Glass's Guide: Bag A New Year Car Bargain Now!

The New Year is THE time of year to pick up a new or secondhand car bargain, say industry experts from the must-have 'bible' for any self-respecting car dealer, the Glass's Guide. Dealers tend to have a lot of fresh stock in January and this year, there's a surplus of new cars, set to lead to bargains on ‘as-new’ pre-registered models. Glass's say: "With consumers feeling the pinch of Christmas or spending their money on the high street rather than the forecourt, most buyers don’t come out of hibernation until the early spring. This means January - a traditionally quiet period for car sales - can be the perfect time to look for a good deal with dealers likely to welcome you with open arms." The only, obvious exception is for used 4x4's, wich always sell well at this time of year, especially if it snows like 2011. But conversely, those considering buying a convertible model for this summer shouldn’t delay as the savings will be even greater. Prices for convertible models peak in summer, but demand is very low in winter, so bargains for drop tops are plentiful. Glass's continue: "2012 as a whole is set to be a good year for motorists to bag a good deal. Given that the retail demand for new cars is not expected to see any recovery this year it is likely that pre-registration activity will continue to be a feature of the market again. Many cars may be pre-registered by dealers to boost overall sales figures meaning there could be some fantastic deals on ‘as-new’ cars which will technically be second hand, but are likely to have only a few hundred miles on the clock and no previous owners. Look around for pre-registered models to save thousands on an ‘as new’ car. Many Brits have been forced to downgrade to cheaper vehicles, gravitating to buying cars of three or more years old. High demand in this sector means that prices are set to remain fairly stable, and ‘run-arounds’ of five or six years or older and priced under £5,000 are likely to fare even better. Glass’s data has also revealed that used car purchases are not just about the headline price, with buyers increasingly interested in fuel efficiency and running costs due to the economic climate." To get a car valuation, contact And get out and start haggling on your next motor folks!


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