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Looking for a nearly new car? Check out these amazing pre-reg deals

With the new car market in decline, there's never been a better time to find a great deal on a pre-registered car. These as-new cars have often only covered a handful of miles and feature huge discounts. 

Click through the gallery below to see this month's top 10 pre-reg deals. Please note that these deals are subject to terms and conditions. They can also be withdrawn by the seller at any time.

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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX SRi Nav

Savings - Up to 43.5 per cent

Yes, you read that right. You can save a whopping 43.5 per cent on a nearly new Insignia Grand Sport - which is just Vauxhall's fancy new name for the most recent Insignia incarnation.

This pre-reg deal takes you from spending £24,745 to £13,995, meaning you could get a mid-spec family-sized car with plenty of extras for the price of a sporty little, five-door Corsa.

>> Click here to read our review of the Vauxhall Insignia


Engineer Andy    on 14 November 2017

For the most part, in my opinion, not worth it:

1) Most on the list are diesels, and presumably because sales are dropping rapidly after dieselgate, expensive DPF issues and more than threats from governments to tax diesel-powered cars until their pips squeak, or ban them in a few years time from city centres. As such, second-hand values will be dropping considerably as more people try and offload Euro3 diesels (city bans) and those doing lower mileages/mainly urban driving who now don't want to fork out fortunes to keep their DPFs from expiring (expensively) every couple of years;

2) Difficulty in selling on certain cars that are VERY heavily discounted - this would apply if you want to keep your (new) car for under 5 years, given its likely very high depreciation and lack of buyers;

3) Often the deals for actual brand new cars (a pre-reg means you are the second owner and may well attract a higher depreciation than a new car with the same miles/age) at brokers are mostly better (though not always) than the majority of pre-regged cars, especially if that car you want is a popular model/variant.

Often what 'seems' like a good deal on, say, a 'sport' model means you end up with a car with an uncomfortable hard ride, less boot space (taken up by 'ugraded' ICE or differently-configured exhausts etc) and much higher running costs (insurance, tyres, fuel) than the mid-spec car you ACTUALLY wanted, which still would've been cheaper (though less in percentage terms than comparing the respective RRPs) and exactly what you wanted;

4) Some pre-regged cars have been essentially sitting in the showroom or been an (unloved - short journeys and repreated start-ups from cold) test-drive car for up to a year, and often will need a full service (due to the repeated short usage) within a few months of purchase, and could, especially for diesels exaccerbated DPF problems by their former usage pattern. If its been almost unused and been sitting outside in all weathers for months, then it could have flat-spotted tyres and binding/warped brakes which would need 'servicing' (reducing their overal life due to having the discs smoothed off, compared to newer ones that were used) or replaced (yet more expense). It depends upon where they've been stored.

My Mazda3 originally was on sale in Cyprus (RHD), which is dry (so no problems with the brakes or rusting) and was only sitting around for a couple of months at best before Motorpoint brought it to the UK and I purchased it (15 miles on the clock), so I was lucky, well, sort of, as I specifically asked where the car had been residing before they had bought it, and, crucially, when was it built (Oct 2005).

I would urge caution about accepting pre-regged cars as 'great deals' - sometimes they can be, if you get in at the right time and are lucky, but often, in my view, better deals are to be had elsewhere.

PS. Isn't the posh Fiesta on the list equipped with the 1.5 variant of the infamous 'diesel-of-doom'?

Edited by Engineer Andy on 14/11/2017 at 12:38

Slow Eddie    on 15 November 2017

Oh don't be a spoilsport Andy - poor Georgia has to come up with something every week to induce multiple click-throughs... and I think we're co-operating in a Pavlovian sort of way.
(I do appreciate your contributions on here, though - and in fact I'm looking hard at a new Mazda3 petrol, and would certainly consider a pre-reg!)

   on 17 November 2017

My opinion is that pre-reg and dealer demonstrators are definitely worth short-listing. Around 1999 bought pre-reg Vauxhall Vectra; had it 9 - 10 years. After initial teething trouble with windscreen, it went fine until the last year of ownership when it had some kind of flat spot above 65mph. Not bad after all those years. In 2012 bought a BMW X1 demonstrator with 5,000 miles on the clock. Yes, these cars may have been sitting around a long time between demo uses but that is the beauty for me - not been abused by ignorant users. I never had to change any DPF or cat. convertor. That Vectra only had one battery change in 10 years and the BMW is still on its original battery. However, I do take Andy's point about short journeys - I only limit my short journeys to once a week to supermarket and cinema perhaps once a month. Most of my hourneys are 30 to 200 miles (so electric (battery) cars are useless to me) on fast A roads and Motorways and I try to plan short journeys to the same day so that the engine and parts (e.g. exhaust) get up to a good operating temperature. Diesels are being bashed on the head but I prefer diesels mainly due to their inherent realibility, i.e. they don't need spark ignition. Diesels are ignited by compression so that the engine block has to be built strong. I blame the parents driving "Chelsea Tractors" with cold engines a few miles on school runs driving up the emissions data. I ensure my car is in tune and only accelerate moderately the first 10 miles when the engine is still warming up .... fail to see how a petrol engined BMW X1 would be any cheaper on whole life costs.

karenannanina    on 21 November 2017

4 of the 10 cars are petrol driven, which at least proves that you don't HAVE to buy a would-be offloaded diesel to get a good discount. And it isn't intended to be an exhaustive list - I can think of other cars that are often sold as pre-reg at reasonable prices. One fine example would be the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. We have one of these incredibly versatile cars. A few years ago, we bought a pre-reg Nissan Leaf that had been sitting in the middle of a heated showroom for a few months. It had done no miles, was perfect, gave no trouble at all in three years, and cost us about £15,000 instead of £26,000. And in a business context, I would never pay anywhere list price for a van. You can always get what you want pre-reg, with delivery miles, in pristine condition, at massive discounts.

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