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Hi all

I'm brand new to this forum and the world of Minis! I'm finally ready to plump for a new 5 door which is a new practical option for me with a young child.

Can anyone please advise if (stupid question?) I should be expecting any discount off the list price or other freebies like TLC? Currently specced a Cooper which is coming out about £20k mark with a Chili and a few other options.

I've got as far as getting a part ex price for my current car and already been told there is a bit more movement in that price, but I wanted to know if I should be bartering for more on top?

I know these cars are quite in demand, so wouldn't expect a ton off the price, though anyone's experiences would be most welcome.

Thanks!
 

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My experience is that a Mini dealers can show a substantial difference in part ex prices so it is worth spending a day driving to any dealer within reach and getting a price. Nothing to stop you going back to your local dealer afterwards and asking them to match the lowest price. I found well over a £1000 difference when I got my current Roadster (when it was as new as the F55 is now).

Don't get hung up on a totally theoretical discount: all that matters is the single 'price to change' figure you have to pay - if they want to give you a really good part ex price but against full list price, that's their bookkeeping and not your concern, as long as the price to change is lower.
 

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Current discounts on 5-door max out at about 7% but you'll have to bargain hard to get there. Helps if you're taking finance. Negotiate the price and then say you don't want seal and protect which is a rip off. Alternatively, use a broker who will negotiate for you and get you a dealer delivered car. You should still be able to negotiate finance and trade-in if you use the right broker.
 

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Definitely definitely try all your nearest dealers . Discounts definitely there.
 

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I got a decent discount on mine, but it was on the expensive side because it was loaded while sporting a manual transmission. It had also sat in the dealer showroom for months because I monitored it on their website.

I'm sure that if you are custom ordering or interested in one of the more commonly equipped, lower priced units they have on the lot the margin for discounts will be small.
 

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Keep your eyes open and cast around for deals as well as partnerships that could help you. I know there was a big sales event on this side of the Atlantic, offering $1000 off. I've also seen various sales and discount offers pop up over time. Also, my insurance company's car buying service got me close to $3,000 off my F56 order and assisted in the haggling... basically, they gave me the TrueCar value of my trade and for the new Mini, I showed it to the dealer, and the dealer matched it. So, I saved a bundle off what would have otherwise been a $30,000 car.
 

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I never thought about seeing whether my insurance buying service could have saved me more. I had checked TrueCar and it told me that my local Mini dealership was not a TrueCar dealership, but I had the printout of the expected cost anyway.

Now that you mentioned the insurance, I was delighted that the cost of my insurance actually went DOWN for my new car verses my five year old Wrangler. So, I'm not only saving money on gas, but also on my insurance.
 

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Since driving minis our insurance just seems to get cheaper. Mind were getting older!!,!e sure, £136 fully comp protected ncb.happy with that!
 

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I never thought about seeing whether my insurance buying service could have saved me more. I had checked TrueCar and it told me that my local Mini dealership was not a TrueCar dealership, but I had the printout of the expected cost anyway.

Now that you mentioned the insurance, I was delighted that the cost of my insurance actually went DOWN for my new car verses my five year old Wrangler. So, I'm not only saving money on gas, but also on my insurance.
I ended up having to bypass the two closer dealerships in Birmingham and Nashville to go to the USAA Certified dealer in Kennesaw (just North of Atlanta), but for the money I ended up saving, it was completely worth the nearly 3 hours of driving (especially considering the back roads were made for the Mini).

My insurance actually went upabout $70 a year with this car vs my Ridgeline. I think it mainly has to do with the fact I'm no longer driving a 4 wheel drive tank and that little S badge on the Mini ha.
 

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Thanks ever so much for all your responses. I have a rival garage a couple of minutes from work, so I'll start by seeing how I get on there. When buying my last 'new' car - Alfa Romeo Mito, there was no discount at all against list, so it made things a bit easier.

Will see how I get on...
 

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I successfully got a quote from a broker and then got my local dealer to match it. There was a lot of huffing and puffing along the way but eventually they went for it. If they hadn't matched the broker I would have purchased off the broker introduced dealer. With regards to part ex I use webuyanycar to establish what the bottom book price is. My 5 door Cooper D was well over 23k list. The discount was well over 1k.
 

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Yeah there are definitely some deals to be had, i think 5% should be a minimum. If anyone happens to be in the forces or services then PM me and I'll hook you up with something even better.
 

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I managed to get total of 16% off from the list price of F55 MCS including the options. I considered it to be a really good deal so the process went from 'no-idea-at-all-to-change-car' to 'order signed' in just 48h. The biggest item on the discount was the fact that a new Mini showroom was opened mid-April and they had some good launch campaigns related to that, biggest one beging that automatic transmission was a no-cost option during the 2w launch campaign.....
 

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Elsewhere, northern europe.

As said the deal was really tempting, so I moved fast on it. Actually signed the order just about an hour before their showroom launch campaign closed. There might have been some sort of sales quota related to the new showroom launch campaign that they wanted to fill, that might have worked in my favour.

The discount on the car itself was around 6%, but the automatic gearbox as a no-cost option and really good prices I got on other options sweetened the deal quite a lot. Had I been after a base Cooper model with manual and just the basic equipment the discount would have not been nearly as good.

And of course all the options, other than the automatic gearbox, I got a good deal on are pretty much not worth a thing when I trade car in some distant future... :)
 

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Just got a car from the dealer, they offered me 3000 off MSRP... I probably can negotiate to get a few hundred dollars more off.
That's a heck of a discount. I'm sure that the discounts on floor models will be greater than a custom order though. Speaking from experience, the dealership did fall all over themselves when they realized that I was interesting to a car that they not only had on their lot, but one that had sat on the second floor display platform in the showroom for moths.
 
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