Wednesday, 25 April 2012 8:00 AM
Owning a prestige car is something that many motoring enthusiasts can only dream of, but if you're lucky enough to have a high net worth it's something that you can actually turn into a reality. Unsurprisingly, it takes a bit more effort to get a good deal on a Rolls-Royce or Bentley than it does for more mainstream vehicles like Peugeots, in terms of both time and money.
Of course, when you get behind the wheel of a high-performance prestige vehicle you'll soon realise it's been a worthwhile purchase. Read on to find out more about the best ways to get your hands on the car of your dreams.
Just because you have the finances to buy a luxury vehicle, it doesn't mean that you don't want a good deal. As is the case with all motorists, you'll want a bargain and attending an auction is one way you could get one. In doing so, you might have the opportunity to drive away in a car that costs you significantly less than it would when buying a similar model from a traditional dealership.
The bidding process means that as long as the initial reserve price on a luxury car has been met, there's nothing to say how much a vehicle will end up going for. If there's not much interest in a particular car, you may be lucky enough to get a real bargain, possibly saving yourself thousands of pounds.
Attending these sales in the search for a prestige car is also a good idea simply due to the sheer range of stock on display. Auction halls have new vehicles coming in on a regular basis, so there's the chance you'll come across a real gem of a car, whether it is a limited edition or rare import model that you thought you may never see in person.
However, if you've got a very specific idea about the make and model of car you want - say a Porsche 911 or Jaguar XKR-S - then it's worth checking out an auction company's sale lists in advance. As these firms tend to organise their sales by putting different kinds of car under the hammer at certain times of the week, if your heart is set on something special, you ought to do some initial research so you can time your visit to coincide with when your dream model will be on sale.
If there's a particular model you've dreamt of owning for many years, it's also worth browsing specialist dealerships' websites. This is a good way to find out what vehicles they have in stock and you can search for your dream car at any time of day or night, without having to rush down to a showroom before it closes. Once you've found one you like the look of you should be able to bring up information about it - such as its mileage, security features and - of course - asking price - that can help inform your decision on whether to purchase it.
Again, you'll want the best price possible, so spend a little time comparing deals from a range of companies to be sure that you're not only getting the car of your dreams, but that you're also not paying over the odds for it.
What happens next?
Whether you're looking for cars online or browsing a showroom or auction in person, once you have come across one you like of and have agreed on a price, you'll be keen to take it out on the road. Of course, you will want to ensure your purchase is protected, which is why it's worth spending an equal amount of time and effort on looking for prestige car insurance.
Such policies are designed with drivers of high-value cars in mind and as they typically provide fully-comprehensive cover - incorporating things like a courtesy vehicle in case you have an accident and a guarantee on repairs done by approved garages - you can be sure your new vehicle will give you many years of driving pleasure.