Gone are the days of your forever car. In today’s fast-paced world, manufacturers tussle with one another to catch your eye, get your attention and, hopefully, convince you their car is the one you need.
And such vigorous competition can serve up some exceptional money-saving deals, especially during the registration plate change months of March and September. So, as the latter is just around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the bargains you can get your hands on this month. We’ll start with a small city car.
You may remember the Vauxhall Viva of the early ‘60s to late ‘70s, but the new namesake is a bit different. With a 1.0-litre engine, it’s an economical dream, and it’s not short of amenities in the cockpit either.
All models come with cruise control, electric front windows and an MP3 port. You can also add extras, such as a touchscreen entertainment system and air conditioning.
are currently offering the Viva at £89 per month with an £89 customer deposit as part of their scrappage scheme. However, if you haven’t got a car to scrap, you can get your hands on a pre-registered model for £129 per month with a £595 deposit.
For something a little bigger, Seat’s offering to the small SUV market is the Arona. The SE Technology spec – the one above entry level – comes with a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine which produces 115 horsepower.
In it, there’s a load of goodies to make your journeys more comfortable, such as an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, sat nav, wireless phone charging and an emergency braking system that’ll help prevent low-speed bumps.
At £154 per month through carwow
, there aren’t many other offers this August that give you more bang for your buck.
One of the most popular SUVs on the road today, the Nissan Qashqai is an extremely desirable care. That’s why at just £191 per month through Lookers
, it’s a deal not to be missed.
With chunky alloy wheels, dual climate control, sat nav, a rear-view parking camera and DAB radio, you’ll be the envy of the motorway.
And with a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine, it’s economical, too.
If long-distance cruising is on the agenda, or you just fancy treating yourself, you can’t really go wrong with a German-made saloon.
The Audi A4 Black Edition from JCT600 certainly fits the bill, and with their personal contract hire plan, you can get your hands on one for just £279 a month.
That includes a 20,000-mile allowance over the two-year term, and the initial deposit of just over £2,500 is very reasonable for a car of this stature.
Do you research
So, there you have it. Four choices that cover almost every need on the road, and all for low prices, too.
As with any financial decision you make, though, make sure you do your research before purchasing. It’s important you know the ins and outs of how much the car is going to cost you and whether it’ll be fully suitable.
But most importantly, make sure you take the vehicle for a test drive before signing your name on the dotted line. Every dealership should be comfortable offering you a short ride out behind the wheel, and if they don’t, ask yourself why.
You need to be sure the feel of the car is right for you, as it’s likely going to be an important part of your life for the foreseeable future.