25 August 2004

Vauxhall is aiming to beat internet car brokers at their own game with a renewed emphasis on its VIP, or Vauxhall Internet Price service. The maker’s website showroom goes a stage further than other manufacturer’s versions, allowing customers not only to choose and equip their cars, but also to elect their nearest dealer and put down their deposit online, cutting out any haggling with salesmen, and saving thousands at a stroke. Two weeks ago, we revealed that it was the only route to a discount on a new Tigra (right); A Vectra 1.8i Energy (above) comes in at £12,740 through its makers website (£1,635 cheaper than list), and the Zafira Life 1.6i at £12,490 (a £2,505 saving). When we checked, fish4.co.uk offered the same Zafira Life for £12,596, including its £150 booking fee; Virgincars.com cheapest Zafira came in just a pound cheaper.

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