2 February 2005

It’s just five weeks until BMW’s new 3-series makes its debut, and with the last examples of the current car on dealers’ forecourts, it’s also the perfect time to go discount hunting. Internet broker carhound.co.uk is advertising money off almost every model in the current 3-series range – and all on models sourced through a BMW main dealer. The most modest Three, the 316i ES, is available from £16,725, £1790 cheaper than list; opt for the most expensive model, a 330d Sport auto, and you’ll pay £29,003 – £3152 less than list.

Carhound is also offering new 3-series Compacts with as much as £2500 off list price, Touring estates with £3200 discounts, coupés with reductions of up to £4200, and convertibles with £4500 off.

BMW’s franchised dealerships weren’t as forthcoming. BMW isn’t offering any run-out discounts, so savings will have to come out of a dealer’s profit margins. We canvassed three separate dealerships, and although none of them would commit to a discount over the phone, they were all willing to offer savings. ‘We’ll simply take each customer individually and try to put together the most attractive package for them,’ one salesman explained. Armed with low prices from internet dealers, buyers should be able to make that package very attractive indeed.

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