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It’s The Best Time Of Year For A New Car – Here’s Why

Last Updated: 5th Sep 2018
It’s The Best Time Of Year For A New Car – Here’s Why

3rd September 2018

September is here, has rolled around and that means it’s the best time of the year for a new car. There are several reasons for this, and as a result, the UK car industry tends to notice a peak in sales during this time of the year, and this year it is especially true – let’s look at why.

Hippo Leasing’s September Sale

Hippo Leasing has reduced the price of every single vehicle for the month of September, so now is the perfect time to get the best deal on the car of your dreams

  1. BMW 1-Series (£251.24)
  2. Mercedes-Benz GLA Class (£238.79)
  3. Nissan Qashqai (£184.38)
  4. Vauxhall Mokka X (£184.79)
  5. DS DS3 (£172.53)
  6. Peugeot 208 (£192.41)

An excellent way of saving extra money on your next car is to look at the second-hand market. Hippo Leasing has a selection of used and nearly-new cars for you to drive away home in - all our quoted prices are estimated based on a 48-month personal contract. For more great deals just like these, check out our used car lease deals.

2015 Ford Grand C-Max

  1. Citreon C1 (£100.41)
  2. Nissan Juke (£139.27)
  3. SEAT Leon  (£143.51)
  4. Ford Grand C-Max (£156.35)
  5. Mercides-Benz B-Class (£160.86)
  6. Honda Civic (£169.45)

Why Get A New Car In September?

September is one of two months in the year for new registrations, with the first being March. Typically, the September registration period sees the most sales, and there are plenty of reasons to hold out until these months for a new car.

Hippo Leasing has launched its September Sale to get the car-buying season rolling, with reduced prices on all vehicles, with selected cars seeing up to a 20% reduction in price. If you’re thinking of getting a new car, now is the best time for it.

  1. New Number Plates

September 2018 will see the introduction of the ’68’ plates. That means the ‘18’ plates are moving aside for the new plates.

Matthew Bailey, Deal Analyst at Hippo Leasing explained, “As you are aware, these plates indicate the age of a car and refer to a six-month period in which the vehicle was registered. The ‘18’ plates refer to cars registered between 1 March 2018 and August 31, 2018, before making way for the ‘68’ plates to have run between 1 September 2018 and 28 February 2019.

He added, “The date on the car is a bonus for car buyers, as it can be a status symbol that shows you are driving a brand-new car. With the 18-plates expiring and are making way for the 68 numbers, then now is the time to register a car to ensure you have it.

Registration plates are super important as they contain very useful information about the car and contain three aspects

  • The local area tag – the car’s regional information
  • Age identifier
  • Three random letters

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Matthew explained the significance of the three features, “The first two letters indicate where the car was registered, with the first letter indicating the region, and the second letter indicates the local DVLA office that the car was registered in.

“For example: ‘L’ indicates the car is from London, ‘M’ Manchester or Merseyside, ‘S’ Scotland and ‘C’ for Wales (Cymru),” he elaborated.

Matthew added that the age identifiers serve to indicate the car’s age, to within six months.

“The final three letters are random identifiers for the car to distinguish cars with the same first two identifiers.

“The system is designed to make the number plate easy to remember and easy to narrow down car information with only partial information about the registration plate. What’s more the DVLA introduced the system for three main benefits: – the plate tells valuable information about a car, it is easy to remember, and the system has enough value to last until 2051,” Matthew added.

  1. September Season Is Sales Season

Because of the attractive proposition of a new plate car, many car retailers offer substantial sales on their cars.

Matthew explained, “Plenty of motorists want to show the world they are driving the latest model car, with that September has become known as the perfect time to get a new car. That has incentivised retailers to offer deals on their cars. There are plenty of deals available from dealerships and leasing companies for consumers to choose from.”

Matthew added that this September, Hippo Leasing is discounting all their cars with up 20% off on selected vehicles.

“We want our customers to get the best deal possible and drive the newest car possible. That’s why we’re offering up to 20% off on select cars this month. Our great deals combined with our seamless service and nationwide delivery make this a sale not to be missed,” he added.

  1. Get Ready For Winter

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The arrival of Autumn has many motorists turning their attention to the Winter months, and whether their current vehicle is up to the task of handling the cold weather, icy roads, and generally difficult driving conditions of the season. As a result, 4x4s and SUV’stend to see a spike in popularity in the latter half of the year.

“Autumn tends to see winter-friendly cars gain popularity as motorists prepare for the cold months that can handle slushy roads better,” commented Bailey. “Conversely, March tends to see higher sales of sports cars and other summer drive cars.”

  1. Time To Upgrade The Fleet

It is not only the private buyer that benefits from the September car-buying rush. For company fleet managers and commercial car buyers, the September is the perfect time to upgrade the business fleet to more fuel-efficient new cars or vans, and what’s more, the right deal also lessens the maintenance cost of multiple company cars.

Matthew noted, “Both sole-traders and businesses with fleets to managers stand to gain from upgrading to a new car in the September registration period. For a business, a car or van purchase doesn’t end when the car joins the fleet. The vehicles’ maintenance, tax, and fuel all need to be considered. Many businesses will find now is a great time to get an attractive deal and upgrade their vehicles to something newer and more cost-effective. A cheap to run car is not just for private drivers.”

Should I Buy Or Lease A Car This September?

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With the multitude of deals available from endless retailers both online and offline, it can be easy to become overwhelmed.

And with most purchases not being all-cash anymore, in favour of monthly payments systems such as personal contract hire (PCH),personal contract purchase (PCP) and hire-purchase (HP),buyers need to ask themselves which system suits them best.

You can read Hippo Leasing’s explainer of the three popular purchase forms online.

Matthew gave his advice to customers, “Some people prefer to own their car outright, and for them, hire purchase makes sense since they plan on keeping the car longer than they plan on paying it off. For this to be viable, the car’s maintenance must be significantly lower than the difference in monthly payments from a lease. PCH is an attractive option as you are paying off the depreciation of the car, not the value of the car. When the contract is up, you simply hand the car back and upgrade to a newer model.”

He remarked that for buyers interested in a HP plan from Hippo Leasing, customers should simply enquire about and their account manager will give a great quote.

Matthew also explained that PCP is an attractive middle-ground for those who would like to own the car outright at the end of the deal, subject to a final balloon payment.

How Do I Get a New Car With Hippo?

Once you have decided which way to go, purchasing a car online through PCH, PCP or HP a is super simple with Hippo Leasing.

Browse our personal lease deals if you are a private customer, or for businesses, look at our vans or business leasing pages for the deals Hippo can offer you. With 600 cars in stock and over 7,000 more available through our network of suppliers, and no deposit lease deals to choose from, you are sure to find the best deal with Hippo.

When you find the perfect deal for you, click through to the deal page and fill in the enquiry form. A member of the team will call you quickly to discuss your requirements in more depth and guide you through the rest of the process. Simple!

No matter where in the UK you are searching from, Hippo Leasing can help you, as we deliver our vehicles nationwide.

To find the perfect lease deal this September, check out our Special Offers to see the amazing contract hire agreements that Hippo Leasing can offer on selected vehicles. Enquire online through our form, email or call 01254 956666 to find out more about leasing today!


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