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    Brand New Vs Nearly New

    Thame Driving Blog

    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    On March 1 the new ’16’ plates came out which makes this an interesting time to buy a new car.

    For those who like their cars brand new with no more than delivery miles on the clock, there are usually savings to be made by buying the ’65’ plate new cars just before the plates change.

    Dealers are often happy to do deals to clear the way for the new stock.

    But for the really savvy new car buyer, nearly new is the way ahead.

    Year-or-two-old cars are in many cases cheaper than they were a few years ago thanks to a sweet spot of economic forces that have driven prices down recently.

    Which makes the savings between BRAND new and NEARLY new bigger than they have ever been.

    There’s a good article here that explains how to get the best deal if you’re going down the brand new car route (

    But the smart money is on nearly new.

    You still get that new car smell, without the new car price tag.