The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - hootie
Please forgive me as I imagine you regulars have gone over this before, and I will search the archives promise. However, right now either the site or my computer is running so slowly, that this seemed the best thing to do.

I've been posting about our decision making process to find a small car suitable for our 19 (next month) year old daughter to learn to drive in, which will then go on to be a car for her use.

For various reasons, if we like the test drive, we've decided to go for a new, demonstrator, or pre-registered Toyota Yaris, 1 litre, 3 doors.

We decided on this after first looking at the second hand ones on offer.

We want to be able to deal with our local main dealer. As I've said, we are not car savvy, and this is the best thing for our family to do. Could buy elsewhere and go there for servicing, but am nervous of an import.

The dealer has 3 pre-registered cars (2003)now of interest to us

A silver metallic T3 - this has remote central locking, a cd player and alloys on top of all the standard stuff (new list £8,546.95 inc 12months tax, mats and £20 fuel) they are asking £7,795 with only 6 months tax

A Colour Collection in metallic burgundy - this has the colour spec and a cd player (list inc as above £8,546.95 - no alloys and key op central locking) they are asking £7,295 as above

A Colour Collection which has the colour spec and alloys (but on this particular one they have added a cd player at the garage) List without the cd player is £8,746.95 - they are asking £7,760 with cd and six months tax.


I haven't yet checked the pre-registration dates etc. but on a first glance it would seem that financially, the best bet would be to shop around and barter like mad for a T3 silver which has the lot and would be new on first registration to us - unless they are prepared to drop quite a bit?

I am trying to use the net to find the very best prices for these cars, and will use these to help negotiate at our local dealer.

Plus - as we are inbetween Tunbridge Wells and the south coast, would anyone know if it's likely that we could get a better deal further south, or is it just a case of trying all the dealers in a radius? Can you do this just by phone as we know what we want?

What are we likely to be able to negotiate off, any one know? or have you got any other observations given that this is the car at the top of our list.

Thanks.

The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - hootie
CORRECTION

List price T3 in silver does *not* have alloy wheels. Has cd player and remote central locking

(Burgundy has key op central locking and cd player, no alloys
Blue should have kep op c/l and alloys, on this dealer has
fitted a cd player in addition)

Think Mr H would put alloys and remote c/l over cd player

Need to work out what we ought to be offering, or should we go for brand new unregistered?
The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - peterb
Some of the brokers have been doing good prices on BRAND NEW, unregistered Yarises. Have you checked the "best deals" bit on the RH of this page?

Peter
The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - MS
I found prices to be higher in the South :-(

I bought a new UK supplied Peugeot in May. My local dealer on the south coast offered a 4% discount (even after telling them about prices on the net). Going through www.new-car-discount.com got me a 17% discount from a Peugeot dealer in Lancashire.

The only downside was 260 miles on the clock when I received it. Otherwise no problems at all.

My local Peugeot garage are happy to do the first 6000 mile inspection service this weekend.

My Peugeot was pre-registered on the day before I recieved it. The V5 states 15/5/03 as registered and 16/5/03 as date of transfer to new owner :-)

I hope this helps a bit.
Plus - as we are inbetween Tunbridge Wells and the south
coast, would anyone know if it's likely that we could get
a better deal further south, or is it just a case
of trying all the dealers in a radius? Can you
do this just by phone as we know what we want?
The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - Hawesy1982

Hi,

I would say that the Yaris is fine for a first car, but i don't think it's such a good idea to get one with alloys on it, as no matter how quickly your daughter learns she is likely to clobber a good few kerbs when parallel parking etc before shes passes, and alloys are much more easily damaged than ordinary steel wheels. I'd say save the money, and if she wants to buy alloys later on they can just be added then. When negotiating, go for the usual little add-ons after the price has been agreed, ie

Mats,
Mudflaps,
Full years tax,
Full tank of petrol

Plus anything else you can think of, as many dealers will concede these little things, but can be worth well over £100 if bought as aftersales parts.

Hope this helps
The decision (maybe) ? Small Car - DavidHM
www.ukcarbroker.co.uk has the Yaris T3 1.0, new, with your daughter as the first owner, for £7280 + £273 for metallic paint, total £7553. That includes a year's tax.

I also think a pre-reg is worth ~£200 less. Against that delivery may be extra, or you might have to travel a long way. It's worth finding out though.
 

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