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Looking at a new Mk7, and had been looking at BMW 1er - which gives me a healthy International/Specialist 13% discount. VW of course won't match that but had a thought. Wondered if anyone had got a VW dealer to order a car to their specs - paint, trim etc, run it a few months and then buy a fwe months old at an ex demo price??

Or I guess use a car broker.
 

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One dealer offered me a SE from their showroom with a few extras but at full list. When I said I'd rather have pre-reg and save a few pennies they came up with this...

We buy the car but they own it for four months and 'loan' it back to ourselves. After four months the V5 then gets forwarded to us.

After a few verbal 'you cannot be serious' exchanges, we walked away. Having looked in to this further, apart from the obvious insurance issues, you can find a few cases on the internet where dealers have been prosecuted for offering this option.

And if any of that doesn't bother you, there's the fact that you're paying for a car which someone else owns! So what happens if the garage goes in to administration the during the 'loan' period?

Dealer trying to tell me that's how many of his customers buy cars and they don't have a problem with it... If that's true (which I seriously doubt) it just goes to show how naive some people are.

When I mentioned the insurance issue, he tried to blame us - basically he was saying we have cheap / basic car insurance? Then we we called the insurer and were told under no circumstances would they underwrite the asset, the salesman then suggested this classic....

: we buy the car, the garage own the car, the garage then store the car four four months, and then we collect the car. However our trade-in would have depreciated by four months hence the change over would be more expensive.

When I asked "but surely the Golf would also depreciate in those four months?" he said with a straight face "New cars do not depreciate as fast as 2nd hand cars".

I thought Arthur Daley retired years ago?
 

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No, I mean persuade dealer to get a demo vehicle to your specs. They run as normal and then you buy at few months old.
 

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I would have though that in principal they may well go with it so long as your specs and colours are not too weird/excessive. If its essentially a basic car with moderate options level you would probably have a deal. However in my opinion this would only be worthwhile if we were talking 20% off - and I suspect we may not be!
 

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All you can do is ask I suppose - as above really as long as your spec isn't too offensive there is a chance they will do it. Only thing really is the dealer getting you to guarantee you won't change your mind on it a few months down the line (not saying you would but you never know)
 

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You can buy demo cars if they have one. If its a similar spec you can then up the spec somewhat if it isn't kitted.

My brother bought an ex-demo Ibiza a few years back and added some bits to it that he wanted. The car had only a few miles on it and with some of the toys he added he still saved a couple of thousand over a brand new model with the full spec model he wanted.
 

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My dealer told me yesterday no discount on the gtd and a delivery time of March 2014. I said 8-12% are readily available on via brokers but they wouldn't budge.

Time to call a few dealers..
 
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