Buying a new car is one of the most exciting purchases that you can make, however navigating the various offers such as pre-reg and other promotions available on the market can be a daunting experience. Naturally, it goes without saying that you want to find the best deals available and always want to find your ideal car at a bargain price. One of the best ways to get the car that you really want yet ensure that you are getting a fantastic deal is to look at pre-registered (pre-reg) or ex-demo cars.
What are the benefits of buying a pre-reg car?
Pre-registered (sometimes referred to as pre-reg) are effectively brand new cars that are sold with big discounts because they already have one previous owner – the car dealership. Although these cars have been registered before, meaning you, the customer, will become the second owner on the V5C registration document, they will usually only have delivery mileage (up to around 200 miles) on the clock. Pre-reg cars shouldn’t have any signs of wear and tear, either inside or out, and should resemble a brand new car – albeit less the expensive price tag!
What is the difference between pre-reg and ex-demo cars?
Ex-demo cars are similar to pre-registered cars, but may have a higher mileage as they will have been used for customers to test drive before ordering a new car. Because of the higher use that ex-demo cars will have had compared to pre-reg cars, the savings will be even greater. Demonstrator vehicles often have lots of equipment fitted to show off the new car model to its full potential to prospective customers. This means you can get a really well equipped vehicle with limited miles on the clock at a fraction of the new car price equivalent.
Warranties and resale values of nearly new cars
Warranties on new cars begin the moment they are first registered, so it is important to check the first registration date. Buying your car from a reputable and well established dealer such as T W White & Sons gives you additional piece of mind and should you have any problems with your car after purchase you are more likely to get a quick resolution.
If you buy your nearly new car directly from the dealership it was first registered at, they may be able to provide you with a document to say that you are the true first “owner” of the car – which should not affect its residual value by being valued as a 2 owner car when you go to sell it.
Should I buy a nearly-new car?
Buying a pre-registered or ex demo car can save you thousands of pounds compared to buying the same car brand new. If you are more interested in getting a real bargain rather than being the first registered owner on the paperwork, buying a nearly new car could be for you.
However, like all car purchases, you need to be careful where you buy your nearly new car from. Some nearly-new cars advertised online are sold through brokers and not through the car dealership directly. These cars may have come from outside the UK and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels. Buying your car from a fully franchised dealer, such as T W White & Sons ensures that you drive away in a real bargain, without compromising on the cars warranty or your post sale customer care.
T. W. White & Sons has a wide range of pre-reg and ex-demo vehicles for Mazda and Suzuki on sale now, as well as a selection of Hyundai ex-demo and pre-reg vehicles. Check out the full range at https://www.twwhiteandsons.co.uk/used-cars/?COGNotes=[LIKE]Ex Demo. For our Mazda pre-reg vehicles, contact either our Bookham or Orpington sales teams. For Suzuki, get in touch with our sales team in Effingham, Surrey.. And for Hyundai, contact our Weybridge sales team.
*Article updated 01/11/2016. Originally posted 06/11/2015.