Looking to save money on your next new car? According to figures revealed by AutoeBid, some dealers are willing to cut thousands from the price of a new car, offering discounts of up to 28%. AutoeBid claims these discounts are secured by having dealerships bid against each other in a kind of reverse auction. We’ve prepared a list of the top 10, with the discounts presented in reverse order.
10. Nissan Qashqai: typical discount 18%
It might be Britain’s most popular crossover, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for a discount. According to AutoeBid, you can expect to save £4,698 if buying a Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi in Tekna trim.
List price: £26,310
AutoeBid price: £21,612
Minimum saving: £4,698
AutoeBid claims the discounts mean buying new can be cheaper than purchasing a used car. For example, it argues that the average price of a used Nissan Qashqai is £21,520, making the £21,612 for a Qashqai in desirable Tekna trim look like exceptional value for money. New, prices start at £18,545.
9. Skoda Octavia: typical discount 18%
We’re big fans of the Skoda Octavia, which offers exceptional value for money and greater practicality than the Volkswagen Golf upon which it is based. So a potential discount of 18% and a saving of £3,700 is music to our ears. This is based on the Octavia 1.4 TSI 150 in SE trim.
List price: £20,740
AutoeBid price: £17,040
Minimum saving: £3,700
The Skoda Octavia is now available with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine, which replaces the old 1.2 TSI unit. Right now, Skoda is offering 0% finance and a £1,000 deposit contribution, plus £750 worth of free fuel. So you might not need that AutoeBid discount after all.
8. BMW 3 Series: typical discount 19%
The BMW 3 Series is the only premium car to feature on the AutoeBid list and its inclusion might surprise you. Rather than spend £41,015 on a 335d xDrive M Sport, AutoeBid could offer the same car for £33,134. That’s a 19% discount and a saving of £7,881.
List price: £41,015
AutoeBid price: £33,134
Minimum saving: £7,881
Chris Greener, managing director of AutoeBid, said: “Only small discounts are available for new models. When the new Volvo XC90 and Kia Sportage models emerged there was almost no discount available. Now they have been around for a few months, a discount of over 8% is possible.”
7. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso: typical discount 20%
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is arguably the best seven-seat MPV you can buy, but a healthy discount is always welcome. In Exclusive trim, which offers just about every bell and whistle you could hope for, AutoeBid can offer a saving just under £5,000.
List price: £24,250
AutoeBid price: £19,350
Minimum saving: £4,900
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has been treated to a mid-life refresh, with a subtle new look, new powertrain options and more equipment. The AutoeBid discount brings the price of an Exclusive model down to less than £20,000.
6. Fiat 500: typical discount 20%
It’s rather fitting that the smallest car in the top 10 is also the one with the smallest discount. That said, proportionally, the £3,038 off the price of a new Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Lounge represents a 20% discount off the list price.
List price: £14,100
AutoeBid price: £11,062
Minimum saving: £3,038
According to Chris Greener: “Cars which experience a large demand, like the new BMW M2, are a challenge to supply let alone achieve a discount for. The reasons some makers are happier to discount depends on factors such as production targets, competing models and ultimate position in the vehicle’s lifestyle.”
5. Vauxhall Zafira: typical discount 22%
A facelifted Vauxhall Zafira Tourer will go on sale in October, but AutoeBid claims discounts of 22% are available on the current model.
List price: £25,765
AutoeBid price: £19,881
Minimum saving: £5,884
But while securing a discount on a Zafira shouldn’t be a problem, AutoeBid has listed three cars for which no savings are available. These are: Jaguar F-Pace, Fiat 124 Spider and BMW M2. You’ll have to dig deep if you fancy driving away in one of these.
4. SEAT Leon: typical discount 22%
AutoeBid also warns it will be tricky to secure a discount on a new Ateca – SEAT’s all-new SUV. But fear not, because a chunky 22% is available on a SEAT Leon 1.8 TSI in FR trim.
List price: £21,565
AutoeBid price: £16,673
Minimum saving: £4,892
The SEAT Leon range starts at £18,230 for the S, rising to £20,525 for the FR. This model features 17-inch alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and sports suspension.
3. Ford Focus: typical discount 24%
Such is the popularity of the Ford Focus, it will come as no surprise to discover healthy discounts are available on the family hatchback. Indeed, AutoeBid claims you can save 24% on the price of a Focus 1.0 EcoBoost in desirable Titanium X Navigation trim.
List price: £22,645
AutoeBid price: £16,802
Minimum saving: £5,843
The Titanium X is the flagship of the Focus range, offering 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, park assist, LED rear lights, electric folding mirrors, heated seats, rear-view parking camera and partial leather-trimmed seats.
2. Hyundai i30: typical discount 26%
The Hyundai i30 might not be the Focus’ fiercest rival, but the AutoeBid discount is more appealing. You can order a Hyundai i30 in Premium trim for a smidgen over £15,000. Forget the Focus, that’s more like Fiesta money.
List price: £20,595
AutoeBid price: £15,084
Minimum saving: £5,511
The Hyundai also benefits from a generous five-year warranty, while the 1.6-litre petrol engine offers CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
1. Renault Grand Scenic: typical discount 28%
It will come as no surprise to discover the Renault Grand Scenic is available with the most attractive discount. Buy a Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav and AutoeBid claims you could save as much as 28% – the equivalent of £6,724.
List price: £23,185
AutoeBid price: £16,461
Minimum saving: £6,724
A new Renault Grand Scenic was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. All prices were correct at the end of June 2016. AutoeBid based the figures on a 65-plate car with 1,000 miles, sold at a franchised dealer. ‘Haggling’ said to be included to provide an accurate figure.