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

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 4x4 SE 7-Seat

Price: £24,700   Saving: £5560

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The Kodiaq is proving a popular car and there's a lengthy waiting list. So a pre-reg deal could not only get you a car quicker but will also save you money. This example is a seven-seater and comes with the 2.0 TDI 150 engine which is ideal if you're covering lots of miles. It's also a 4x4, so with more than £5000 off, this is an excellent discount.

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Bristol Street Skoda Darlington 2.0 TDI 150 diesel 4x4 manual £24,700 £30,260 £5560 10

 

 

 

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 85 Zetec

Price: £12,899   Saving: £2316

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If you want a new shape Fiesta, there aren't too many to be had on pre-reg. This is, after all, the best-selling car in Britain so there's no shortage of demand. Being a Zetec model, this three-door features 15-inch alloy wheels and Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system with DAB radio. More than £2000 off sounds like an excellent deal to us.

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Gates of Harlow 1.0 EcoBoost 85 manual £12,899  £15,215 £2316 18

 

 

 

Honda HR-V SE 1.6 i-DTEC 

Price: £19,422   Saving: £4603

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This HR-V may only have 15 miles on the clock but be aware that it was first registered in December 2017 which means eight months of its warranty have already passed by. However, the sweetener here is more than £4500 off the list price of a new HR-V, which is one of our favourite compact crossovers.

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John Banks Honda Cambridge 1.6 i-DTEC diesel manual £19,422 £24,025 £4603 15

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz C 220 d 9G-Tronic AMG Line

Price: £25,800   Saving £10,880

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With a facelifted C-Class about to arrive in dealer showrooms, now is a good time to get a deal on a current model. This C 220 d may only have 20 miles but was actually first registered in October 2017, hence why the price is so low. True, you're missing out on a big chunk of the warranty, but you are getting more than £10k off the list price.

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Mercedes-Benz York 2.1-litre diesel nine-speed auto £25,800  £36,680 £10,880 20

 

 

 

Citroen C1 1.0 VTi Feel

Price: £7290    Saving: £4640

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The little C1 makes an ideal first car or a small runabout and it's cheap to own with low insurance group ratings and an economical 1.0-litre engine which is seeing close to 50mpg with owners in Real MPG. There are lots of pre-reg Citroen C1 models and Peugeot 108 models around so you'll be able to have a choice of colours and trims. 

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Robins and Day Chingford 1.0 petrol manual £7290  £11,930 £4640 14

 

 

 

Volvo V40 D2 R Design Plus Nav Plus

Price: £16,980   Saving: £9270

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The V40 is the oldest model in Volvo's now very youthful line-up, but while it's far from the new kid on the block, it's still a fine hatch and one that continues to sell well. This D2 model has the 120PS 2.0-litre diesel engine and is well equipped with a reversing camera, Sensus navigation and cruise control.

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Marshall Volvo Milton Keynes 2.0-litre diesel manual £16,980  £26,250 £9270 21

 

 

 

Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI Sport

Price: £22,790   Saving: £5270

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With a new Audi Q3 just announced, there will be Audi dealers keen to shift existing models. Which should mean healthy discounts. There are plenty of 1.4 TFSI Sport models so you can afford to be choosy. This Steel White model comes with the Audi MMI Navigation - a £1000 option - and has more than £5k off the list price.

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Worcester Audi 1.4-litre TFSI petrol manual £22,790  £28,060 £5270 10

 

 

 

Vauxhall Adam Jam 1.2

Price: £9495   Saving: £4240

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If you want the biggest choice of pre-reg deals, look at the Vauxhall range. There are thousands of cars available pre-registered from Vauxhall dealers, so you can afford to be choosy when finding the car, trim level and colour you want. This red Adam Jam caught our eye and with more than £4000 off the list price it's a good deal on a 67-plate car.

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Archie Moss Loughborough 1.2 petrol five-speed manual  £9495 £13,735 £4240 10

 

 

 

Renault Twingo 1.0 SCe Play

Price: £5999   Saving: £4751

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Although the Twingo can't claim to be the best city car on the market, we like its quirkiness. Bizarrely, this example is from 2015 but has covered just 9 miles in that time. There are questions to be asked, but it's probably spent that time sat in a compound somewhere. Bear in mind that it's warranty will nearly be up and it'll soon be due an MOT, but at £5,999 it's extremely cheap for what's effectively a brand new car.

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Griffin Mill Garages 1.0 SCe Play £5999 £10,750 £4751 9

 

 

 

Kia Sportage '1' 1.7 CRDi 

Price: £17,350  Saving: £3440

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With the Sportage having just been updated, there are going to be plenty of pre-facelift models that Kia dealers are keen to move on. This basic '1' model doesn't have too many bells and whistles but it should be cheap to run if you're doing big mileages thanks to the 1.7 CRDi diesel engine - owners are seeing around 43mpg in Real MPG.

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Leven Kia Selkirk 1.7 CRDi manual £17,350 £20,790 £3440 7

 

 

 

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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