Found 13th Jul 2009
I want to buy a used car from a local garage but don't know how to get the best deal out of them. I have my car as a part exchange - worth about £500 - and £1,000 in cash. I will get a loan out for the rest of the money needed If the car I'm looking at has a sticker in the window for £3,700, how do I start to haggle with them and what kind of discount could I expect? I would be gutted to pay full price and then find out it's standard practice to get a discount.

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just try it and dont be afraid to walk away, even if you cant get much cash off you can haggle for tax, car mats etc.....

last car i bought from a garage i haggled for £300 off,12 months tax, car mats and a sunroof to be fitted!!! :thumbsup:

oh and if your car is worth £500 then they will offer you a lot less.........

have you done your homework on current car prices by looking at autotrader/ebay etc so you have a clear idea what cars are being sold for currently?
Always start low and be ready to walk away to 'think about it'... you can always go back... don't feel pressured on the day to buy, there is always tomorrow!

First off use [url]www.parkers.co.uk[/url] to check the going rate for that car

iv never had much look with haggling over the forecourt price but i always get loads of extras thrown in , cd player, some nice mats etc.. also if iv seen something iv not liked on the car such as maybe a tiny dent iv insisted they get it out which they will

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Sounds like you got a good deal. Do you mind me asking how much you paid for the car to get £300 off?

TheIslander;5733895

Sounds like you got a good deal. Do you mind me asking how much you paid … Sounds like you got a good deal. Do you mind me asking how much you paid for the car to get £300 off?



hi, it was a while ago but i think it was up for £3300 ;-)

shauneames;5733887

First off use [url]www.parkers.co.uk[/url] to check the going rate for … First off use [url]www.parkers.co.uk[/url] to check the going rate for that car



no good for me lol, my cars too old anyone klnow where else i can get a free valuation my cars a 99 reg

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Charlie Scene;5733914

hi, it was a while ago but i think it was up for £3300 ;-)



Oooo similar to me then. That's handy to know. Thanks for your help :thumbsup:

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kassy2005;5733891

iv never had much look with haggling over the forecourt price but i … iv never had much look with haggling over the forecourt price but i always get loads of extras thrown in , cd player, some nice mats etc.. also if iv seen something iv not liked on the car such as maybe a tiny dent iv insisted they get it out which they will



Hubby is insisting on a good stereo and I hadn't thought about them correcting anything that's wrong so thanks for the tip :thumbsup:

TheIslander;5733929

Oooo similar to me then. That's handy to know. Thanks for your help … Oooo similar to me then. That's handy to know. Thanks for your help :thumbsup:



if its one of the cheaper cars on the forecourt then they will be glad to get rid,
they can get a more expensive one on then.............therefore more chance of a deal

TheIslander;5733936

Hubby is insisting on a good stereo and I hadn't thought about them … Hubby is insisting on a good stereo and I hadn't thought about them correcting anything that's wrong so thanks for the tip :thumbsup:



they should put right any faults as standard but make sure you mention and point them out......

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Charlie Scene;5733946

if its one of the cheaper cars on the forecourt then they will be glad to … if its one of the cheaper cars on the forecourt then they will be glad to get rid,they can get a more expensive one on then.............therefore more chance of a deal



I knew I didn't have a clue. I thought that the more it cost the more chance of a deal as they would be getting more money out of me. One day I might be in the dearer catagory but for now, it's the cheapies for me :whistling:

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059;5733966

Try this for both your car and the one you want to … Try this for both your car and the one you want to buy.http://www.wisebuyers.co.uk/motoring/used-car-prices/



thanks - haven't heard of this site before. I'll check them out shortly :thumbsup:

Just checked my car and it's valued at £490 part exchange. I was only £10 out so maybe I'm not as rubbish as I thought I was!!!!

How to haggle?.... With a smile on your face, be polite and friendly but be prepared to walk if needs be, dont get emotional about it. I knew someone who got emotional over a ford focus, FFS there is no shortage of them. There is a school of thought that you should screw the sales guy down to the last penny, but IMHO both parties should come away happy from any deal.

ask them for a price for your new car without any trade in, you might find they will knock off nearly £500, you can then sell your car privately.
Also dont forget the Government scrappage scheme i it's £2000, if you can find a new car between £6-8000.

TheIslander;5733982

thanks - haven't heard of this site before. I'll check them out shortly … thanks - haven't heard of this site before. I'll check them out shortly :thumbsup:Just checked my car and it's valued at £490 part exchange. I was only £10 out so maybe I'm not as rubbish as I thought I was!!!!



Just a point, the 1st suggested site valued my car at £2,100...It really isnt worth that much, would be suprised to get 1,500 for it....the 2nd site (that you used) didnt even have my car on file (peugeot 206 53 plate, as it only goes upto 2000 models) Just meaning dont go into the dealership thinking you know all to lose a half decent offer....Might be a good idea to maybe drive round a few dealers pretend your interested in similar cars and see what other people offer you part ex. Then you have the ammo to say "oh well XXXX cars Ltd down the road offered me this for it" etc. Good luck!

You should be able to get as much as 10% discount if you really show them that you genuinely want the car.Don't be affraid to stand your ground and tell them what you are prepared to pay for it.If you walk away and I am sure they will call you back and offer you something as these days nobody can afford to turn customers down.
Good luck

a 99 reg?!?!? - What about using the car scrappage scheme?

collect 2 grand off a new car if you fancy that?

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The Fox;5734380

ask them for a price for your new car without any trade in, you might … ask them for a price for your new car without any trade in, you might find they will knock off nearly £500, you can then sell your car privately.Also dont forget the Government scrappage scheme i it's £2000, if you can find a new car between £6-8000.



hippyharry;5734852

a 99 reg?!?!? - What about using the car scrappage scheme?collect 2 grand … a 99 reg?!?!? - What about using the car scrappage scheme?collect 2 grand off a new car if you fancy that?



I did look at the scrappage deal but can't unfortunately can't afford a new car - even the cheapest ones! :thinking: Thanks anyway.

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Quick update - Bought a car!

Windscreen price was £3,695. Part exchanged my old car (worth no more than £500) and got the new at £2,895 with 6 months tax, steering alignment to be re checked, touching up marks of car exterior and hub caps. Don't think that was too bad was it?????
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