Concerns over diesel emissions may help consumers get big discounts on SUVs

by | Oct 10, 2018

Historically speaking, large SUVs have been some of the hardest cars to negotiate deals on. They’ve been so popular that dealers have been able to demand high prices when speaking to potential buyers.

However, that looks like it may be changing due to the increased concerns over diesel emissions. According to car-buying guide What Car? motorists are now being offered large discounts on these vehicles.

 

The negative publicity and threat of future diesel taxes could well have played a part in dealers finally starting to offer discounts on large SUVs.

Steve Huntingford – What Car?

Mystery shoppers analysed 7,500 new cars on sale between June and August 2018, and discovered what they described as ‘achievable discounts’ of almost £3,000 off list prices for these vehicles.

What Car? reported that this was a six per cent increase on the previous three months.

Steve Huntingford, the editor at What Car?, said: “Large SUVs tend to be diesels and the negative publicity and threat of future diesel taxes could well have played a part in dealers finally starting to offer discounts on large SUVs.

“The fact that there are so many models for people to choose from now has probably contributed to the number of deals available.”

The demand for diesel cars has fallen throughout 2018, and sales fell drastically last month (September 2018). Sales of diesel cars were down by 42% in September 2018 compared to the same month last year.

September tends to be a good month for new car sales as buyers race to purchase cars with new number plates. However, last month was the worst September since 2008, when the UK was in the midst of a recession and new car sales fell by 21.2%. Overall, new car sales fell by 20.5% last month.

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