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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

Honda Civic 1.0 Turbo SR 

Price: £17,950   Saving: £3335

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There aren't too many pre-reg deals around on the new Civic so a saving of more than £3000 off the list price looks a good deal. This SR model has the 1.0 VTEC engine with a manual gearbox - what we think is the best combination in the latest Civic. It's an ex-demonstrator so chances are the mileage will change.

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Listers Honda Stratford Upon Avon 1.0 VTEC Turbo manual £17,950 £21,285 £3335 100

 

 

 

BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Automatic

Price: £25,989   Saving £10,586

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This smart BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe may have a slightly higher mileage than most pre-reg cars here, but it's hard to argue with more than £10k off the list price.  The 420d engine is the one to go for if you want economy - owners on Real MPG are seeing around 47mpg for the automatic model. 

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Marshall BMW Bournemouth 420d 190 Sport Automatic £25,989  £36,575 £10,586 299

 

 

 

Peugeot 108 1.0 Active

Price: £7298    Saving: £4162

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There's no shortage of Peugeot 108s available on pre-reg, it's a similar tale with its sister car the Citroen C1. It means there's plenty of choice so you can be picky if you want a certain colour or trim. We found this neat looking Active model in smart blue metallic paint with close to £4000 off the list price and only four miles on the clock. It's an ideal first car that will prove cheap to run.

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Arnold Clark Nottingham 1.0 Puretech petrol 3dr £7298  £11,460 £4162 10

 

 

 

Mazda CX-3 2.0 SE-L Nav

Price: £17,998   Saving: £2767

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The excellent Mazda CX-3 is one of the best small crossovers on the market, especially when it comes to handling. It's not the cheapest, however, so with around £2700 off, this 2.0-litre petrol SE-L Nav model looks a good deal. Registered in March 2018, you'll also be getting the bulk of the manufacturer warranty.

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Jennings Sunderland 2.0 120PS manual £17,998  £20,765 £2767 100

 

 

 

Ford S-MAX Zetec 2.0 TDCi 150 manual

Price: £21,998   Saving: £6867

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If you're after a spacious seven-seater, there are few cars that better the Ford S-MAX. It's one of those cars we find ourselves recommending to family buyers on a regular basis. It's comfortable and good to drive, yet has enormous amounts of space. This particular car comes with the special Ruby Red paint - an exclusive colour that's an £825 option new.  

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Arnold Clark Shiremoor Ford 2.0 TDCi 150 manual £21,998  £28,865 £6867 61

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz A 180 d Sport

Price: £18,998   Saving: £5187

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With a new A-Class arriving imminently, dealers will be keen to shift existing stock so there are some good savings to be had on the outgoing model, as £5000 off this A 180 d shows. It's well equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a reversing camera. The only downside is that it's only available at Mercedes-Benz Grangemouth - not far from Glasgow.

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Mercedes-Benz Grangemouth 1.5-litre diesel manual £18,998  £24,185 £5187 25

 

 

 

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Sting

Price: £7990   Saving: £3715

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There's no shortage of Vauxhalls when you look for pre-reg deals with hundreds of different Corsa models around. This 1.4 Sting is the entry-level to the Corsa range but does get white alloys, sporty stripes and Bluetooth, although there's no air con. This car comes with the optional £655 Lime Green paint which makes a change from the usual yellow and red ones you'll see - the former being the free colour. 

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Peter Vardy Perth 1.4 petrol five-speed manual  £7990  £11,705 £3715 10

 

 

 

SEAT Leon ST 1.2 TSI SE Technology

Price: £14,400   Saving: £6895

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While this Leon ST isn't in the more popular FR Technology trim, which isn't actually that much more expensive than the SE if you're buying new, it comes with almost £7000 off. That's a big saving on an 18-plate Leon with just a handful of miles. The 1.2 TSI engine is good if you're not covering big mileages and of course there are no DPF issues to worry about.

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Bristol Street Motors Birmingham 1.2 TSI petrol manual £14,400 £21,295 £6895 27

 

 

 

Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI SE

Price: £19,000   Saving: £2455

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With a lengthy waiting list on the new Karoq, a pre-reg deal could not only get you a car quicker but will also save you money. Marshall Skoda in Oxford does in fact have several 1.0 SE models - all for £19,000 - a saving of close to £2500 off the list price. If you want a DSG, it's an extra £1000.

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Marshall Skoda Oxford 1.0 TSI petrol manual £19,000 £21,455 £2455 5

 

 

 

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi N-Connecta 

Price: £14,990  Saving: £5315

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The quirky and unusual looking Juke has proved a huge success and become one of the most popular crossovers around. This N-Connecta model comes in the £575 Magnetic Red paint and the £1500 safety pack. You'll need to be prepared to drive to Mansfield though as it is not eligable for Evan Halshaw's Move Me Closer scheme.

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Evans Halshaw Mansfield 1.5 dCi N-Connecta 5dr £14,990 £20,305 £5315 100

 

 

 

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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