Hot weather spells the right time for winter vehicles

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The soaring temperatures suggest now would be the ideal time to buy a convertible.

But leading vehicle remarketing specialist British Car Auctions (BCA) is actually advising that the better deals to buy right now will be the cars that cope with the snow, rain and the stormy weather of winter.

Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA Used Car Market Reports, used car buyers that buck the weather trends can benefit from some significant savings.

“Average values for 4x4’s tend to peak as the weather worsens, as our Pulse Price Report proves each winter,” he said. “With the sharpest price rises tending to occur in the wake of any heavy snowfall, floods or storms – especially if these have longer lasting effects on travel conditions – the more the mercury drops the higher the prices go. Indeed, nothing makes a four-wheel drive more attractive than a dusting of snow.

“Despite our notoriously changeable weather, British motorists buy more convertibles than our European cousins and values tend to rise as the warmer months approach.

“In terms of value for money, the best time to buy would be the depths of winter as that is when values average the lowest across the board.

“Currently values for convertibles are 23 per cent higher than they were over the final quarter of last year. Some of this will undoubtedly be down to changing model mix in a relatively low volume sector but the general trend is clear.”