Best pre-registered small car deals 2021

Looking to save money on a new car? These pre-registered deals on small hatchbacks could bring the latest models into your budget

Simon Ostler
Jan 13, 2021

Buying a brand new car has two very immediate downsides: firstly, new cars are very expensive compared to used cars, and secondly, they lose a huge proportion of their value within seconds of turning the key (or pressing the button) for the first time. But who can resist the allure of driving a pristine new car - the smell, the shine? If only there was a way to get all of the good without suffering the bad...

Well, we might have an answer. Roll out the red carpet for pre-registered car deals. For all intents and purposes, a pre-registered car is a brand new car. It's never been owned by anyone - other than the dealer that has 'bought' the car from itself - and it will only have driven a handful of miles in its short life. Choosing a pre-registered car can be a great way to save thousands of pounds on the new car you really want.

Here, we've picked out some of the best pre-reg deals currently available on small cars, so if you're in the market for the latest compact models this is a good place to start for a top-value compact hatchback. Whether you're looking to pay cash, or make the most of low monthly finance payments, these four choices could be perfect for you.

We have hundreds of pre-registered cars available on BuyaCar, so if you're looking for something a little bigger, be sure to check out our deals on pre-registered SUVs with savings of up to £11,000 on some models.

Pre-registered small car deals

List prices correct as of January 2021

Pre-registered Fiat 500 deals

Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge list price: £15,530
BuyaCar price Limited stock

The Fiat 500 is already relatively cheap as a new car but a pre-registered example could save you up to around £4,500 on the list price. Fortunately, cheap doesn't mean low-rent. The 21st century 500 has bags of personality and chic styling that hasn't changed a great deal over its lifetime. So you can opt for a cheaper pre-reg model safe in the knowledge that it's unlikely to be overshadowed by the new version, which also looks pretty similar.

Lounge is the second trim level up in the range, but it still has air-conditioning, split rear seats for greater practicality and a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, which makes it easier for drivers of all sizes to get comfortable.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine makes the 500 nippy enough around town and while it's not the most economical engine you can get in a small car, real-world fuel bills are likely to prove very low in any case. Pre-registered mild hybrid models are also beginning to find their way onto BuyaCar, so keep an eye out for their MHEV badging if you're looking for even better economy.


Pre-registered Vauxhall Corsa deals

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SE list price: £15,940
BuyaCar price from: £12,795
Monthly finance from: £210*

The new Vauxhall Corsa launched in late 2019 and has so far proven to be a strong seller despite its rather hefty new car pricing. The allure of the Corsa has always been its affordability, but with new car prices starting from £15,940, it can hardly be considered cheap now. However pre-registered deals can help to sweeten the outlook somewhat.

Since the Corsa is so new, the savings aren't huge, but £3,000 off the price of a very fresh car with only a few miles on the clock is still a nice saving. You'll be getting a small car packed with plenty of the latest tech, even in entry-level SE trim, while similar savings are available on higher spec models, although prices for those are pushing on towards £20,000 which is a little steep for a car of this size.

The cheaper models we're looking at come with the 75hp 1.2-litre petrol engine and a five-speed manual gearbox and are equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen media system, which you can connect to your smartphone. There's also an adaptive cruise control system and air-conditioning.


Pre-registered Peugeot 208 deals

Peugeot 208 1.2 Allure list price: £19,325
BuyaCar price Limited stock

The latest Peugeot 208 was also introduced in 2019, itself bringing a much-needed overhaul to styling and interior tech. With a bold look in keeping with all of Peugeot's latest creations, this small French car offers an alternative to the Corsa at a very similar price. However, with pre-reg deals offering savings of up to £3,000 you could afford yourself a higher specification model here. 

In terms of shape and size, the 208 is similar to the Corsa as it is based on the same platform underneath the skin. As a result, you also get the same engine and gearbox choices - so essentially you're choosing which design you like best, and which price.  

Equipment on mid-range Allure models includes a seven-inch touchscreen media system with digital radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay all controlled with voice recognition. You also get wireless smartphone charging, automatic air-conditioning and a digital 3D head-up display.

Pre-registered Seat Ibiza deals

Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR list price: £18,705
BuyaCar price from: £14,000
Monthly finance from: £183*

A great deal on a great car: that’s the promise with a pre-reg Seat Ibiza. With savings of up to £4,000 off the price of mid-spec FR models, there's an opportunity here to get yourself a serious bargain on a very well-equipped car.

Being FR trim, this model brings sharp styling with sporty details, along with excellent levels of interior tech. There's an eight-inch touchscreen media system with voice recognition and sat-nav while the presence of Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and two USB inputs provide a modern and connected experience.

There are smaller savings available on the FR Sport model, which adds sports suspension for a sharper feeling behind the wheel, but we've decided to grab the biggest bargain here for maximum value. 


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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