Pre-reg deals on best-selling new cars

Looking to change your car with the best deal? You could save thousands with these pre-registered versions of the UK’s best-selling cars

Lewis Kingston
May 22, 2020
Nissan Qashqai

There’s an endless array of choice if you’re in the market for a new car. So much so, in fact, that it can be difficult to know where to start.

Consequently, you might turn to the best-seller lists in order to help whittle down your options. This might, at first, appear a restrictive move – but much of the variety in the new car market is reflected among even just the top-ten best selling cars in the UK; city cars, saloons, hatches and SUVs all often make the grade.

New car prices are climbing, however, in part due to changing emissions regulations and the associated penalties that are levied against manufacturers. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you want a new car, though, as there are great deals on numerous pre-registered cars – which are often either new or practically new.

You might not be the first registered keeper, if you’re buying outright, but the substantial savings mean it’s a route well worth considering. Read on to find out just how much you could stand to save on the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars.

Pre-registered cars for sale

1. Volkswagen Golf

The new Volkswagen Golf is just around the corner, meaning now is a great time to nab a superb deal on the outgoing seventh-generation model. We’re not talking a few hundred pounds of savings, either; go for a pre-registered Golf and, compared to the price of a new one, you could save around £5500.

The most pre-registered examples are the 1.5-litre TSI EVO variants in Match trim, which offer decent punch in conjunction with a great range of kit – including adaptive cruise control.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Fiesta

If you’re looking for a compact and frugal car that’s rewarding to drive, the Fiesta should be at the top of your list. Even in basic Trend specification, with a 1.1-litre engine, the small Ford is a delight to hack around in.

New, when this article was published, such a car would cost a fairly heady £16,115 in five-door form; going for a pre-registered example, however, could save you some £3500. You can even find discounts of around £1000 on the desirable EcoBoost-engined Titanium models, if you want more creature comforts.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Focus

The Focus is a popular choice, thanks to its blend of pleasant driving experience, practicality and equipment. The basic Zetec model comes with lots of kit, including a heated windscreen and cruise control, but you’ll see lots of the sportier-looking ST-Line versions offered – and pre-registered cars are often temptingly priced.

New, a 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125PS ST-Line hatch would cost £22,985. A pre-registered one with a handful of miles on the clock, however, can sometimes be picked up for around £5000 less.

FORD FOCUS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Vauxhall Corsa

There are always good deals on Corsas around, which helps make it an ever-present model in the UK’s best-selling car lists. Predictably, given the new model has just arrived, there are some excellent discounts available on the outgoing car – but, if you’re interested in the latest one, you can still save money.

Go for a 1.2 Turbo Elite Nav Premium, for example, and you could save upwards of £1000 with a pre-registered example. Give it a little time and you’ll probably encounter even more significant discounts.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Even buyers seeking something with a bit more badge appeal can benefit from pre-registered car deals. Take the Mercedes A-Class hatchback; new, an A200 AMG Line model with a manual transmission would set you back a not-insignificant £28,260.

Browse pre-registered examples, which typically have fewer than 100 miles on the clock, and you can often find them on offer for around £3000 less than the list price. You’ll even see the more expensive automatic and saloon versions on offer with similar discounts.

MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Vauxhall Grandland X

Big Vauxhall SUVs have always been hit particularly hard by depreciation, making it a smart move – if you’re interested in such a car – to buy one that’s pre-registered. You’ll avoid that initial hefty hit of deprecation, for one thing, but still get all the benefits of what is basically a new car.

Case in point: a new 1.2-litre Turbo SRi Nav Grandland X, with an automatic transmission, has a recommended list price of £29,365. Opt for a pre-registered one, however, and you can expect to pay around £7500 less.

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen Polo

Buyers who want something a bit more refined and mature than a Fiesta often make a beeline for the smartly styled, but more expensive, Volkswagen Polo. If you were to buy a new 1.0-litre TSI SE model, which comes with features such as integral CarPlay and Android Auto support for the media system, you’d pay £16,980.

Ditch any desire to be the first registered keeper and you could save upwards of £2000 on the same car. Try and find an SEL model if you can, that said, as it features upgrades including sat-nav and dual-zone climate control.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Mini Hatchback

A Mini is a great option if you want something that’s fun, characterful and stylish. Such desirable traits command a premium, however, with even the basic three-door hatch starting at over £16,000. Not all is lost if you want to save money, though; if you wanted the mid-spec Cooper in Classic trim, it would cost £17,635 new.

A pre-registered car in the same specification, on the flip side, can be found for over £1500 less. Some even have single-digit figures on their odometer, too, so they are unquestionably brand-new cars.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

9. Nissan Qashqai

If you’ve got a small family then Nissan’s affordable and practical Qashqai has no doubt made an appearance on your shopping list at some point. New, they represent decent value for money – with models such as the DIG-T 140 in Acenta Premium trim costing £23,100 and coming with features such as sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and parking sensors.

Go for a pre-registered example in the same specification and you’ll net an even better deal, as they can be had for almost £6000 less.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

10. BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series is a sterling choice if you need a comfortable, efficient and advanced car. Prices for even the most affordable variant start at around £40,000, that said, and quickly rise if you want something more interesting.

However, there are some excellent deals on pre-registered examples – and it’s not uncommon to see five-figure discounts if you opt for a car with a hundred miles or so under its belt. A 520d in M Sport trim would, new, cost you £42,140. A pre-registered example? Around £14,000 less.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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