H​ow I knocked £10k off the price of my mum’s car.

I​ am quite the negotiatior if I do say so myself :)

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W​ritten by: Rahil Hashmi

T​he BMW X6- it isn’t exactly popular. With it’s lack of offroad capabilities tied together with its egg-like shape, it isn’t difficult to see why most people despise it.

T​he thing is, my mum doesn’t fall into that category which is one of the reasons that she needed up buying one. Though she doesn’t know as much as I do, it’s safe to say that she likes cars and that she has a passion for them.

N​ow, when we were looking at cars back in late 2018, we considered a lot of cars but when my mum test drove the X6, she ended up buying one 20 minutes later.

O​riginally, the car was priced at a hefty sum of £72,000. It’s the M40d which means that it’s got a twin-turbocharged I6 that produces a healthy 320hp, it’s got the optional Harmon Kardon sound system along with a retractable sunroof; 20 inch alloy wheels; 3-year warranty; sports seats and everything else that you could possibly want which is why the dealership priced it at £72k.

O​ne thing I like about my mum is that she’s incredibly wise when she’s thinking- I say this because before they X6, she drove an old 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-class. She had the money to upgrade for about 3 years but she didn’t because she wanted to make the decision right for her. If I were in her shoes, I would’ve gotten rid of that crappy car the day I could’ve but then again, I am nowhere near as wise or as patient as my mother.

S​o, we wanted to buy the X6 but £72k was simply too much. Luckily, the dealership we bought the car from had some sort of special event going on which was one of the reasons that we got so much of a discount.

N​ow, this was back in late 2018 and I knew that the 3rd gen X6 was about to be released which is how I knew that the dealership wanted this car gone- after all, it had been stored in a warehouse for months on end with 0 mileage and they knew that as soon as the new X6 hit the roads, the 2nd gen would go down in value so I decided to use this as my leverage.

So, after convincing the dealership to give a discount, we all needed to come to an agreement as to how much we would get. After comparing the X6 to a few other cars for sale, we agreed on £10k.

W​hat next?

I​dk tbh.

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Comments (20)

  • Do you not think the dealer over priced it in the first place. Whilst you had the foresight to negotiate, there are some that are just swayed by a bmw badge that would just pay the list price leaving the dealer laughing all the way to the bank.

      20 days ago
    • Well, it was a brand new car and when they totted up all of the options, £72k is what it came to.

        20 days ago
    • Ouch.

      Expensive BMW’s are depreciation disasters and in the UK they tend to be heavily discounted. Just look at the price of cars that are 3 months old with sub 1000 miles.

      BMW dealers know this and to sell new ones to hit volume quotas they...

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        20 days ago
  • So you knocked a a 2008 x6 off a 2018 x6, that’s insane negotiationing, I feel I need a lesson.

      20 days ago
  • What made your mom buy an X6...

      20 days ago
  • No matter how much you knocked off the original MSRP, it’s still an X6...

      20 days ago
    • I think that it’s about time I make a post explaining why we bought the X6- you may understand it after lol

        20 days ago
    • I refuse to. I’d rather drive a Multipla (preferably an LB one) than an X6.

        20 days ago
  • X6 is unpopular?? Come to Russia mate, the damn things are everywhere, I can spot half a dozen of those as I drive to work.

    Good for you on that bargaining thing though. You knew you had the leverage, and you used it wisely, nice work. You nocked off the sum I've just paid for a 2013 Merc C180 coupe

      19 days ago