I was offered 8,000 UKP for my March 2002 One (it was 11,900 when new, and now has 28,000 miles on clock) against a new build Cooper by my local dealer, Vines in Gatwick. When I went back to the supplying dealer (Chandlers, Brighton) they offered me 9,400 UKP and threw in the TLC pack, so difference between the two dealers was 1,500 quid!
Picked up Cooper, PW/B chilli pack & Sports Plus today! 25.03.04 Wicked!
Consult price guides and make sure you at least get what they think it is worth. Remember the dealer will make a profit off your trade in as well as the new car they are supplying so make them work hard for your business. If they won't budge take your business elsewhere.
Seems like the prices people are being offered arnt to bad, I took out a loan to pay for my mini so looks like I could get some cash together say bout 5-6 k trade in my mini one and get a cooper without affecting my loan, has anyone done the same? And what extra things did people go for on their second mini?
Yeah I had a cooper for 2 day its a little bit faster so it added a little bit more fun looked at oneclick but I use my car a lot 7 months and iv done 18000 miles so I donít want to brake it. Cooper S well my insurance is 1.4k a year cooper is 1.5k a year and cooper s is 3k+ so I was thinking on the cooper I could always get J.C.W kit. And I need air con after last summer, looked at getting it added on to my one it will cost me 2.5k but I must say I do love my little mini donít think I could buy anything other than a mini now. I may hang onto it for a year then part ex for new a new mini? What u thinks?
My best advice would be to act poor, bored but informed.
Poor - Say to the dealer that you'd like to upgrade to a Cooper but aren't sure if you can afford it.
Bored - If you have a test drive, don't act like a excited kid who's got the keys to the candy shop. That spells "Sale!" to the salesman and probably "High Profit Sale". Dismiss the car as not much better than your One and say that you might do a deal if the price is right just to get a newer car.
Informed - Wise on on part-ex prices of similar cars to yours. If the deal is good then sign up. If you're not sure then sleep on it. If the salesman uses tactics such as "the price/deal today is...." then find another dealer. Try an shop at the end of the month/quarter as some salesmen, even in MINI, need sales for that month.
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