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A guide to pre-registered carsBack

If you’re looking for a new car this January, but are searching for ways to cut costs, why not opt for a pre-registered car.

Pre-registered cars come with all the benefits of new cars but will bring you huge savings if you’re prepared to make a small compromise. Follow the Trusted Dealer’s guide below on how to save cash and benefit from a pre-registered car:

What is a pre-registered car?

Pre-registered cars are effectively new cars which have clocked up a handful of miles, maybe a few hundred at most. A car dealer will have already registered the car with road tax and a number plate, before finding a buyer for it, so the car is effectively second-hand, but comes as new.

Why do dealers pre-register cars?

The reason dealers might pre-register cars is to possibly meet a sales target by the manufacturer. In exchange for meeting these targets, the manufacturer might reward them with extra discounts or bonuses which they can then use to discount the price of the pre-registered car, so that everyone’s a winner.

How much will I save if I purchase a pre-registered car?

There is no set amount of money to be saved with this type of car, it will usually boil down to how popular the make is, whether it has enjoyed good sales in previous months etcetera. Some of the best deals available are two-for-one offers where you pay the full retail price for one make of car and receive another similar car free. Some less popular makes are simply heavily discounted, or in the case of more popular models which are in demand, you may only save as much as £1000.

Which types of car are available to buy pre-registered?

You would expect to see many mainstream models such as Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen cars available to purchase pre-registered, however, stronger, more prestigious brands such as Mini, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are far less likely to be offered unless the particular model is old or due to be replaced.

Is there any catch to purchasing a pre-registered car?

There shouldn’t be any catches, the car should look and feel as new and will have undertaken the same pre-sales checks as a new car. The bonus of a pre-registered car is that you could be driving it off the forecourt in a matter of days as opposed to waiting weeks for delivery. The only drawback is that you’ll be registered as the car’s second owner which could lower its resale value very slightly when you come to sell it on.



Posted by Leana Kell on 30/12/2011