● What Car? Target Price report shows the average savings on new cars across the industry in November was £2369 and as high as £3908 for some brands
● Average discounts across manufacturers down 8.51% from September to November from £2590 to £2369
● Luxury car buyers see discounts grow to £5639
● Mercedes-Benz found to offer the highest savings across its model range, with Dacia discounting its models the least
● To find the best deals on new cars, visit: www.whatcar.com/new-car-deals
New car buyers made savings of over £2300 on average at the end of last year, despite a gradual fall in manufacturer discounts during the last quarter, according to the latest What Car? Target Price Report.
Analysis by mystery shoppers of the UK car market as part of the What Car? new car buying service, found average new car discounts fell from £2590 in September to £2369 at the end of November – a drop of £221 and 8.51%. The biggest discounts were seen in the luxury car sector where manufacturers actually increased the level of discounts, cutting prices on average by £5639, up from £5482 – a rise of 2.87% since September.
Executive car buyers saw the second-highest discounts at the end of November, with £3190 off the average list price, while Coupe buyers were given the third highest offers, with £3153 cash savings on a new car.
While luxury car buyers enjoy the biggest savings on a new car, small car buyers are given the lowest offers. At the end of November, the average discount on a new small car stood at £946, a fall of nearly 20% since September.
Diesel and petrol cars saw their average discounts fall by 6.73% (from £2892) and 5.31% (from £2234), respectively, with the average diesel and petrol buyer saving £2697 and £2104 on a new car.
Buyers who visited Mercedes-Benz dealerships in this period fared better than anyone else, with the German brand offering the highest discounts across its model range, at £3,908.
At the other end of the scale, budget brand Dacia was found to offer the lowest price reductions across its model range of £112.
Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “As the scale of discounts make their customary year-end dip, our figures show there were still deals to be had, underlining the importance of thorough research when negotiating.
“Our latest Target Price Report shows new car buyers visiting the site could have saved a minimum of £1000 on their new car from all but three manufacturers, and as high as £3-4000 for six brands.”
To find the best deals on new cars, visit: www.whatcar.com/new-car-deals
All deals and figures presented correct at the time of release
All figures are What Car? data
About What Car?
What Car?, the UK’s leading and most trusted car buying brand, has the magazine, a market-leading website and several established brand extensions. It has helped Britain’s car buyers to make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years and its tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice.
Whatcar.com is the UK’s leading car buying website, offering trusted reviews and data on every new car. A winner of numerous awards and accolades, whatcar.com is recognised as one of the UK’s leading consumer websites and attracts 1.7m unique users every month and over 13m monthly page impressions. The brand has seen major investment in its digital infrastructure as it develops a new ecommerce platform, allowing users to act on the trusted advice What Car? offers.
With a print circulation of 55,459, combined with its mobile and social reach, What Car? has more than 5.5 million monthly points of contact with its audience on the move, at work, at home and at the crucial point of sale. It is the top performing monthly on the UK newsstand in the motoring category.
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