Ever con­sid­ered buy­ing a rental car?

The Argus - - MOTORS -

THIS time of year thou­sands of cars that have been out there fer­ry­ing vis­i­tors and tourists all over the coun­try come to deal­ers and go on sale.

They are called nearly-new or ‘ newsed’ and are put on the mar­ket at prices well be­low what a new ver­sion would cost. • You are get­ting a car with small enough mileage (in many cases the en­gines are only ‘run in’) for thou­sands less than new. • They have been reg­u­larly checked and cared for - there is no profit in break­downs. • They are usu­ally reg­is­tered around March/April and so are re­ally only six months old. • Wear and tear used to be an is­sue; not nearly so much any more as cars are more durable, roads are vastly im­proved and ve­hi­cles are mon­i­tored more closely. • They can have 18 to 30 months war­ranty

re­main­ing in most cases. • With some mar­ques the war­ranty could

be 4.5 years or even 6.5 years. • Prices are pitched keenly to tempt you to

buy one of these rather than a more tra-

di­tional sec­ond-hand at this time of year. • The pric­ing is also de­signed to per­suade you to buy nearly-new now rather than wait un­til Jan­uary for a new one. Lots of peo­ple wait un­til this time of the year to buy one of these so there must be value in them.

One fi­nal point. Re­gard­less of how the fig­ures tum­ble, be sure to fac­tor in your deal­er­ship. A good one is worth a lot. So don’t let a few hun­dred euro put you off a deal if that side of the equa­tion is sound.

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