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Value car brand in Black Friday protest

Dacia Pop-Up closedBlack Friday bargain-hunters shopping at Westfield Stratford will not be able to buy a new Dacia car today – because the value brand has shut up shop for 24 hours, in protest at rivals’ one-day savings.

The marketing gimmick is intended to highlight the firm’s year-round value – and win favour from the two in three people it surveyed who said Black Friday is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.  

Louise O’Sullivan, head of Dacia UK, said: “At Dacia, we offer great value every day and not just on one day a year.

“We hope that closing our Westfield Stratford pop-up on the day synonymous with ‘bargains’ will show UK shoppers that, at Dacia, Black Friday is just another Friday – exceptional value should be every day.”

Dacia cars are still the most affordable new vehicles in the UK, adds the firm. The Sandero range costs from £5,995, while the Duster SUV is Britain’s cheapest mid-size crossover – costing from £9,495.

Dacia Pop-Up closed

So, Dacia is keen to stress, Black Friday is just another day. Luckily, if you are desperate to buy a new car at Westfield Stratford, the new pop-up store reopens early on Saturday morning…

Don’t go there expecting to find any sort of special offer sales deals, though, adds Dacia. Seventy three percent of people said they were suspicions of firms that offer continual sales offers, so it won’t be going down that route.

You could argue this is exactly the sort of gimmick Dacia insists it’s protesting against. Nonetheless, we still like the idea of someone shutting up shop for the day on Black Friday. And there’s still the firm’s website, if you’re super keen…

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Black Friday car deals

The best Black Friday car deals

Black Friday car dealsLove it or hate it, Black Friday is here to stay. If you’re prepared to brave getting punched by a customer in a supermarket, as folk tussle over a half-price television, there are some great deals to be had. But Black Friday is more than just household appliances and early Christmas presents. Here are some Black Friday deals we found on the web.

Alfa Romeo, Thames Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Thames Motor Group is offering what it calls “incredible savings on delivery mileage Alfa Romeo cars this Black Friday weekend” in its ‘Cost Price Plus £1 Sale Event’. This includes a £17,504 discount on the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, which brings the price down to just under £45,000. The discounts are available from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Alfa Romeo, Swansway

Not to be outdone, Swansway is offering Black Friday discounts at Chester Alfa Romeo. Deals include free metallic paint and £1,000 off any new Alfa Romeo. Purchase a used car between 24 and 27 November and you’ll also receive a free service.

Click here for details of the offer.

Audi, ListersBlack Friday car deals

The Listers Group operates Audi dealers in Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford and Worcester, and this weekend it’s offering an extra £500 off all published prices. Deals include £11,125 off the price of a new A6, £18,910 off an A7 and £10,930 off an A5. The Black November Event is available until the end of the month.

Click here for details of the offer.

BMW, Bowker Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Bowker Motor Group is offering 0% finance on all BMW 1 Series models until the end of November, with the five-door 118i Sport available from £259 per month. Even more tempting is the M140i for just £359 per month.

Click here for details of the offer.

CitroenBlack Friday car deals

Citroen isn’t giving much away on its website, but is inviting customers to contact their local dealer to find the best Black November deals. The new C3 is available from £159 per month on a personal lease. The Black November offers are available until 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Fiat, Thames Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Thames Motor Group is offering delivery mileage cars at cost price plus £1 in its Black Friday event. For example, the Fiat 500C 60th Anniversary is available for £15,896, which represents a discount of £3,489. The event runs from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Ford, Evans HalshawBlack Friday car deals

Up to £10,360 discount is available at all Evans Halshaw Ford dealers in the Black Friday event. The maximum discount applies to the Ford Transit, but the best car deals include £5,539 off the price of an Edge and £5,277 off a C-Max. Offers valid from 24 to 30 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Jaguar, Lloyd Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Lloyd Motor Group operates Jaguar dealers in Carlisle and Kelso, where you can find some incredible Black Friday deals this weekend. Up to £12,088 is available off the price of an XJ, or £6,400 off an XF Sportbrake when buying on PCP. With every new vehicle purchased, customers will be given a £100 voucher to spend on ‘lifestyle’ items. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Jaguar, Matford

It’s a similar story at the Jaguar dealer in Exeter, with some meaty deposit contributions available to customers buying on finance. The amounts vary, but include up to £6,500 off the price of an F-Type and a £3,500 discount on an F-Pace. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Land RoverBlack Friday car deals

Land Rover is offering up to £6,500 deposit contributions as part of its Black Friday event. The maximum discount is available on a Range Rover, but you’ll also get £4,500 off the price of a Range Rover Sport, £5,000 off an Evoque, £4,500 off a Discovery Sport, £2,000 off a Velar and £1,500 off a new Discovery. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Land Rover, Pentland

Land Rover’s Black Friday discounts are a manufacturer-led initiative, so it’s no surprise to find the discounts advertised on dealer websites. It’s worth pointing out that you’ll also get 20% off Land Rover accessories, and a £100 lifestyle collection voucher when you buy a new car.

Click here for details of the offer.

Kia, Evans HalshawBlack Friday car deals

Evans Halshaw is offering up to £1,969 off the price of a new Kia, along with a chance to win a PlayStation 4 in a prize draw. There are no specific details yet, but there will be discounts available on the new Stonic and the popular Sportage.The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Lexus, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

The Sytner Group is advertising a £500 finance deposit allowance on pre-registered and ex-demonstrator vehicles, up to £4,000 hybrid finance deposit allowance, and finance rates from just 1.9% APR. These deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Mazda, FurrowsBlack Friday car deals

Furrows of Shrewsbury is offering up to £2,559 off the price of a new Mazda. The maximum discount applies to the CX-5 Sport Nav, but savings are also available on the 2, 3, 6, CX-3 and MX-5. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Mercedes-Benz, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

Head to the Sytner website and you can download a £500 voucher to put towards the cost of a new Mercedes-Benz. But that’s not all, because customers are invited to take a look at the windscreens of the cars available in the Black Friday event. Multiply the voucher by the number shown and you could save up to £10,000. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Mitsubishi, Birchwood GroupBlack Friday car deals

Take a test drive in an Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Sussex-based Birchwood Mitsubishi between 24 and 27 November, and you’ll get an extra £1,000 off the price. This is on top of Mitsubishi’s £2,750 deposit contribution and the £2,500 government plug-in car grant. Birchwood will also throw in a free service plan worth £525.

Click here for details of the offer.

PeugeotBlack Friday car deals

Peugeot isn’t giving much away, but is promising an “exciting new offer” at its Black Friday event. The offer applies to the 108 city car, which is all we can tell you at the moment.

Click here for details of the offer.

Skoda, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

The Sytner Group is the place to go if you’re looking to buy a new Skoda in North Wales. As part of the Black Friday event, you can get deposit contributions of between £1,250 and £3,750 towards the cost of a Citigo, Fabia, Octavia and Superb. Sytner is also offering a £750 deposit contribution on selected 17-plate models and a £300 Black Friday Bonus when you trade in any Skoda, SEAT or Volkswagen. Offers end 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Skoda, Wings of Peterborough

Meanwhile, Wings of Peterborough claims to be “super excited” about the prospect of holding its first Black Friday event. Vouchers will be available to download from 24 to 27 November, offering “genuine savings which have never been offered before”. Exciting.

Click here for details of the offer.

Smart, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

Sytner’s Smart Black Friday event mirrors its Mercedes offer. Download a £500 voucher to put towards the cost of a new Smart, then multiply the voucher by the number shown on a windscreen and you could save up to £10,000. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Snows Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Snows Motor Group is offering Black Friday discounts on all its brands and at all its dealers across the south. These brands include Abarth, Lexus, Lotus, MINI and Volvo, so its worth registering on the Snows website.

Click here for details of the offer.

Suzuki, Littlewick GreenBlack Friday car deals

Littlewick Green of Maidenhead is offering “massive savings” across the weekend, with brand new Suzukis available at cost price. Selected cars are also available with zero deposit and 0% finance. Black Friday deals are available by pre-booked appointment only from 8am Friday 24 November to 4pm Sunday 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Vauxhall, PlatinumBlack Friday car deals

“Get that Vauxhall you’ve always wanted,” promises Platinum Vauxhall, but we couldn’t find a 1969 Viva GT or a ‘Droopsnoot’ Firenza on its website. On the plus side, new Vauxhalls are available for a “truly unmissable Black Friday price”, along with £500 spending money and 25% off accessories.

Click here for details of the offer.

Vauxhall, Peter Vardy

Peter Vardy is offering a £500 gift card with every brand new car purchased during its Black Friday event, with up to £3,000 towards a finance deal. The dealer group is also offering the gift card on used cars, along with nothing to pay until Easter 2018, up to £1,000 towards a finance deal, and a free holiday stay abroad. But no cuddly toy.

Click here for details of the offer.

Vauxhall, Go Vauxhall

‘Go Vauxhall’ might have been something your father shouted as he attempted to cold-start his Cavalier in the 1980s, but it’s also the name of a dealer. There are many Black Friday offers available, including £500 cashback, up to £3,000 towards a deposit and £1,000 minimum part-exchange.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, JohnsonsBlack Friday car deals

Had your fill of Black Friday deals? Don’t worry, we’re nearly done. West Midlands-based Johnsons Cars is offering up to £7,297 off the price of a new Volkswagen and a number of deals on the outgoing Polo.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, Lookers

It’s a similar story at Lookers, where you’ll find up to £7,000 off list price and up to £2,000 towards your finance deposit. Offers available 24 to 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, Robinsons Motor Group

The Robinsons Motor Group of Norfolk is offering £500 off the cost of a current or ex-demonstrator. The car must be purchased before 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Westover GroupBlack Friday car deals

All 16 franchises in the Westover Group will be offering Black Friday discounts, including the ‘Cost Price + £1’ deal, which is available on selected brands. Westover is also offering free paint on certain models.

Click here for details of the offer.

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Top 10 Black Friday car deals

Top 10 Black Friday car deals

Top 10 Black Friday car dealsLove it or hate it, it looks like Black Friday is here to stay. If you’re prepared to brave getting punched by a customer in a supermarket, as folk tussle over a half-price television, there are some great deals to be had. But Black Friday is more than just household appliances and early Christmas presents. We’ve assembled a list of 10 Black Friday car deals.

Renault: up to £2,500 off selected carsTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Renault is feeling extremely generous, offering up to £2,500 off selected vehicles until the 30th November. The maximum discount is available on the Renault Clio, but there’s a catch: the £2,500 offer excludes the all-new Clio, so you’ll have to ‘make do’ with the outgoing version.

Renault’s Black Friday Sales Event is also offering £1,950 off the Captur, £1,850 off the new Megane and a £1,550 discount on Kadjar models. The savings are available on existing stock only and cars must be ordered and registered before the end of November.

Infiniti: special offers and deposit contributionsTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Meanwhile, Infiniti is offering a number of special offers and deposit contributions across the range, but is remaining tight lipped about the details. The posh arm of Nissan is inviting interested parties to register on its website, saying “we will contact you as soon as we know what vehicles are coming and when they are arriving.”

As a ‘sneak preview’, Infiniti will offer a hefty £13,865 deposit contribution on the Q50 2.2d Sport MM Auto. This brings the price down from £38,880 to a German-crunching £24,995. Is this enough to tempt you out of a 3 Series, A4 or C-Class?

Jaguar: £3,600 deposit contribution on a new XFTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Jaguar has contacted people on its database to inform them that up to £3,600 is available towards the deposit on a new XF, with a 4.9% APR representative finance package. The promotion applies to new XF models ordered between 25th and 27th November and registered before 31st December 2016. Contact your local dealer for more details.

Jaguar is also offering an extra £1,000 saving on an XF R-Sport 180PS, fitted with a range of options, including Black Pack, rear camera, privacy glass, heated steering wheel and metallic paint. The aptly named Black Pack includes a host of gloss black cosmetic upgrades, including the radiator grille, tailgate finisher, ‘blades’ and side power vents.

Nissan: Black Tag EventTop 10 Black Friday car deals

The Nissan Black Tag Event kicks off on the 24th November and carries on until the 30th November. In short: an extra £750 deposit contribution is available on selected crossovers at 4.99% APR representative.

Take out a 36-month PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) at 4.99% on a Juke and the Black Tag total deposit contribution could be as much as £2,600. Opt for the X-Trail and it’s £3,250, while the contribution on the ever-popular Qashqai is £2,500. Other offers are available – check with your local Nissan dealer for details.

Ford: Black Friday Upgrade EventTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Ford is doing things differently, with discounts of up to £4,250 available across the range. It’s part of the Black Friday Upgrade Event, in which owners of vehicles aged four years or older are invited to part exchange their car for a new Ford.

You can receive up to £2,500 off a Fiesta, or up to £4,250 off a Focus or Kuga. Certain models and trim levels are excluded – so put aside thoughts of a chunky discount on a Focus RS or Mustang – but the offer does apply to the Fiesta ST and Fiesta ST200. Reasons to be cheerful…

Jeep: free paint on RenegadeTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Jeep is inviting customers to “forget Black Friday”, as it rolls out a free paint offer on the Renegade. As deals go, it’s not the most generous on the list – think Scrooge levels of goodwill – but the Special Pastel Paint is worth £600.

On the plus side, Jeep will offer a £1,500 deposit contribution on a 0% APR representative PCP deal. The free paint offer is available on all Renegades ordered by the 30th November and registered by the 31st December 2016.

Vauxhall: Scrappage offerTop 10 Black Friday car deals

This one is likely to be controversial, with Vauxhall offering a £2,000 scrappage discount when you buy a new car and scrap your old one at participating dealers. To qualify for the discount, the trade-in car must have been registered in your name for at least 90 days and the registration document must be in your name and address.

The offer is for vehicles ordered by the 18th December and registered by 31st December 2016. Our advice would be to check that your car isn’t worth more than £2,000 on the open market. Far too many decent cars were scrapped during the government’s scrappage scheme and we’d hate to see rare and interesting cars taken off the road.

Fiat: Swappage dealTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Fiat is taking a different approach, with a so-called ‘Big Swappage Deal’. Trade in any car and Fiat will offer up to £2,500 towards any Fiat on top of the value of your car. Great if your car is only worth a few hundred quid on the open market.

It’s worth reading the small print, because the maximum discount is only available on the Fiat 500X (pictured). Opt for the Tipo and the swappage allowance is just £500, although the Panda is available with a £1,900 allowance. The promotion runs until the end of 2016.

BMW: complimentary Service InclusiveTop 10 Black Friday car deals

BMW is offering complimentary Service Inclusive packages on ‘immediate delivery’ BMW models purchased before the end of the 28th November 2016.

Service Inclusive lasts for five years or 50,000 miles (whichever occurs first) and covers your vehicle’s servicing requirements for that period. The offer is available at participating dealers only and excludes M and i models.

Subaru Forester in Hunter GreenTop 10 Black Friday car deals

Green is the new black, with Subaru introducing the new special edition Forester in Hunter Green. Available on petrol and diesel models, the Hunter Green special edition comes loaded with £1,500 of additional equipment at no extra cost.

The Forester Hunter Green is packing metallic paint, under guards, wheel arch extensions, stainless steel cargo step panel, brown leather seats, plus matching leather trim throughout the cabin.

RAC Black Friday

Breakdown risk for online Black Friday deliveries

RAC Black FridayUK fleets are panicking delivery van breakdowns could mean Black Friday buyers have to wait for their Christmas bargains, new research from RAC Truck Rescue has revealed.

It has discovered almost a third of British businesses running fleets struggle to cope with reliability issues – and the sudden spike from Britain’s growing enthusiasm for Black Friday sales will put added pressure on distribution and haulage networks.

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“Consumers expect prompt and reliable delivery of the items they have bought online and fleet operators will be preparing for the extra pressure that comes at this time of year,” said head of RAC Truck Rescue Matt Dallaway.

The RAC is warning a sharp drop in temperatures coinciding with Black Friday this year further heighten the risk of breakdowns: last year, RAC Truck Rescue attended more than 100,000 breakdowns, with 10,000 happening in November and December.

No wonder almost half of businesses surveyed by the RAC reckon the cost of maintenance and repairs is a major issue second only to the price of fuel.

Also compounding the risk of Black Friday delivery delays is a shortage of drivers – the Road Haulage Association believes almost 50,000 extra drivers are needed to cope with the ever-increasing demand of online sales.

Black Friday sales are this year expected to pass the £1 billion mark for the first time, and most of them will come from online sales.

Dreading Black Friday? Have your shopping delivered to your car

Dreading Black Friday? Have your shopping delivered to your car

Dreading Black Friday? Have your shopping delivered to your car

Volvo has teamed up with a number of Swedish companies to deliver Christmas toys, gifts, food and drinks to its cars.

The manufacturer says its in-car delivery will eradicate the more unpleasant aspects of Christmas shopping, such as battling busy city centres and missing important deliveries.

The service uses a digital key, which is used to gain one-time access to your Volvo. Owners simply order the goods online, receive a notification that the goods have been delivered and then just drive home with them.

Volvo’s senior vice president for marketing, sales and service, Björn Annwall, said: “Christmas is fun – but let’s be honest, it is also a busy time for most families. This service simply makes shopping easier.

“Volvo In-car Delivery provides concrete proof that connected car technologies can be used to save people time and make their lives easier.”

Although currently only available in Sweden, Volvo says its in-car delivery service will be trialled elsewhere in Europe in the future.

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