How to Find the Car You Want for Less
Shopping for a new car at the moment? The options can seem endless and it doesn’t help when dealers don’t make it clear what they’re selling either. Here’s how to save money in the three markets.
Unless you’re an expert haggler, there aren’t many ways to get a car straight off the showroom floor for much less than the sticker price. “Nearly new” vehicles is the market that offers the best value for money in recently released cars. These often have only few thousand miles or less on the clock and are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. Many of them were originally leased by corporate companies, driven by users of the government’s mobility scheme, or even registered by the employees of the dealership themselves to meet certain company thresholds. This means you’ll be getting a car in peak condition for up to a third off the original price.
Like everything in the digital age, the best deals are often found online. The best piece of advice is age-old though: do your research and don’t be rushed into a deal. Auto trader might be the most popular site, but don’t forget to check websites specializing on local deals like Gumtree. When it comes to looking for something specific or hard to find, join an enthusiast forum. Get the word out that you’re interested in buying. If you’re self-employed, you can register a vehicle as an expense. This could help cover the costs of insurance, breakdown cover, and fuel, but remember you can’t claim anything on anything related to non-business travel costs.
The third option is leasing the vehicle. You can choose a contract length that suits your needs or pay on a monthly basis. When the contracts over you can either renew your existing deal or look to lease a different vehicle. This means you’ll never be stuck with a car you don’t like for long. Many providers also offer you a service package that includes the maintenance and servicing of your vehicle in case anything goes wrong. Remember that, if you’re self-employed, you can register the car as a business expense. Car4Leasing make it easy to find the best deal by showing the P11d value of the car, the Co2 value, and the miles per gallon so you can make an informed decision. Use the government’s simplified expenses checker to see what you could claim based on your current routine.