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Spooked by the new ‘13’ registration…? We will help you avoid any bad luck

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With March just around the corner, people in the United Kingdom are eagerly awaiting the release of the new 2013 vehicle registration plates. March is the biggest month in the calendar year for all new car sales across the motor trade industry. From your big high street chains to your smaller family run forecourts, thousands of pounds will be parted with when purchasing brand spanking new vehicle registrations.

There are a whole host of different makes and models that will be unleashed into the market in the next few days, ranging from top end super cars to Britain’s cheapest new car, the Dacia Sandero at £5,995. This is the best time of year to get your bartering hat on, haggle hard, and find yourself the best deal you can! Every car dealer in the land will want to drum up your business!

We have compiled a few hints and tips on how to find the best deals around so have a read through and see if you can land yourself a bargain!

A few hints and tips…

Purchasing a new vehicle is such a big commitment that will mean a substantial investment of money. It’s not something you should take lightly, and with a bit of careful planning can save you money in the long run. Here are a few of our ideas you might like to consider…

  • Don’t make any rash decisions. Take your time when sourcing your new purchase. Showrooms will be heaving with new vehicles so there is plenty of choice available to you
  • Make sure you set yourself a realistic budget that you can afford. You don’t want to leave yourself in a position where you are struggling with payments. Plan your budget accordingly and most importantly – Stick to it
  • Keep your ear to the ground when it comes to deals in the market. Check the internet, newspapers and magazines for all the latest up to date pricing and offers that are available
  • Do some research and get a few quotes from a variety of dealerships. Sit down and compare each side by side and see what they have to offer. Don’t get pushed around by boisterous car salesmen. At the end of the day you are the customer and can take as long as you want to decide what to do
  • If you are going to trade your old car in as part of the deal, check online to see what value others are pricing it at. There are lots of sites you can look through to make sure you are getting the correct amount for your old car
  • Before you part with any money make sure you take the vehicle for a test drive. You need to feel the full potential from the vehicle so don’t be satisfied with a quick 5 minute drive around the block, take it for a blast in the fast lane!
  • Research into insurance and finance deals before you commit to the purchase
  • Make sure you get the best aftercare with the vehicle. Servicing and warranty packages can potentially save you a fortune down the line

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By Mark Bakharia