My Astra is still serviceable though getting on and after looking around at cars I noticed a local garage down the road is doing one of those 0% 5 year finance deals on new Astra GTCs. Has anyone ever bought a car using these deals and did you have any hassle?
Bought an Audi on finance few months back. Shop around to get the best deal and always get the details in writing. Had a issue with my previous car where the sales guy offered extras but never had it in writing. I cancelled the finance when they wouldn't offer the deal.
Have you ever paid cash for one? - You get treated like a criminal nowadays, Investigated for money laundering and all sorts.
There is no such thing as a free lunch even 0% will have some limiting factors. They will want to earn near the 4.6% mark in other ways.
Will you own it outright after 5 years or is there a bubble to pay? This is where these deals can bite you.
According to Rob, your looking to pay £17.5k over 5 Years on this deal!!
Well, we just bought a brand new Fiesta 1.6 Titanium Auto with all the toys, DAB, BT, AC, Sync, MyKey, Boy Racer ST style Body Pack well over £17.5k list and came away with it discounted to £12.5k but on Ford Finance, as it was the only way they would sell it to us that cheap!
We then made one re-payment then cancelled the credit agreement (Ford Credit) and paid the balance off by debit card over the phone with no penalties.
So check the finance package (carefully) get the base price down to the minimum and see what the early settlement options are on Vauxhall Finance.
You may be able to do something similar with GMAC as the manufacturers own finance packages are more flexible as it all about shifting boxes where external finance is all about making money out of thin air.
You can settle the original finance package on the hugely discounted car with one from elsewhere such as Zopa if it fits.
Cash is still king, as long as you have some balls to take these dealers on especially at the end of the month when they have had a bad week!
I have done this type of thing on the last 3 cars we bought and as a result the average cost of motoring including the depreciation and repairs has averaged just £20 pw
I would secure Finance elsewhere first even if you don't actually intend to use it. Go in there all guns blazing and refuse to leave until they meet your demands.
It works honest!
I might even be able to off load the Fiesta next year at a profit!
Cheers for the responses, just been down the dealership and decided it is a bad idea anyway. For one there are used GTCs a year old at almost half the price of brand new. An 09 Hyundai Coupe that has been there a while has also caught my eye at 7 grand which got as far as a test drive so I don't think I'll be dropping money on a new car seeing that.
Back in the early 70s I bought one on finance and even though it wasn't a big heap of money then the payments seemed to take forever to end. Also the heap was depreciating in value every day.
Wifey recently took my 19 year old car shopping and came back full of he joys having purchased one on finance. The seemingly reputable Fiat dealer promised to send the finance documents on as they couldn't print it then and there.
Long and the short of it the promised paperwork never arrived and wifey went to the dealership a few months later to query why. She then received the paperwork and nearly fell through the floor when she realised what she had signed up to. £8K car is going to cost a further £3K by the time she has paid for it.
I wanted to kick off about it but her indoors wouldn't.
I've had company cars, leases on PCP, HP, and financed it through the bank, and the only way I'll go in future ideally is outright purchase or HP. Stung too many times in too many ways on the others.
I think anyone wanting to buy a new no-frills car on a tight budget should take a look at Dacia, a company owned by Renault. They are very popular in mainland Europe. Prices start at just under £6k including a 3 year warranty.
Merc c220 09 plate. Value - around £30,000 (at the time), Deposit - something around £5000 - £6000, Payments per month - around £600 a month for 4 years
May have been a lil more, but i put about £100 - £200 on top per month when i could
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