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Web_icon_01Once you’ve decided that it’s a shiny brand new ‘64’ plate car that you want to see sitting on your driveway come 1st September, you’ve got to make the most of the money you’ve got available, and shave everything you possibly can off the price tag. Haggling over what you’re going to pay for your new motor is like a game of cat and mouse, but follow our advice, and you’ll soon have the salesman eating out of your hand.

Regular readers will remember that we examined the top ten best-selling diesel cars last year, to see what kind of discount you can expect on the most popular cars on the market, and the results were quite staggering, with our researchers bagging up to £7,918 off the cross section of vehicles we examined. This year, we’ve looked at the top ten best sellers list again, and surprisingly, the same ten models still remain the most popular here in the UK, albeit with some shuffling to this year’s placings. Again we have looked at the best-selling version in each respective line-up, and researched the absolute keenest price we could achieve. The prices quoted have all been provided by new car brokers, who act as middlemen, matching customers with cars. The brokers will have a suite of new car dealers on hand, either keen to shift unwanted stock, or that want to sell cars to buyers that wouldn’t otherwise normally walk through their showroom door. But beware, as there are some strings attached to gain these knockdown prices, with most brokers refusing to take your old car in part exchange, and there’s normally an obligation to take the manufacturer’s finance scheme, too, as the kickback the dealer receives from the finance company will already be accounted for in the price that is quoted by the broker. Say you’re going to pay cash, and watch the cost rise.

But even if you have an old car you need to get rid of, all is not lost, as you can still use these keen figures as a bargaining chip with your local dealer, who will take your part exchange off your hands. Print off the figures quoted on the website, and take them with you when you begin negotiations with the sales staff. Don’t be put off by the sharp intake of breath and scratching of the head, as it’s all a sales ploy, and expect them to trundle off to see the manager, while they cook up all of the reasons why they can’t match the price. Be blunt, make them aware that you’re ready to buy, and make it clear that if they can’t match the deal, then they’ll lose a sale and you’ll buy from the broker. Any dealer worth their salt will try their level best to keep you in the showroom, and while they may not be able to match the deal to the penny, any small difference can be offset by the convenience of buying local, and the fact that you won’t have to travel half way across the country to pick your car up from the dealer that the new car broker has matched you up with. Once it’s clear that the dealer has gone as low as possible on the price, next it’s time to get them to throw in some freebies. A full tank of diesel, a set of car mats, or a free service or two, won’t actually cost the dealer very much to provide, but all adds value to the deal for you. Don’t let yourself be talked into taking out tyre insurance, paint protection or gap insurance, unless they are being thrown in for free, as all of these products are cheaper to buy after you’ve got your car, from third party firms. The dealer will be keen for you to buy from them, because they get a kickback from the respective insurance company, which means a small commission to the salesman, and greater profitability for the dealer.

Buying a new car can be a stressful process, if you let it, but by doing your research before you walk through the showroom door, you’ll always have the upper hand.

10 – Audi A3

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL Sportback SE 1.6 TDI Sportback Sport 2.0 TDI
LIST PRICE £21,150 £23,725
BEST PRICE £19,100 £21,534
SAVING -£2,050 -£2,191
DISCOUNT 9% 9%
FROM www.orangewheels.co.uk www.carfile.net
  • Down 1 place compared to last year
  • Change to most popular model

9 – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL C 220 BlueTec AMG Line C 220 CDI Executive SE
LIST PRICE £32,855 £28,660
BEST PRICE £28,876 £23,954
SAVING -£3,979 -£4,706
DISCOUNT 12% 16%
FROM www.drivethedeal.co.uk www.broadspeed.com
  • Down 2 places compared to last year
  • New generation model
  • Smaller discount this year

8 – Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL E 220 CDI SE E 220 CDI SE
LIST PRICE £32,750 £32,400
BEST PRICE £26,024 £26,475
SAVING -£6,726 -£5,925
DISCOUNT 20% 18%
FROM www.drivethedeal.co.uk www.ukcarbroker.co.uk
  • Same position as last year
  • Cheaper to buy this year
  • Bigger discount

7 – Vauxhall Insignia

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL SRi 2.0 CDTi 16v 5-door SRi 2.0 CDTi 16v 5-door
LIST PRICE £21,494 £24,545
BEST PRICE £16,743 £16,756
SAVING -£4,751 -£7,789
DISCOUNT 22% 31%
FROM www.uk-car-discount.co.uk www.broker4cars.co.uk
  • Up 3 places compared to last year
  • Cheaper to buy this year

6 – Nissan Qashqai

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL Acenta Premium 1.5 dCi 360 1.5 dCi
LIST PRICE £23,180 £22,090
BEST PRICE £19,074 £16,941
SAVING -£4,106 -£5,149
DISCOUNT 17% 23%
FROM www.coast2coastcars.co.uk www.drivethedeal.co.uk
  • Down 1 place compared to last year
  • New generation model
  • More expensive this year

5 – BMW 1 Series

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door
LIST PRICE £21,360 £21,095
BEST PRICE £19,097 £18,691
SAVING -£2,263 -£2,404
DISCOUNT 10% 11%
FROM www.coast2coastcars.co.uk www.broadspeed.com
  • Up 1 place compared to last year
  • More expensive this year
  • Smaller discount

4 – Vauxhall Astra

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL Elite 2.0 CDTi 16v ecoFLEX SRi 2.0 CDTi 16v ecoFLEX
LIST PRICE £24,260 £22,725
BEST PRICE £16,400 £14,807
SAVING -£7,860 -£7,918
DISCOUNT 32% 34%
FROM www.buyacar.co.uk www.buyanewcaronline.co.uk
  • Same position as last year
  • Change to most popular model

3 – BMW 3 Series

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL 320d M Sport 320d EfficientDynamics
LIST PRICE £31,775 £28,410
BEST PRICE £25,341 £24,836
SAVING -£6,434 -£3,574
DISCOUNT 20% 12%
FROM www.drivethedeal.co.uk www.buyacar.co.uk
  • Same position as last year
  • Change to most popular model
  • Bigger discount

2 – Ford Focus

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL Zetec 1.6 TDCi 5-door Zetec 1.6 TDCi 5-door
LIST PRICE £18,995 £18,895
BEST PRICE £13,340 £13,377
SAVING -£5,655 -£5,518
DISCOUNT 29% 29%
FROM www.drivethedeal.co.uk www.drivethedeal.co.uk
  • Same position as last year
  • Cheaper to buy this year
  • Larger saving this year

1 – Volkswagen Golf

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This Year Last Year
BEST SELLING DIESEL MODEL SE 1.6 TDI 5-door SE 1.6 TDI 5-door
LIST PRICE £20,535 £20,710
BEST PRICE £17,951 £18,309
SAVING -£2,584 -£2,401
DISCOUNT 12% 11%
FROM www.drivethedeal.co.uk www.drivethedeal.co.uk
  • Same position as last year
  • Cheaper to buy this year
  • Bigger discount

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