Nearly new cars: June 2024

Fancy the a brand new car but don’t want to pay the full recommended retail price? Save thousands by picking up one of these nearly new cars

By Tom Phillips June 13, 2024

If you want the best deal on a new car, buying brand-new is unlikely to get you the best deal, especially as the industry recovers from the pandemic and supply shortages. That's where nearly new cars come in.

The best way to save money on a new car is to look at a nearly new cars. They look and feel like the freshest new models on the market, not to mention still featuring that new-car smell, but they can cost substantially less to buy. What's not to like?

Nearly new cars will have been used to some extent and that might be a problem if you like to know exactly where your car has been.

You'll also have your choice restricted to whatever is available, relying on the taste of others. But, if you can find a car that ticks all of your boxes, you'll likely be able to buy it for far less than the list price.

Toyota Aygo X

Toyota Aygo X

The Toyota Aygo X is a small hatchback designed for the cut and thrust of the urban jungle. So while it might look like a small SUV, the plastic cladding around the wheelarches is actually there to ward off wayward shopping trolleys. Cheap to run and super easy to drive, the Aygo X is well equipped, too.

  • Toyota Aygo X 1.0 VVT-i Pure
  • Price: £13,472 or £204.86 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £16,140
  • Saving: £2,668
  • Mileage: 955
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Citroen C3

Citroen C3

The Citroen C3 is the small car done Citroen's way. That means it's built for comfort, and the interior is refreshingly colourful. This mid-spec C3 Plus we've found features plenty of equipment, including 16-inch alloys, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment and automatic air conditioning. 

  • Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech Plus 5dr
  • Price: £14,595 or £232.35 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £17,805
  • Saving: £3,210
  • Mileage: 816
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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was a pioneer of mainstream electric cars. While other carmakers are playing catchup in launching new EVs, the Leaf is well into its second generation. That familiarity has also tempered demand, making the Leaf an absolute stand-out nearly-new car deal, especially in top-spec Tekna trim.

  • Nissan Leaf 110kW Tekna 39kWh 5dr Auto
  • Price: £14,990 or £236.78 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £31,995
  • Saving: £17,005
  • Mileage: 900
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Vauxhall Mokka Electric

Vauxhall Mokka Electric

Nearly new electric cars make some of the best used car deals available, and this Vauxhall Mokka Electric is no exception. This car is a year old and comes in top of the range Ultimate spec, so gets 18-inch alloys, quality infotainment and LED Matrix headlights, plus a discount of over 50% on the new price.

  • Vauxhall Mokka Electric 100kW Ultimate 50kWh 5dr Auto
  • Price: £19,995 or £326.52 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £41,295
  • Saving: £21,300
  • Mileage: 6
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Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq is well worth a look if you need a car that can cope with all that family life can throw at it. Well equipped, spacious and comfortable to drive, the Karoq is one of the best small SUVs on the market. It should be cheap to run too, thanks to the smooth 1.0 petrol engine, and the useful discount offered here, too.

  • Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI SE Drive 5dr
  • Price: £22,500 or £327.04 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £29,575
  • Saving: £7,075
  • Mileage: 13
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Ford Puma

Ford Puma

The Ford Puma is one of the UK's best-selling cars, and it's not hard to see why. Sharp to drive yet cheap to run, seriously practical for a relatively small car, and very well equipped, the Puma is a great choice of transport for any small family, especially with a decent discount thrown in, too.

  • Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV ST-Line X 5dr
  • Price: £24,999 or £438.13 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £28,250
  • Saving: £3,251
  • Mileage: 1,000
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Volkswagen Taigo

VW Taigo

Think of the Volkswagen Taigo as a slightly more sporty, coupe-inspired version of the VW T-Cross SUV. However, despite the curvier roofline, the Taigo doesn't compromise too much on interior space, and features a host of tech in the top-spec R Line trim featured here. Add in a good discount, and what's not to like? 

  • Volkswagen Taigo 1.0 TSI 110 R-Line 5dr
  • Price: £25,499 or £371.29 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £30,590
  • Saving: £5,091
  • Mileage: 750
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Audi A3 Saloon

Audi A3 Saloon

The Audi A3 Saloon has an under the radar feel thanks to the fact that most buyers opt for the Sportback hatchback bodystyle instead. However, rarity isn't the only appeal, as this A3 Saloon is in top-spec Black Edition trim and features a punchy 2.0 petrol engine, smooth S Tronic auto gearbox and a decent discount.

  • Audi A3 Saloon 35 TFSI Black Edition 4dr S Tronic
  • Price: £31,999 or £451.45 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £37,175
  • Saving: £5,176
  • Mileage: 1,157
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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the car for people who are bored of BMWs. Yes, it's not a trendy SUV, but it only takes a short drive to realise that the Giulia proves there's life in the traditional saloon car yet. As well as being good to drive and nice to look at, the Giulia is well equipped, too.

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo Veloce 4dr Auto
  • Price: £37,000 or £628.29 per month over 36 months
  • OTR Price: £45,030
  • Saving: £8,030
  • Mileage: 10
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What are nearly new cars?

Nearly new cars differ from brand new models because they have already been registered by a dealer with the DVLA and have a registration number. A brand new car only gets registered once it's been purchased. What's more, a car that's already been registered by a dealer can't be described as new.

Dealers often register new cars and sell them as nearly new in order to boost sales figures at the end of a month or quarter. This will help them to meet their sales targets set by the manufacturer, which earns the dealer a bonus. Nearly new cars are also described as ex-demo or pre-registered.

The good news is that these cars often represent great value, as they are often heavily discounted to shift them from forecourts. The dealer will likely register very popular models it knows will sell quickly, too.

What is classed as a nearly new car?

There isn't a specific definition of what constitutes a nearly new car, but we categorise them as having fewer than 1000 miles on the clock, and being less than a year old. However, nearly new cars are referred to by a number of different names.

They can be called ex-demonstrator cars, which means the car has been used by the dealer to give potential buyers test drives. This can mean the car has been fitted with a new or particularly significant special feature that can be shown to people deciding on how to spec their new car, like a top-spec infotainment system, which you benefit from as the buyer of the ex-demo car.

Nearly new cars can also be called pre-registered cars. This name tends to be applied to popular models that a dealer knows they will be able to sell quickly that have been registered towards the end of a month or quarter in order to meet sales targets. 

Do nearly new cars come with a warranty?

Nearly new cars are still covered by the initial manufacturer warranty, so even if you're looking at a two-year-old Kia, for instance, you'll have as much as five years of cover remaining. Essentially, you're getting nearly all of the benefits of buying a brand-new car, without losing an awful lot and saving huge amounts of money in the process.

However, the clock starts ticking on a warranty as soon as the car is first registered, so bear that in mind if you're buying a low mileage car that happens to be a couple of years old. It’s also worth remembering that some warranty and breakdown packages only apply to the first keeper, so check with the dealer that these benefits will be transferred to you.

Is a nearly new car the same as a pre-registered car?

Nearly new cars differ slightly from pre-registered models, in that 'nearly new' tends to be a term used for all cars that have been registered and are likely to have up to 1000 miles on the clock.

Pre-registered cars are a form of nearly new car that have been assigned a registration number but have almost the same amount of miles on the clock as a brand new car. Both options can mean you can save thousands of pounds - and benefit from a range of flexible finance options. You'll probably still get most of that new car smell, too.

How much can I save on a nearly new car?

The answer to this is hard to put a figure on, as it depends on the type of car you're looking for. As a rule, luxury cars and electric cars tend to lose a lot more value when they're registered, so discounts can be bigger.

If you're looking to save the most, we'd recommend looking for nearly new cars in March or September when the number plate changes. This is when dealers want to shift the greatest number of cars to earn their sales bonuses, so pre-registering cars is common to boost those figures. 

Nearly new bargains can also be found when a particular model is about to be replaced by a new version. Dealers don’t want old generation versions hanging around and taking up space they need for the all-new car, so they’ll be keen to strike a deal on any nearly new cars. If you’re happy with the outgoing model rather than the very latest model, it’s an opportunity to haggle for a very good deal.

One other place to find nearly new cars are some of the larger car supermarkets. If a dealer has ended up with a large number of nearly new cars it needs to sell in a hurry, they sometimes pass them on to car supermarkets to save themselves the hassle.