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NEGOTIATING When Buying New is Better Value than Buying Used...

This is not something I ever expected to say, but... SOMETIMES buying a new car is better value than buying a used one.

The Current Situation

As you'll have heard in the news, new car sales are at a 50 year low. Many manufacturers have halted production and/or cut jobs, but of course this is GREAT news for car buyers, as the dealers will now do anything to get you to order a brand-new car.

Now, this entirely depends upon what car you are looking for. Good luck trying to get much money off a new Fiat 500, however with luxury cars, 4x4s and a number of surprisingly 'normal' cars, the world is your oyster.

An Example

A friend of mine recently asked us to find him a nearly-new Audi Q7:

  • List price new = 47,145.50
  • What most dealers were asking for an 18-month-old car = 33,000.00
  • The discounted price of a brand new one from his local Audi dealer = 39,547.50
Yes, it is still more expensive to buy a new car, but not by much. And if you are planning on spending 33,000 on an 18-month-old car, an extra 6,500 for a brand-new one is very tempting!

The Moral of the Story

Don't automatically assume that a brand-new car is out of your budget. Always find out what 'new car' deals are out there before you start your search for a used car. After all, you never know if you don't ask...

And there are also a number of very credible Internet-based suppliers who will knock a huge amount of money off even the most eager dealer's best price!

Wishing you good Carma!


Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)


Volvo V70
Volvo V70

The brief:
"I am returning to the UK after 9 years overseas and I want a Volvo estate waiting for me the day I arrive."

How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = 21,750

We bought it for = 17,000!


Toyota Landcruiser
Toyota Landcruiser Amazon

Politically correct? No. Easy to manoeuvre? No. But it is so huge that nothing else makes you feel more like the 'King of the Road'. Plus, it is a proper off-roader. When people cross deserts or the Arctic, THIS is what they use!

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!