Take advantage of winter lull, says HPI

Convertibles can prove to be bargains in winter

Car history checking company HPI is urging used car buyers to take advantage of the traditional pre-Christmas lull in order to bag a bargain.

Although the traditional patterns of the used car sector have been upset by the recession and the ‘scrappage scheme’, it’s still possible to find cars at lower than average prices during certain periods including the run-up to Christmas, HPI said.

Convertible models can often represent a great deal during the winter months but HPI’s own database showed that checks against four-by-four models showed the greatest activity in February to March and October to November, with demand pushing prices higher.

“If you look to take a holiday in peak times, you would expect to pay more,” said Nicola Johnson, Consumer Services Manager for HPI. “However, when buying a car, some consumers forget that timing can be just as important.

“There are certain times of the year when you are more likely to drive yourself a bargain. Although it’s tempting to pick up a convertible when the sun is shining, if buyers plan ahead, they can pick up a dream car with a dream price tag to match.”

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