What are stock cars?

June 21, 2021 by

Stock cars aren’t to be confused with smashed-up banger racers, they’re simply new cars that have already been built and are ‘in stock’. Many dealers will have a number of these cars available that can usually be delivered faster than a conventional factory order.

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What’s the difference between a new factory order car and a stock car?

A factory order car is a car that’s built to your exact personal specification. You pick the engine, gearbox, colour, trim level and all optional extras you’d like. This order is then wired to the factory then builds your car which can take anywhere between four weeks and eight months – particularly popular models can take longer, however.

If you want a new car in a hurry, a dealer may suggest you buy a car from stock to speed things up. It might not physically be sitting in the dealer’s back yard – it may even be waiting at a foreign port – but it’s still a brand-new car. Unfortunately, it may not be built to your ideal spec but it could be delivered in a matter of days instead of months.

Will I save more money by buying a stock car?

In some instances, dealers will offer a smaller discount on a stock car – especially if it’s a popular model. This is because they know some buyers don’t have patience to wait for a factory order and are willing to pay closer to list price if it means they get their car sooner.

On other stock cars, you may get more discount than by placing a factory order – the stock car may be in a less desirable colour or have some unusual options, so the dealer will take some money off the price to clear it from stock.

Can I buy stock cars through Carwow?

Yes! Simply head over to our new car deals page, configure a car and our top dealers will share their stock lists alongside offers for factory order models. Simply call the dealer or send them a message to express your interest in a stock car. It’s as simple as that.

Save money on your next car

Check out the latest Carwow offers on our new car deals page or head over to our car chooser tool if you’re not sure what to buy. Already picked the perfect model? Use our PCP calculator to get a better idea of how much it could cost per month.