon the CX-3 is the car to go for. It shines on a country road thanks to ample grip and lively steering, making it a fun car on a quiet back road. We rarely see huge amounts off pre-reg Mazdas but with close to £4000 knocked off the list price, this is a good saving on a 19-plate car.

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Hendy Mazda Crawley 2.0 petrol 121PS six-speed manual £18,650 £22,645 £3995 100

 

 

 

Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI S Tronic Sport

Price: £28,870   Saving: £12,415

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There's no shortage of high quality premium estates on the market if you want an alternative to an SUV. And for us the new A6 Avant ticks all the right boxes, especially when you're saving more than £12k off the list price. This Sport model has upgraded 18-inch alloys, LED lights and MMI Navigation Plus and is finished in Typhoon Grey metallic paint. 

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Buyacar 2.0 diesel 204 seven-speed automatic £28,870 £41,285 £12,415 11

 

 

 

Fiat 500X 1.0 Firefly City Cross

Price: £15,495   Saving: £4355

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In our view the 500X is one of the best Fiats to emerge in recent years. It's easy to drive, fun and will return the same economy as a typical family hatchback. The new 1.0-litre engine is exellent too and much more sprightly than you'd expect. 

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Stoneacre Doncaster 1.0 petrol 120PS six-speed manual £15,495 £19,850 £4355 10

 

 

 

Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI SE

Price: £18,495   Saving: £4045

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We think it's the quality and feel of the Karoq interior which makes it feel a level above much of the competition. You can easily stick an Audi badge on the steering wheel and it wouldn't be out of place. There have been some issues with the 1.5 TSI but the 1.0 TSI has proved trouble free. And with £4000 off this is a hefty saving on a 19 plate Karoq.

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Skoda Swansea 1.0 petrol 90PS 5-speed manual £18,495 £22,540 £4045 12

 

 

 

BMW X1 sDrive 18i xLine

Price: £25,488 Saving: £6617

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The X1 was facelifted in May and we're already seeing pre-reg models coming onto the market. This smart looking model is finished in Black Sapphire metallic and has a black Dakota leather interior. It may be a new model but there's still a hefty £6500 off the list price making this a very attractive deal if you want the latest X1 but don't want to wait.

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Cooper BMW Sunderland 1.5-litre petrol 136PS 2WD automatic £25,488 £32,105 £6617 10

 

 

 

What is a pre-reg car?

A pre-registered car is one that has been registered by a dealer with the DVLA so it has been assigned a registration number. This is different to buying a brand new car where it’s only registered when you buy it. There are various reasons why a dealer might do this, but the most common is to boost their sales figures at the end of a month or quarter to meet their target set by the manufacturer, which earns the dealer a bonus.

There is no age limit on what can be described as a pre-reg car, but almost all will be less than six months old and have less than 200 miles on the odometer. In most cases, the cars will have delivery mileage only and never been off the forecourt. Some dealers will also describe a pre-reg car as an ‘ex-demo’ or ‘delivery miles only’. If it has a V5C logbook, it’s been registered and cannot be advertised or described as new.

Is a pre-reg car still a 'new' car?

No is the straight answer. Because it’s been registered by the dealer, so the clock has started to tick on the warranty and when its first MoT will be due. When you buy a pre-reg car, your name will go down as the second owner on the V5C logbook document, so any subsequent buyer will also know you were not the first registered keeper.

The biggest impact this has for you is when you come to sell as many buyers prefer a one-owner history on cars up to around four years old. However, you can offset this by paying less for a pre-reg car that’s identical in every other way to a brand new one. Discounts on pre-reg cars range from 5 per cent to 30 per cent depending on the make, model and specification. You should also bear in mind that a dealer will be keen to sell a pre-reg car as it’s getting older by the day and - as a result - depreciating in value.

When is the best time to buy a pre-reg?

The most likely times to find a dealer with a stock of pre-reg cars is March or September when the number plate changes. This is when dealers want to shift the greatest number of cars to earn their sales bonuses, so pre-registering cars is common to boost those figures. Visiting a dealer a few days after the start of these months can yield plenty of pre-reg cars going at keen prices.

Dealers also have monthly targets to achieve, so a visit at the beginning of any month may well find several pre-reg cars lingering that were registered to meet the previous month’s target.

Another happy hunting time for pre-reg bargains is when a particular model is about to be replaced by a new version. Dealers don’t want old generation versions hanging around and taking up space they need for the all-new car, so they’ll be keen to strike a deal on any pre-reg cars. If you’re happy with the outgoing model rather than the very latest model, it’s an opportunity to haggle a very good deal.

One other place to find pre-reg cars are some of the larger car supermarkets. If a dealer has ended up with a large number of pre-reg cars it needs to sell in a hurry, they sometimes pass them on to supermarkets to save themselves the hassle.

Pre-reg or nearly new - what's the difference?

The difference between a pre-reg car and a nearly new one is the latter includes cars described as ‘ex-demo’ models. This means that nearly new cars might well have been driven on the road and are likely to have higher mileages than any car described as pre-reg.

A car that has been pre-registered will only have the dealer down in the logbook as the first keeper. With a nearly new car, the first keeper could be a dealer, fleet manager or even the car’s manufacturer. Whichever it is, a car can only be sold as nearly new if it’s been bought and registered for the sole purpose of re-selling it. If it has been first registered by a private owner for their personal use, the car immediately becomes a used car in the eyes of the law.

What about ex-demo cars?

An ex-demo car will often be a very attractive option because they tend to be highly specified. Dealers do this because they want to show off as many possible options to new buyers in one vehicle. That can include upgraded trim, wheels, stereo and other extras like a sunroof or electric seat adjustment. They also tend to come with the most popular engine and transmission because dealers know most people will ask to drive that version.

When a dealer comes to sell an ex-demo car, they can describe it as pre-registered but it’s likely to be older and have a higher mileage than most pre-reg cars. This is because the dealer will have kept the car for test drives and it may be up to six months old. The upside to this is it should be sold at considerably less than a brand new model and ex-demos are generally kept in meticulously clean condition

Do they come with a standard new car warranty?

When a car is first registered, its warranty begins to count down to whatever the specified time limit is. If a pre-reg car has been sat around on a forecourt for several months, that means you only get the balance of what’s left rather than the full term that comes with a new car. It’s also worth remembering that some warranty and breakdown packages only apply to the first keeper, so check with the dealer that these benefits will be transferred to you.

And finally...

As you are not the first keeper of a pre-reg car, there are some things to bear in mind. Firstly, make sure the dealer selling the car is the registered owner and not a private individual as this would make it a used car and worth considerably less. Also, when you buy the car, make sure you have the Section 10 ‘New Keeper’s’ part of the logbook to prove your ownership until a full registration document is sent to you. The dealer must send the rest to the DVLA.

When insuring a pre-reg car, it should be as straightforward. However, as the car is not brand new in the eyes of an insurance company, they may not offer a ‘new for old’ replacement in the first 12 months of ownership in the event of the car being written-off. That could mean you being out of pocket and left looking for a used car instead of a new one.

Finally, some finance companies will not offer a loan for a pre-reg car as they only deal with brand new models. Others might not give their best deals as they reserve those for new car buyers and your name is not the first in the logbook.

 

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