Car buyers are firmly in the driving seat after new car sales slump

A slump in new car sales means buyers can drive a hard bargain.

Research found savvy drivers were able to negotiate a near £2,600 saving on the average new motor in the first half of this year.

But the biggest savings was a chunky £5,767, or a more than a fifth, off the advertised price.

Buyers are firmly in the driving seat after a sharp drop in new car sales. Sales fell 4.1% last year, the worst for seven years.

Researchers from What Car? visited dealers to see what the best deal they could get on a new car, by offering cash and haggling.

Citroen was found to offer the biggest average discount, at just under 12%.

Next was Volkswagen, at 11.1%, Vauxhall, 10.5%, and Seat, 10.2%.

But there were even bigger discounts on certain models.

For example, the average saving on a Volkswagen Passat 1.5 TSI EVO 150 S was £5,767 off the £25,495 on the road price.

Researchers also negotiated an average £4,755 – or 21% – off the price of a Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T ecoTEC.

But if you’re looking for a big discount, steer clear of budget car maker Dacia, with an average discount of just 0.96%.

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