Tuesday 19 September 2017

Make sure 'scrappage' deals work for your wallet too

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

WITH so many 'scrappage' deals being announced, everyone hopes thousands of old, dirty diesels will be taken off our roads.

Many of the cars will be worthless, of course, but you should still check to make sure you know what price you are being charged for the new car.

Ask if it is the full RRP or is it - as can often be the case - a discounted price?

The difference could be substantial.

Say the new car costs €20,000. Ordinarily you can expect some reduction on that even where there is a trade-in.

But as a cash customer, with no trade-in, you could expect €1,000/€2,000 off.

So which is it going to be with a car that is being 'scrapped'?

There is no downstream headache for the dealer to try to shift an old banger.

It simply won't - and shouldn't - exist.

The whole point of the exercise, as everyone keeps saying, is to get as many heavily-polluting engines off the road by making the deal as attractive as possible.

So you could argue that all such deals should be treated as 'cash/straight' and allow for the maximum discount on the price of the new car.

You won't know until you ask.

And you should most definitely ask your dealer.

There may be quite a few euro at stake.

Irish Independent

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