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FINDING 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 of car.)


OVER-AGE STOCK

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!


LARGE SELECTIONS

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)

ASHLEY

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

PALMDALE'S BARGAIN
OF THE WEEK

Honda Jazz
Honda Jazz

The brief:
"I would like a new-shape Honda Jazz, but it must be the high specification ES model, and under 10,000."

How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = 11,095

We bought it for = 9,500!

WHY I LOVE THE...

Audi Cabriolet
Audi Cabriolet

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.


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!