Buying from Main Dealers
The most expensive place you can buy a car from is an official
main dealer! Right?
Well, actually, no. Sift through all the overpriced cars at a main dealer and there are
often a few bargains to be had, and here's why...
(N.B. A 'main' dealer is an officially franchised dealer that will typically sell just one make
Most dealers get big incentives to keep used stock for only a limited amount of time
(typically 60 days), so once they've had the car hanging around for a few weeks they are often
eager to slash the price just to get rid of it... even if they make no profit out of it!
When looking for cars that are under 1 year old, I often find that 90% of them will be at main
dealers. Of course, if you are looking to buy an older car, this is less of a problem; although it
is still worth a look at the main dealers' websites. Speaking of which...
AS EASY AS W.W.W.
Apart from one or two exceptions, you can find all of a main dealer's stock on the manufacturer's
website. These sites are great to use, so just google the car make to find them. The worst
website is www.ford.co.uk which only ever has a small chunk of the
UK's used Fords listed and so is pretty useless. Taking second place is Citroen - although nowhere
near as bad, dealers often have cars not listed on the website.
ALL THE TRIMMINGS
And don't forget that when you buy a used car from a main dealer it nearly always comes with
at least 12 months manufacturer's warranty, and nothing needing doing to it (not even a service).
And if you ask nicely, national delivery can sometimes be thrown in too...
With best wishes from the bright spark (plug)
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
"I would like a new-shape Honda Jazz, but it must be the high specification ES model, and under
How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = £11,095
We bought it for = £9,500!
WHY I LOVE THE...
Every time I see an original Audi Cabriolet I am reminded of the year
I spent in Wisconsin (USA) in the mid-90s as a poor student. I used to borrow my rich cousins'
beautiful Pearl coloured 'Cab' and would always put the roof down... even in -20 degree temperatures.
Sometimes you can love a car not just because it is great (and it really was!), but because of the
memories it brings back.