Well i was offered 15k trade in for my MCS
(53 plate Jan 04 with 10000miles). Bought it for 16.5k like i said above. It was mentioned that I would get more if I was to wait till the ‘right time’
It looks like at the moment there must be a few on the market lowering the dealers need for them as i explained above.
I previously had a MINI One Y reg that had done 25k miles. I traded it in for £9050 in Jan 04 so i only lost 2k in three years! I was well pleased. But that was because i just negotiated again and again, and finally said "if you give me that then i will put a deposit down now – oh and throw in some free bonnet stripes!" They jumped on it. Sold, i ended up getting my MCS
in two months too which must be a record!
So what i am saying is that, money wise we cant get discounts off of our new minis but you can on trade-ins. Dealers are prepared to only make £100s instead of £1000s on the 2nd hand mini’s because they can sell them on at such a quick rate - hence they are prepared to offer that little bit more for part exchange so they have a stock!
So never accept that first offer especially if you are planning to buy your next mini from them. Use it as you main negotiating tool. If it doest work go somewhere else....it their problem. Just walk away as you will definitely be able to better their first offers. Play the dealers off against each other; they love to steal deals away from their opposition.
It worked a treat from me! Hope this helps