What is Target Price? How to save thousands on your next car

Target Price is the most you should pay for your new car. Call 0845 527 6394 for the best price on your next car

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Target Price is your way of ensuring that you don't spend a penny more than you need to on your next new car.

Our team of secret shoppers haggles every day to get the best deals available on cars across the UK. What Car? then prints these prices alongside every review as the most you should aim to spend.

You can use the Target Price to make sure your local salesman delivers the best value possible. You could save thousands of pounds if you haggle hard – and Target Price makes the process easier.

Things to remember

Target Price is the most you should spend

In lots of cases you should be able to get an even better deal. One popular tactic is to agree the Target Price for the car and then persuade the salesman to throw in a few small extras, such as floormats.

Target Price is based on a cash deal

It doesn't include elements like finance incentives or trade-in considerations. If the salesman tries to include these factors in the overall deal, we'd recommend you to agree a straight price first (using Target Price as a guide). Once you've done that, then you can get into discussions about how you're going to pay for it, including finance and trading in your old car.

Target Prices change on a weekly basis

Sales staff's margins depend on a number of factors, including the bonuses and incentives that are being offered by manufacturers to their network (many of these are leaked to our team of secret shoppers). So it's worth double-checking that day's Target Price on the car you're interested in before you head off to the showroom; we'd even recommend printing out a screengrab so you can stick to your guns during negotiations.

If your salesman won't do the deal, we'll find one who will

Call our Target Price team on 0845 527 409 and they'll put you in touch with a dealer who's willing to play ball*

In the meantime, visit our Reviews section to get our full verdicts on new cars and their Target Prices.

What next?

We've got plenty of advice to help you sell your current car, buy a new one and run it without breaking the bank. To see all of our advice articles, click here.

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