Hi, thought it would be a good idea to put this in here seeing as you're a knowledgeable lot
I wasn't really looking at changing my car as I've just stepped on to the property ladder, but as it happens one of my new neighbors is the service leader for the local Vauxhall branch, he's done me a lot of favours recently with parts etc.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I'd bumped into him at the North east Vectra-c.com RR meet at V-sport, he was there with another of his mates, had a bit craic and we got onto the subject of an Astra Vxr his dealership had recently sold for apparently stupid low money, I asked why he never called me and he said he never knew I was interested (fair comment I suppose )
So he said he would let me know next time a used one came into stock and he'd sort me out a good deal,so I left it at that.
So I got a text on Wednesday saying his manager had just bought in an '06 plate Astra VXR in Arden Blue with the optional 19's on and asked if I could come down that afternoon to take a look, naturally I obliged and off I went, had just came of the lorry when I got there so was a little grubby (which I didn't mind)
So my pal opened it up for me so I could have a snoop, I love everything about it TBH, if I was to have one new then it would be exactly as that was with the colour and bigger wheels, only thing I could see that bugged me was the mileage which read 36,000 but my mate assured me it was going to be priced "Super cheap"
Checked the service book and it's had 2 services by Vauxhall already so it's up to date but aren't there some major parts due for renewal around 40k
Anyway, had it out for a quick test drive and it feels superb! Pulls hard in all gears, similar delivery to the Vec but wayyyyyy more powerful!, I like the gearbox and it feels pretty firm on corners too
Now we get to the end of the test drive and time for the nitty gritty, sat down with one of the sales guys they'd worked some figures out, this is what he had on the computer...
24 Months warranty (Manufacturers warranty runs out next March which is when this kicks in) £372.99
Admin fee £49.94 (<--Aparrently this is for HPI'ing my car etc.)
Gap insurance £349.00
P/X (my car) £3,250.00 (Apparently book price is only £2,700 for mine)
Incentive offered by dealer £250.00
Balance to finance £11,606,43
Monthly payments (x 60 / 5 years) £260.18 P/Month
TBH I'm not too sure on how good a deal that is, I knew the car had done nearly twice the national average mileage but on the other hand had the optional paint, wheels and retained it's service history, the car was certainly clean enough.
Had a quick look on Parkers and they reckon:
Original Price £18,972
Franchised dealer £14,795
Independant Dealer £14,000
Private Good £13,340
Private poor £11,285
Now I know that Parkers says £14,795 but that's for a car with average miles, I know there are other variables too, the fact the car has a couple of options on etc.
I also paid for a valuation by Glass which obviously allowed me to adjust the options and mileage, they said that the car from a franchised dealer should be £14,550, so again, this shows the dealer is selling it for less than the RRP
The other part is this, I need to get rid of my car first
'02 plate Vectra Elite 3.2V6 Saloon, 50,000 miles, FSH, T&T + 19's, Bilstein suspension, Strut brace, K&N, Powerflow exhausts, Irmy grille, door pins, Gearknob, Handbrake cover & pedals, SRi front and rear lights, Big brakes, the list goes on, now I know that as a standard car, Parkers reckon the P/X would be £3,300, in which case the Dealer's P/X offer would be bang on, so do I leave that and trade the car in as standard, then try and re-coup some money off the mods to put towards the VXR?
Or do I try and get top dollar for it on a private sale?
I've since been in contact with my mate at the dealers who have haggled with a few finance companies and got the payment down to £228 a month (x60 months)
Looking at it this way, that's saving £32 a month over the previous payment, times that by 60 and that's £1920 saved over the duration of the loan, then there's the extra money they've put on my P/X (£550), then the incentive (£250) so that's £2720 off the total all together, my mate assures me that this wouldn't be available to "Joe public" and that it's been specially put together for me, I've asked him about the price and he says that that's rock bottom and they WILL NOT shift.
So now I'm thinking along the lines of asking them to hold the VXR (probably by means of a deposit), breaking the Vectra back to standard to P/X, selling all of the mods to make more money to put against the VXR and hopefully lower both the repayments and the period of years of which it's borrowed over, the thing is, I'd like to see a few more incentives thrown in before I'd "Sign on the line" I.E some free petrol, tax and a set of VXR mats would be nice
Also, even though the service book is stamped up to date and will be good up to 50,000 miles my mate said he's have it serviced before I took delivery
What do you lot reckon to all this?