Buy used car in De­cem­ber: Ex­perts

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

idea of spend­ing more money in De­cem­ber might be par­tic­u­larly un­ap­peal­ing, but the CAP fig­ures show that it can of­fer some gen­uine sav­ings in the long term if it’s a car you’re after.

“The in­flu­ence of what we call ‘sea­son­al­ity’ may al­ready be fa­mil­iar to the more savvy of con­sumers. Some take ad­van­tage of it by pur­chas­ing their four-wheel-drive in the height of sum­mer and sell it again when oth­ers are con­tem­plat­ing how they’ll get through another snow-bound win­ter. Another trick is buy­ing a good old ‘rag-top’ when it’s cold and wet, rather than when de­mand shoots up with the ap­proach of spring.

“The trick is to go against the trend and buy when other peo­ple aren’t look­ing for the same thing – and that means De­cem­ber can be a bril­liant time to change your car. Our fig­ures show that the po­ten­tial sav­ings for mo­torists who bought last De­cem­ber in­stead of wait­ing un­til Jan­uary were sig­nif­i­cant.

Nothard said: “Th­ese sav­ings may not seem gi­gan­tic in com­par­i­son to the over­all cost of the car, but the clever car buyer knows that a few hun­dred pounds are not to be scoffed at.

“To il­lus­trate that, CAP’s ex­perts cal­cu­lated some light-hearted ways that con­sumers could splash out on Christ­mas with the R9000 sav­ings they found. Whether you want to wrap your house in 500 me­tres of fairy lights, deck the halls with more than 2000 baubles, or run away from it all on a Christ­mas Caribbean cruise, buy­ing a used car at the right time can cover the cost.

“So, in­stead of wait­ing un­til the New Year and feel­ing the pinch of a pricier car pur­chase, po­ten­tial car buy­ers could do well to act fast and look for­ward to a Christ­mas that com­bines the sat­is­fac­tion of a new car with the knowl­edge they’ve made a smart sav­ing.

“Do your re­search first. Would-be car­buy­ers can al­ways find out for them­selves what the lat­est car val­ues are by us­ing CAP’s free on­line val­u­a­tion tools at cap.co.uk.” — Wheels24

The trick is to go against the trend and buy when other peo­ple aren’t look­ing for the same thing

Don'T GEt DE­flAtED ovEr flAt tyrEs

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