As cars go, the Mazda MX-5 soft-top is perhaps one of the most-affordable sports cars you can buy.
Sure, there are more luxurious and powerful sports cars such as the Porsche 911 or the Jaguar F-Type, but I can guarantee you that this Japanese pocket rocket is going to leave you with a massive grin on your face as you drive around. I can honestly say that you probably won’t find a car more fun to drive than the Mazda MX-5!
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According to the Mazda website, the list price for a brand new MX-5 soft-top is £18,495 in the United Kingdom (or $23,720 for the Miata in the United States). Although this is actually cheap compared to the other more-exotic sports cars I mentioned a moment ago, it can still be a lot of cash for someone to come up with.
But if you want to get your hands on a brand new Mazda MX-5, here are some practical ways to get it for less!
Don’t part-exchange your current car
Mazda dealers will often ask you if you have a car that you would like to trade in, and whilst this is a convenient way of getting rid of a car that is only worth a few hundred, you will get a much better deal if you sell your car privately.
In order to get the best possible price for your car, regardless of whom you sell it to, you should give your car a good clean inside and out so that you can get it as immaculate as possible. There are many guides on the Web that describe how to clean your car, so it’s worth putting the effort in as the end result will be worth it.
Check out what local Mazda dealer offers there are
It’s no secret that franchised car dealerships have different offers in order to compete for the business. You should spend some time online and research what offers there are from local and regional Mazda dealers; see this site for more info.
Consider buying a pre-registered model
Generally when you go to a car dealer, they will ask you what options you want on your brand new car as well as the paint colour you want, but if you only require the standard equipment on your MX-5 soft-top and you aren’t particularly bothered what colour it is, you should think about getting a pre-registered model instead.
In a nutshell, a pre-registered car is basically one that the dealership themselves have bought from the car manufacturer in order to satisfy the order quota that they agreed to. Car dealers then sell these models significantly cheaper than ones ordered from the factory at the customer’s request because they don’t obviously want cars sitting around their forecourts and showrooms and not making any money!
The best times to look for pre-registered models are usually on the last day of the month or perhaps the last day of the quarter, as they will do anything within reason to sell those cars in order to meet their sales targets.