When is best to buy a new car?

The answer to this question is, unsurprisingly, multifaceted. It depends on whether you are looking to get the most for your money or whether you want to be amongst the first to own the very latest model releases.

For some, registration plate changes and manufacturers’ release schedules will guide their purchasing decisions. However, for those who aren’t tempted by what’s new, choosing to buck these trends is a surefire way to save money. 

Fresh off the starting blocks.

For those of us who see the value in getting in first with new model releases, there is no specific time of the year to hold out for. Manufacturers can release new models at any point and, with plenty of models debuting in showrooms annually, you will never have too long to wait.

Even if your intention isn’t to purchase one of these never-seen-before models, release periods are a great time to shop for a new car. This is because dealerships are likely to offer great rates on the outgoing models.

Our Social Media pages are the best place to stay up-to-date with the upcoming model releases from Mercedes-Benz and will clarify when you can expect to see them in South West showrooms.

Additionally, following coverage of the world’s top motor shows is a good indicator of what the automotive greats have got in store for the coming months. By example, The Geneva Motor Show opens its doors tomorrow and will mark the official unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the facelifted C-Class Saloon and Estates, to name just a few.

Registration Plate Changes.

In the UK, vehicle registration plates change twice a year; in March and September. These months are a draw for many car buyers because these new plates are the most explicit indicator that you have bought a new car.

The current number plate system has been in place since 2001. It allows road users to easily decipher a combination of factors about the model attached to it. Most importantly in this instance; the age of the car.

Registration Plate

The first two letters are the DVLA’s way of identifying where the vehicle was first registered. For example, a registration plate starting with ‘B’ comes from Birmingham, while one starting with ‘L’ was registered in London. All vehicles registered by Mercedes-Benz South West dealerships start with ‘W’.

The following two numbers identify the year in which the vehicle was registered. For cars registered between 1 March and 31 August, this means the last two digits of the year itself. From 1 March 2018, this will have been ’18’. In contrast, cars registered between 1 September and 28 February indicate their age using the last digit of the year preceded by a number which denotes the decade. 5 denotes cars registered between 2000 – 2009, and 6 for 2010 – 2019. From 1 September 2018, this will therefore be 68.

The final three letters are entirely random.

Purchasing trends.

Many new car buyers like to wait for either March or September to ensure they have a genuinely ‘brand new’ car. These months consequentially represent the biggest months for car sales. As the graph below shows, this is by quite a considerable margin.

SMMT car registrations

Getting the best deal.

Sticking with the theme of car registrations, choosing to buy an ex-demonstrator is another way to get a brilliant deal. Ex-demonstrator cars are new vehicles purchased by a dealership and registered in their name; they are usually delivered by transporter and some won’t leave the forecourt until they are sold.

These vehicles will therefore look and feel like a brand new car, and will have very few miles on the clock, but the price tag will reflect the fact that it has had a previous owner.

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