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Upcoming Used Car Bargains

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The announcement of a new model of car might seem of relatively little importance to used car buyers but can, in fact, present great opportunities. The arrival of new models generally results in older - often nearly new - versions arriving on the used market, displaced by the newbie. If there's a particular car you have a fancy for but can't afford to buy new, keep your eye on new car news, because the time to buy a used version is when its replacement is released.

By the end of this year, for example, a new Audi A4 is due on the market. As a popular compact executive car from the premium sector, a number of keen new model buyers will be offloading their existing A4s, many of which may only be a few years old. Buyers of used Audi A4s will find the influx of extra models will slightly depress prices for a short while, allowing them to choose from a wider pool and find a relative bargain.

The same can be said of the Jaguar XF, available as a four door saloon or an estate. The arrival of a fresh, new version this winter, should provide some nice used opportunities for bargain hunters to pick up a very British premium vehicle.

The Mercedes A45 AMG, C-Class Coupe, the Renault Zoe and Volkswagen Touran are also due revamps by the end of this year.

The early part of next year will also provide some interesting opportunities. A new Volvo S80, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane, Mercedes SLK and E-Class, Audi A5 and a new BMW 5 Series are all expected, meaning that used versions of the same will be abundant.

Even if a specific model doesn't appeal, consider the wider market. Alfa Romeo will be launching its new Giulia compact executive car later this year, designed to challenge the likes of the BMW 3 Series. Its arrival could see Beemer fans ready to take a chance on something new and Italian, putting some nice used 3 Series on the market.

You will need to exercise the same caution when buying one of these as you would any used car. Extra supply may not be the only factor creating a bargain, so don't let your heart overrule your head. However at the same time, nearly new models can offer extra incentives, such as remaining periods under manufacturer warranty. Check the service history as that useful bit of warranty will be invalid if conditions have not been adhered to.

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