THIS is the time of year when we go on a car-buying spree.
At the start of September the number-plate digits change.
So everyone can tell you’ve got a new motor.
But we happen to know that only a few weeks later, a pair of best-sellers will get updates.
The Ford Fiesta and Focus are both due a makeover. So what’s the best thing to do?
Buy now and get the new 71-reg plate on your drive?
Or wait a bit and have the modifications too? Buy now, says The Sun.
First, because there are tempting discounts out there right now.
Secondly, because waiting won’t get you a better car. Just one that looks a bit different.
From the outside, you’ll see slightly re-styled grille, bumpers and lamps.
Inside, there will be new digital instruments and screen systems.
The pair of them are really just getting a quick visit to the beauty and tanning salon. Not a heart transplant or gym membership.
They don’t need any more than that. Both are already great to drive and have efficient engines.
And their existing screen set-ups are clear and easy to use.
Besides, most of us just connect our phones for music and navigation, and that won’t change.
There’s something else. Right now we’re in a global shortage of the microchips that power all sorts of car functions.
This means you might face a long wait for a new car with the exact spec you want.
Especially things like advanced driver assistance.
So picking a car off the shelf could be a wiser idea. With the Focus, it’s the ST-Line or ST-Line X versions you want, in hatchback or estate.
They have a tauter suspension than standard for a crisper drive, and their body kit and alloy wheels do the looks a favour.
A willing 1-litre engine does the job, with various power outputs available and manual or auto.
According to spec and options, list prices hover above £25,000, but you should be able to get £2,500 off. For the Fiesta, again the ST-Line and ST-Line X are the most attractive buys.
List prices depending on options and colour are about £21,000. But you can score one for £19k right now.
And that’s before you even start to haggle.
Or Ford will do zero-interest finance and £215 a month over three years on a £4,994 deposit.
If you really love driving, the souped-up Fiesta ST is a total joy.
It’s got 200hp, and you can find one for £25k new.
Frankly, to get any car that’s significantly more fun to drive, you’d be looking at spending double that amount.
Or a Toyota GR Yaris. And they’re sold out until 2023.
Ford Focus ST-Line X Edition
Price: £27,535 (less about £2,500)
Engine: 1-litre 3cyl turbo mild-hybrid
Power: 155hp, 240Nm
0-62mph: 9.2 secs
Top speed: 131mph