Make a date with a bargain 63-plate ; Love deals on new wheels MOTORING [Sunday Mirror (England)]
(Sunday Mirror (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TODAY marks a brand new car buying frenzy in the UK that hasn't been seen since 2007.
The new 63-plate looks set to be the biggest seller for the last six years, with total registrations likely to top 2.2 million. Some say this is proof that the recession is over, but the real reason is that car sales in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal are so grim that manufacturers have switched their marketing might to the UK, offering a raft of compelling discounts that car-mad Brits can't refuse.
So if you fancy a new motor, prices are some of the cheapest I've ever seen. Motorpoint car supermarkets are offering Pounds 3,300 off a brand new 63-plate Fiesta 1.5 TDCi, a huge Pounds 8,100 off a Renault Megane 1.5, and Pounds 3,800 off a 63 Honda Civic 1.4 i- VTEC. Carfile.net will give you Pounds 4,600 off a Focus 1.6 TDCi and Pounds 3,000 off a Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Estate.
And you can even get big discounts on posh stuff. How about a whacking five grand off a Mercedes C250 CDi AMG Sport from drivethedeal.com, or Pounds 5,400 off a BMW 525d Touring from carfile.net?
A glum car company boss told me that some car makers are literally selling cars for a few pounds profit just to keep European factories open, and dealers have been ordered by head office to move metal at virtually any cost. Closing a car factory costs hundreds of millions so, crazily, selling cars at cost (or sometimes less) is the only option they have. All of which is bad news for them, but good news for us. If you can't come up with a wad of cash, think about leasing or a personal contract plan.
The cheapest new car deal I've ever seen is Skoda's brilliant Citigo (a VW up! by any other name) at Pounds 69 a month. That's an award-winning town car that does 60mpg and comes with three years' free servicing. Prices are so keen that on some cars it's cheaper to buy new than pay all those servicing, and high fuel bills on a second-hand clunker. It's a no-brainer.
BRENAULT MEGANE 1.5 Pounds 8,100 off
BSKODA CITIGO Pounds 69 per month
BFORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Pounds 4,600 off
BMW 525d Estate Pounds 5,400 off
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