Many people have heard the term pre-registered car but may not fully understand what the term means.
A pre-registered car is one that has been registered by a dealership before it has been brought by a customer. You may also hear them being referred to as ‘nearly-new’ or having ‘delivery mileage’. Once we have registered the car, despite them being new they technically become ‘used’. This is because they have a previous registered owner before you, which is the dealer you’re buying from.
However, it’s important not to let the word ‘used’ confuse you. Whilst they may technically be ‘used’ with a previous owner, they are often only weeks / months old with only delivery mileage on the clock.
Pre-registered vehicles therefore come with many benefits that people may not fully realise or consider when looking to purchase a new car. In this blog, we cover everything you need to know about pre-reg vehicles and the possible advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind.
One of the main benefits of buying a pre-reg car is that there are massive savings to be had. This is because it’s already been registered and therefore ‘used’ it’s going to be much cheaper than a brand-new car would be – in most cases we knock thousands off the manufacturer list price, delivering you excellent value for money! In essence, you end up purchasing a brand-new car for the price of a used one!
Another benefit of buying a pre-reg car is that you won’t have to wait to take delivery of the car because it’s in stock. Whereas with a new car you would almost certainly be waiting for the car to be built, delivered, and registered, a process than can take months. Therefore, by purchasing a pre-reg vehicle, it makes the whole buying process a much simpler and stress-free process.
One final benefit of a pre-reg car is that you’re likely to benefit from the perks of new car ownership including possible warranty, breakdown cover and more giving you added peace of mind when purchasing your pre-reg vehicle.
Whilst there are several advantages of buying a pre-reg car, there are often a few draw-backs you should be aware of.
Firstly, your choice is limited to whatever vehicles the dealership has in stock. This means that unlike a new car, you won’t be able to specify exactly what you want in terms of colour, equipment, options etc.
However, as long as you are sure on particular features and keep your eye on the market, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a pre-reg vehicle that suits your needs – but you’ll need to be quick! Due to dealers often offering such good discounts on pre-reg vehicles they don’t tend to be around for long, so if you see one you like, be sure to enquire quickly to avoid disappointment.
Another possible drawback is that you won’t be the first owner of the vehicle. This means that when you come to sell the car, it will be ‘third-hand’ and as such may affect the re-sale value.
In summary, a pre-reg vehicle is definitely worth consideration if you’re looking for a fantastic deal and are not too specific on the vehicle you’re looking for.
Here at Quest Motor Group, we have a range of pre-reg vehicles in stock available for you to browse on site and online. If you’re thinking about choosing a pre-reg vehicle as your next car, get in touch with our team today who will be happy to find one perfectly suited to your needs.