Shop around and drive a great 181 bargain

From shopping vouchers to free servicing, it’s enough to make the end of the year a truly festive season for new car buyers, writes Geraldine Herbert

Now is a good time to buy an Alfa Romeo, from now until December 31 2017, the Italian car maker is offering Personal Contract Plan (PCP) finance, with an APR rate of 2.9%, or a Hire Purchase (HP) finance rate from 0%.

At Audi dealerships around the country, the 181 Sales Event has just begun. As part of the event, the A4 SE Edition 50 upgrade package is available for €1,500, a saving of more than €3,200. The A4 is also available with an Audi Scrappage EcoGrant offer of €5,000. For buyers interested in an A6, it is also offered with a number of upgrades such as the Audi A6 SE Comfort Pack, which for a limited time only is available for €1,200, a saving of more than €6,200. The A6 is available with a Scrappage EcoGrant offer of €5,500.

BMW is offering savings of 9% on any of their new models until March 31 2018 or while stocks last. This ‘Sterling Sales Event’ offer is in addition to the Lower Emissions Allowance announced earlier this year, which gives customers a further €2,000 off any BMW with emissions of 130g/km or less. The offer is open to owners of diesel Euro 4 (EU4) emission standard vehicles or below who can trade-in their vehicle for a new BMW i, BMW iPerformance model or low-CO2 emission models.

The French car maker Citroën is luring potential buyers with low finance and scrappage. Scrappage is offered on every passenger car across the range but the amount available depends on the model. Other offers include three years free servicing on the C4 Picasso Range, low-rate finance starting from 2.9% APR or if you are considering a Grand C4 Picasso, it now comes with an additional €1,600 of extras including half-leather trim, massage front seats, electric power tailgate and electric reclining front leg rests. These extra equipment offerings on Touch and Feel Exclusive come with no additional cost to the customer.

Dacia  is offering zero deposit and 4.9% APR on PCPs with Dacia Bank across the range, including the new facelifted Duster, Sandero, Stepway and new Logan MCV Stepway for 181 buyers, while the French car maker DS are offering 4.9% finance and three years free servicing.

Until March, buyers will have the chance to avail of 5.9% APR PCP and HP finance available across the Fiat range and Fiat are also offering  up to €3,500 on a scrappage scheme.

Ford has a range of offers as part of their ‘Clean Up for 181’ campaign, including reductions on a host of models and a low finance offer of zero per cent until the end of December. The deals on offer include reductions of up to €6,000 on the Kuga ST-Line, Grand C-MAX (seven seater), S-MAX Titanium+ and Galaxy Titanium+, €5,500 on the Focus Titanium and €5,305 on the Focus ST-Line. There is also a reduction of up to €4,000 on the New EcoSport and up to €1,000 on the new Fiesta. Also offered is a low PCP and finance offer of 0%.

Continuing with the success of ‘High Five’ for 172, Honda is reintroducing the offer for 181. The latest generation of CR-V will now be available across the Honda Dealer Network with a choice of five offers for the 181 selling period. You can choose from a €4,000 guaranteed minimum trade-in offer, 3.9% APR PCP finance, complimentary leather upgrade, three years road tax and Platinum service plan or a €1,000 Deal Booster.

Book a new 181 Hyundai before January 31 and avail of either five years, free servicing, an environmental bonus of up to €5,000 or 3.9% finance.

Customers who opt for a Jaguar before March 31 2018 can avail of 2.9% APR PCP finance available or a €4,000 purchase contribution on all new XF and XE models, or 3.9% APR PCP finance OR a €3,000 purchase contribution is offered on the F-Pace models.

Savings can be made across the Jeep model range for 181 with 0% APR HP or 2.9% APR PCP offered with the Renegade while the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are available with 1.9% APR HP or 3.9% PCP until 31st December 2017.

Kia customers who order a new car before December 22 2017 will receive a free €500 SuperValu voucher, while finance offers include 0% on Sportage, Optima, Niro, Cee’d and Rio and 3.9% APR on all other models.

Land Rover is offering 2.9% APR PCP finance or a €4,000 purchase contribution on all new Discovery Sport and Evoque models registered before March 31 2018.

For 181, Mazda has a range of offers including low-rate PCP finance from 0% APR, upgrades up to €2,000 or three years free servicing. Offered on the Mazda2 and Cx-3 is 0% APR or €750 upgrades or three years free servicing, 3.9% APR or €2,000 upgrades or three years free servicing is offered on both the Mazda3 and 6 while the MX-5 benefits from 5.9% APR or €750 upgrades or three years free servicing. Also, if you have a car that produces more than 130g/km of C02, you will get an Eco Upgrade worth up to €3,500.

Mercedes-Benz is offering a €2,000 changeover bonus towards the purchase of a new model in their range. The offer applies to owners of EU1 to EU4 diesels. The discount, which is offered irrespective of the make or model the customer currently owns, is available on orders placed by December 31 2017.

The MINI 181 Winter Sales Event has savings across the range, such as 4.9% APR and up to €2,000 deposit contribution. A €1,000 purchase contribution towards the MINI 1499 GT is also available now for a limited period. Low-rate finance is available with MINI Select PCP finance with 4.9% A.P.R. This offer is available on models ordered now and registered before March 31 2018.

Mitsubishi‘s recently launched scrappage scheme means a discount of €2,500 scrappage on all ASX models for vehicles registered by January 31 2018. €3,000 scrappage is offered on Outlander 2WD five-seat models and €4,000 on Outlander 4WD seven-seat models.

Now you can enjoy two new Nissans for the price of one thanks to Nissan’s 181 offer. Anyone interested a buying a new Nissan Micra, Pulsar, Juke or Qashqai can exchange it for the equivalent model in 2019 free of charge. If, however, customers decide that the two new cars for the price of one offer isn’t for them, Nissan also have a number of other 181 offers to choose from, including, 0% finance, 3.9% PCP available across the Nissan range or customers with older trade-ins can benefit from up to €5,500 scrappage allowance if they upgrade to a new Nissan.

Opel Ireland is offering competitive finance offers of 3.9% PCP and 4.9% HP finance across the range.

Order a new Peugeot before December 31 and avail of one of the 181 Peugeot offers including a €600 equipment upgrade for free, plus €500 deposit contribution or €2,750 scrappage allowance on the 208, a complimentary equipment upgrade worth €870, plus a €500 deposit contribution or €3,250 scrappage allowance on the 2008. The 308 is available with a €500 deposit contribution or €3,500 scrappage allowance and a €3,000 scrappage allowance is available on the 508.

Customers looking to buy a 181 Renault can avail of 3% APR PCP finance, three years servicing and three years road tax on all cars ordered and registered before January 31 2018. With the recent Government Budget announcement on EVs and 0% Benefit-in-Kind (BIK), Renault is matching the zeros by offering 0% HP finance on the zero emissions 100% electric ZOE.

Up to €3,000 scrappage and 1.9% PCP finance is on offer from SEAT dealers around the country. There is a €1,000 scrappage offer available on the new Arona, €2,000 on the Ibiza and up to €3,000 on the Ateca, Leon and Alhambra.

Order a new Skoda before the end of the year and avail of 0% finance on Fabia, Rapid, Octavia & Superb, 3.9% on Citigo and Karoq or 5.9% on Kodiaq.

Toyota buyers have a choice of a trade up bonus of up to €4,500 or three years free servicing on all passenger cars ordered before December 31 2017. There is also an additional diesel scrappage bonus if you’re trading in a 10-year or older diesel car. To tempt buyers into their hybrid range, they are offering a ‘Hybrid Guarantee’, so if you buy a 181 Toyota hybrid and change your mind later they will swap it for the equivalent 182 petrol or diesel model absolutely free.

To lure prospective buyers to showrooms around the country, Volkswagen are offering low-rate PCP finance from 0.9% APR, technology upgrades across the range, purchase contributions of up to €2,000 and an EcoGrant of up to €5,000 available on EU 1-4 diesel cars that are scrapped.

Volvo dealers nationwide are offering customers a €4,000 purchase contribution on the XC40 D4 AWD Momentum Automatic, 2.9% PCP and a free style pack with €500 insurance contribution on the V40, a €4,000 purchase contribution towards the D4 AWD Momentum XC60 and €7,500 off nearly new S90s.


Geraldine Herbert

23rd November, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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