28 January 2004

Anyone used to a flat no when attempting to chip out a discount on a new Golf might be in for a bit of a surprise with the all-new model that goes on sale this week.

Admittedly most dealers are still not up for haggling on the new version, but some that we spoke to admitted that a few hundred quid discount might be on the cards, especially if we went for a petrol model that was in stock. There's still no dice on diesel discounts though and a salesman admitted that demand was such that he wouldn't need to be dipping into his eight per cent margin for 'quite some time'.

It's a different story if you are prepared to bypass the local dealer and go straight to a broker selling UK spec cars. Carfile, for instance, will sell you a 1.6 FSi SE 5dr, for £14,289, just over a grand shaved from the list price. Amazingly it's the same story if you're shopping for a diesel too. It's retailing a 1.9 TDi SE 5dr for £14,955. A handy £1200 lopped off the sticker price.

Naturally, back at main dealers, there's plenty of largesse if you fancy taking one of the last remaining Mk4 Golfs off their hands. Most salesmen will now gladly part with a stock 1.6 Match, which lists for £13,195 for around £10,500.

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