Best pre-registered car deals

Get fast delivery, save money, and even cut the cost of tax with a pre-registered car

BuyaCar team
Oct 8, 2018

Order a brand new car and you may well have to pay for the privilege of being its very first owner. You'll probably have to wait weeks - or even months - for it to be built too.

That's not the case with a pre-registered car. These offer many of the benefits of buying brand new but without the wait and at a cheaper price. Deals are especially good at the moment - such as the 29 per cent discount on a BMW 1 Series shown above - as manufacturers are looking to clear large numbers of cars, which were registered in August ahead of new emissions regulations.

Pre-registered vehicles haven't been sold to a customer before, but they will normally have been registered to a dealership. This means that you'll technically count as the second owner, even though most of these cars have just a handful of miles on the clock - just like brand new ones. Pre-registered cars already have their number plate. Those registered since September have the latest 68-plate.

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, giving you a good chance to find a car that's perfect for you.

Scroll down for some of the best deals available now, or click below for all current pre-registered deals. The prices have been taken from BuyaCar and include a finance deposit contribution (typically £300) which cash buyers should add to the price.

All pre-registered car deals


Pre-registered small car deals

Pre-registered Peugeot 208 deal

Save £4,936 on list price
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Typical example Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech 110 GT Line (2018, 10 miles)
Price £13,749 LIMITED AVAILABILITY - Check stock levels

A saving of almost £5,000 equates to more than a quarter off the list price of a well-specified and powerful GT Line model. The savings on pre-registered cars are so large that they haven't even been listed, as they are expected to go so fast. Click the button below to see if any remain in stock.

GT Line cars include sports seats, sat-nav, reversing camera, climate control and 17in alloy wheels.
Peugeot 208 buying guide


Pre-registered Vauxhall Corsa deal

Save £3,055 on list price
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Typical example Vauxhall Corsa Sting (2018, 25 miles) 
Price £7,995 
Monthly finance payments from £126

Vauxhall's Corsa Sting is already one of Britain's cheapest cars, even before you take a quarter off the list price. Pre-registered cars start at under £8,000, or a typical £129 per month on finance, which buys an insurance-friendly specification that should result in low premiums too.

For this price, certain features such as air conditioning, parking sensors and split rear seats are optional. The cheapest cars won't have them fitted but some pre-registered Corsa Sting models are available with this equipment for a slightly higher price.
Vauxhall Corsa buying guide


Pre-registered Audi A1 deal

Save £2,130 on list price
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Typical example Audi A1 Sportback Sport Nav 1.0 TFSI 95PS (2018, 10 miles)
Price £15,750 
Monthly finance payments from £234

If you're looking for the convenience and low running costs of a small car but also want a touch of luxury, then the Audi A1 fits the bill. The quality of interior materials, and their finish, is a step above many of its small car rivals, but this does normally come at a price, which looks especially steep given that the car doesn't have the latest technology and is about to be replaced.

Pre-registered car savings help to make the small Audi more affordable. The three-door Hatchback car in Sport trim costs less than £16,000 - a 12% saving on the list price. Among the equipment included with Sport trim is 16in alloy wheels, tight-gripping sports seats, cruise control and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly.
Read the Audi A1 buying guide


Pre-registered Volkswagen Polo deal

Save £2,520 on list price
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Typical example Volkswagen Polo SE 1.0 TSI 95 (2018, 15 miles)
Price £13,790 
Monthly finance payments
 from £197

You can pick from dozens of pre-registered Volkswagen Polos which are available for delivery now. All are versions of the latest model, which was launched this year, bringing a level of comfort and quality that matches the Audi A1 above, but at a lower price. Pre-registered savings make it even cheaper.

Many of the discounted Polos come with the least-powerful 1-litre engine with 65 horsepower (written as hp or PS). If your budget allows, you're probably better off with a 95hp car, which is faster and quieter when accelerating at speeds above 30mph. All cars come with air conditioning; SE trim adds alloy wheels, electrically adjustable mirrors, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy use of apps through the dashboard touchscreen and voice control.


Pre-registered crossover and SUV deals

Pre-registered Nissan Qashqai deal

Save £7,081 on list price
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Typical example Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta 1.5 dCi (2018, 10 miles)
Price £18,499 
Monthly finance payments
 from £272

You can save 28 per cent with a pre-registered diesel-powered Nissan Qashqai in generous N-Connecta specification (sat-nav, 360-degree camera and 18in alloy wheels are standard). For £500 more, you should be able to find one with a glass roof pack, which adds a panoramic sunroof.

The Qashqai has been Britain's best-selling crossover car for almost a decade; its tall design combined with the mechanical parts from a standard hatchback make it efficient, easy to drive and provide a high driving position. But increased competition from cars such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008 are pushing the prices of pre-registered cars down - particularly diesel models - which results in these enormous savings.
Nissan Qashqai buying guide


Pre-registered Seat Ateca deal

Save £5,025 on list price
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Typical example Seat Ateca Xcellence 2.0 TDI 150 4Drive (2018, 14 miles)
Price £24,470 
Monthly finance payments from £349

There's a 17 per cent discount on extremely high-specification Seat Ateca Xcellence models with the latest 68-registration number plate, bringing the price to below £25,000.

These cars include seats trimmed in leather or Alcantara, a heated windscreen, sat-nav, rear-view camera and 18in alloy wheels. Adaptive cruise control is also fitted to these models and helps to make longer journeys more relaxing by adjusting the car's speed automatically to maintain a safe distance from any car in front.
Seat Ateca buying guide


Pre-registered family car deals 

Pre-registered BMW 1 Series deal

Save £7,286 on list price
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Typical example BMW 116d Sport (2018, 5 miles)
Price £17,689 
Monthly finance payments from £249

The discounts on some pre-registered BMW 1 Series are now at almost at 30 per cent after a price cut brought the cost to below £250 per month on a typical finance quote.

It's an enormous saving for a popular and well-equipped model in mid-range Sport specification. The economical and powerful 116d diesel model is an excellent choice, providing punchy performance for a very reasonable price. This level of discount is unusual for a car as in-demand as the 1 Series, and may not be around for long.
BMW 1 Series buying guide


Pre-registered Ford Focus deal

Save £5,890 on list price
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Typical example Ford Focus Zetec Edition 1.0 EcoBoost 125 (2018, 20 miles)
Price £14,750 
Monthly finance payments from £221

An all-new version of the Ford Focus has just gone on sale, so it's no surprise that there are enormous savings to be made on the outgoing model. You can save 29 per cent on a pre-registered Focus in Zetec Edition trim, which includes sat-nav, parking sensors, 16in alloy wheels and a heated windscreen.

These cars have a small 1-litre EcoBoost engine that's turbocharged to produce 125 horsepower. It's easily enough power for a family car, enabling it to zip around, while returning reasonable fuel economy.
Ford Focus buying guide


Pre-registered sports car deals

Pre-registered BMW 4 Series deal

Save £10,360 on list price
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Typical example BMW 420i M Sport Auto (2018, 14 miles)
Price £26,980 
Monthly finance payments from £371

Ordinarily, it might be the BMW 4 Series' muscular looks that you notice first, thanks to its long bonnet, curved roof and short bottled.

But at the moment, it's more likely to be the immense savings available on this two-door coupe.

There's currently more than £10,000 off the list price of a petrol-powered automatic 420i in high-specification M Sport trim. That's a 28 per cent saving on a popular car, which is an excellent deal, even though it's expected to be replaced with a new version next year.
BMW 4 Series buying guide


Pre-registered Volkswagen Golf R deal

Save £6,130 on list price
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Typical example Volkswagen Golf R Estate (2018, 25 miles)
Price £29,995 
Monthly finance payments from £419

The Volkswagen Golf R is staggeringly quick, with ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 155mph.

You can use that power in everyday driving too, thanks to four wheel drive to boost grip when accelerating and technical trickery to keep it stuck to the tarmac in corners.

And with discounts on pre-registered cars of more than £6,000, you can have Volkswagen's fastest Golf for the price of a lesser-powered GTI, although it might not be quite what you were expecting ... That's because the biggest savings are available for estate versions of the Golf R, which is an unusual combination of dull, practical design and sensational performance.

If the recipe isn't for you, then there are pre-registered Golf R hatchbacks costing around £3,000 more than the estate.


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