Best pre-registered car deals 2021

Get fast delivery, save money, and even cut the cost of tax with a pre-registered car; these are practically new, but at much lower prices

Simon Ostler
Jun 30, 2021

Pre-registered cars are some of the best value models on the market. They combine the factory-fresh feel (and smell) of a new car with the lower price of a used vehicle. In many ways they truly are the best of both worlds.

We always have a great selection of deals like this available on BuyaCar, with some offers slicing as much as £8,000 off of the price of a well-equipped family car such as the Nissan X-Trail or Mercedes A-Class. 

Unlike a brand-new model, there's no lengthy wait for a pre-registered car to be built; these are ready for immediate delivery, with just a handful of miles on the clock. While these pre-registered vehicles won't have been sold to a customer before, they will normally have been registered to a dealership, so they'll already have their number plate and technically you'll count as the second owner - this is why you can get a big saving; you're not technically the first owner.

Dealers normally pre-register cars to hit sales targets and the practice is so common that there's often plenty of engine, colour and specification choice. We have hundreds of excellent pre-registered deals for you here on BuyaCar, so read on to find out more, and find even more top deals by clicking on the links below.

Best pre-registered car deals

We have a wide range of deals for you to explore, ranging from cheap small cars, through practical family cars and into the more exotic and sporty end of the spectrum.

Whatever you're looking for, we're confident there should be an offer here to help you save money on a (virtually) brand new set of wheels. Keep reading for our selection of the best offers.

List prices correct as of January 2021

Pre-registered Fiat 500 deals

Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge list price: £15,530
BuyaCar price from: £11,995
Monthly finance from: £192*

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 style and chic looks that haven'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 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 Nissan X-Trail deals

Nissan X-Trail dCi 150 N-Connecta 4WD list price: £32,535
BuyaCar price Limited stock

Nissan's largest SUV brings potential for seven seats in a shell not that much larger than the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai. It's 246mm longer, 14mm wider and 120mm taller than the Qashqai, but still smaller than a BMW X3 which is only available with seating for five.

This does mean that boot space with all seven seats up is only 135 litres, so the X-Trail works best if you only want to carry lots of luggage or lots of people at any one time - never both at the same time. Fold the seats down, though, and you'll open up 1,996 litres of room, which is more than some larger SUVs. So the practicality is there if you need it.

Although the 1.7-litre diesel engine is neither powerful nor particularly economical - you'll be looking at around 40mpg in real world conditions - you do get good levels of equipment with N-Connecta models including cruise control, a height adjustable driver's seat and a powered hands-free tailgate.

The X-Trail is cheaper than rivals like the Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport to begin with, and pre-registered deals offer a handy saving on these.


Pre-registered Mercedes A-Class deals

Mercedes-Benz A180d Sport Auto list price: £26,180
BuyaCar price Limited stock

The latest Mercedes A-Class features a modern and minimalist dual-screen digital dashboard display. Its high-tech design is more than skin deep too; every A-Class is fitted with Mercedes' latest 'MBUX' media software, which works to personalise your car according to your usage patterns and preferences.

It can predict the radio station you want to listen to at different times of the day and learn how you speak, with an effective voice control function that should become more accurate over time and lets you programme the sat-nav, for instance, with just simple voice instructions.

Sport models offer a good balance of value and technology. They include 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control and powerful LED headlights, while the Executive pack increases the size of the central dashboard media screen and adds heated front seats for a little extra cost.

With a high level of equipment and nearly-new discounts of more than £4,000, it's a compelling alternative to the Ford Focus which comes in at a similar price.


Pre-registered Audi A5 Coupe deals

Audi A5 Coupe 35 TDI Edition 1 S tronic list price: £45,085
BuyaCar price Limited stock

If you're looking for an upmarket and sophisticated sports car with sharp coupe looks but with a great deal of attention paid to comfort and elegance, then the Audi A5 Coupe will be right up your street. While the A5 Coupe looks fast and aggressive with its curved bonnet and low, sloping roofline, the feeling from the inside is one of serenity and comfort.

There isn't a whole lot of extreme performance to speak of here; the 2.0-litre diesel engine puts out 163hp with a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds, so if you're looking for something with a striking turn of speed you might want to look elsewhere - but if you are completely sold by the A5's looks, the full-fat S5 high-performance version is a desirable option for those after speed.

What does play into the hands of the A5 however is the mouth-watering savings on offer for pre-registered Edition 1 models. As much as £11,000 can be struck from the price of a brand new model, bringing this car into the same price range as a family hatchback or crossover. The fact Edition 1 models come with lumbar supporting, heated sports seats in the front along with plenty of Audi's top-end bells and whistles, makes this a deal not to be missed.


*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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