11 October 2004

Now that the new Vauxhall Astra has been on sale for four months, the gloves are off for weeding decent discounts out of the dealers. Autocar’s sister magazine What Car?’s Target Price – the typical deal you can expect – for a 1.6 16v Design 5dr is currently £13,321, a whopping £1174 off the £14,495 list price. And a quick ring around dealers found that salesmen were keen to increase such discounts if we paid a visit in person. One hinted that he may even be able to beat it by several hundred pounds if we committed to buy.

Deals are just as tidy on the higher-end models, too. The list price of the new 2.0-litre turbo SRi 5dr is £17,195, but haggling can reduce that to £15,795 according to the Target Price.

Predictably, discounts are even better if you go through an online broker selling UK-supplied cars. Web-based Broadspeed.com will supply a 1.6 16v Design for £12,901 and a 2.0T SRi for £15,304.

Naturally, as the new Ford Focus doesn’t hit showrooms until January, salesmen aren’t keen on discussing deals just yet. But there are big discounts on many of the Astra’s other rivals.

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Renault dealers are being generous and you should expect a four-figure discount on any Mégane models (right). The target price for the 1.6 Dynamique 5dr is currently running at £11,880, compared to the £13,090 list. You can expect similar savings on the Honda Civic, too. Expect to pay around £12,200 for a £13,013 1.6 SE.

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