How to get the cheapest price for your new car

Not only does carwow make the buying process as easy as possible, it’ll also ensure you get the very best prices from leading UK dealers. There are of course, other ways you can use to get a good deal.

We’ve looked at a few other methods that’ll get you a good price on a new, or nearly new car. Remember to try out our new car deals page to get the best price on a brand new car – you’ll receive only the best offers from the UK’s leading approved dealers.

1. Haggling with salespeople at the dealership

Haggling isn’t always easy – that’s why carwow removes this strenuous task from the buying process. If you want to get money off your new car direct from a dealer however, you may find bartering will get you a slightly better price. Remember to do your research and stand your ground – our haggling guide explains everything you need to know.

2. Buying a used car from a private seller

While its nice to have a brand-new car gracing your drive, many people choose to buy used instead. Buying directly from a private seller can be cheaper than buying through a dealer. It should also be easier to haggle with a private seller than it would be with a pushy salesperson.

However, with no dealer backup or warranty, remember to do some background checks on the car – while you may find it’s cheaper to buy, make sure it won’t cost you more in repair bills and that the current owner is selling it for a legitimate reason. Websites such as the DVLA’s Vehicle Check, along with more in-depth online HPI checks will give you a full picture of the car’s past.

3. Buy a used car from a dealer

You’ll find that almost all franchised dealers will have a stock of “used approved” vehicles. These cars are usually between two and four years old and are ordinarily trade ins. After finance packages end, many people will opt to get a brand new car over paying the final buy-out fee on their current model.

This means there are thousands of quality, low mileage cars that need to be sold on. A downside to this method is that you’ll pay more than you would if you were buying privately. The good news is that you know there’ll be no problems with the car and, if there is, it’ll still be under the manufacturer warranty. If it isn’t, most approved used vehicles will include some form of extended dealer warranty.

4. Buying a used car at auction

This option isn’t for everyone – while car auctions are big business in the UK, auction houses can be intimidating and aggressive places. That aside, buying cars this way can save you a great deal of money. In fact, this is where used car dealers get their stock from in the first place.

There are some downsides though – you need to know exactly which car you want and how much you’re prepared to pay for it. Don’t get carried away, as you may end up paying more than you would elsewhere. Even more so than buying privately, you won’t be sure what you’re getting – auctions are fast-paced and there’s normally no time to ask questions or take a test drive.

5. Using carwow

If you hadn’t already guessed, we think that carwow is still the best way to get money off your new car. There’s no haggling, the car will be brand-new and our dealers will make sure you have a great buying experience. You may even find a new car is cheaper than a nearly new, dealer approved one.

For more options, visit our new car deals page or if you’re having trouble settling on a new car, our car chooser tool will help.

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