3 September 2004

If you’re chomping at the bit for a well-priced 54-registered car, but need a great deal on your money into the bargain, don’t panic. In an effort to tempt you through their doors, many manufacturers are introducing free finance deals this autumn, so you can make a killing on both fronts.

Fiat’s current crop of offers includes zero per cent interest right across its range. Kicking these off is a great deal on the Car of the Year, the Panda supermini, yours for a £3,331 deposit and £99 a month for three years. Ideas, Puntos, Doblos and Stilos are also available with free finance, and the Italian firm’s Ulysse 2.0-litre JTD rounds off the reductions, available in range-topping Eleganza trim for £267 a month. Not to be outdone, Ford has made its seven-seater Galaxy Ghia available for £1000 off the £22,615 asking price, and also interest-free for four years. A 54-registered 2.3-litre MPV comes for £219 a month – but only after a hefty £11k, 50 per cent deposit has been placed. Even Suzuki has entered the free finance fray; dealerships will provide you with a Grand Vitara five-door for £199 a month until the end of September, providing you place a £5,447 deposit on the 2.0-litre petrol models, or £7,447 on the more expensive 2.0-litre turbodiesel. If, alternatively, you’re looking to walk away with a new car for as small an initial outlay as possible this September, Kia still has the market cornered. Every one of their models can be driven away for just £1, including the Picanto city car that won Autocar’s budget shootout earlier this month.

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