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By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Buying a new car is always a huge investment and we want to make sure we get both a great quality car and a good deal.

Aussies continue lining up to buy Commodores and Toyota Corollas, but what about buying a car that is equally as good at a fraction of the cost?

We're talking about less known brands like Renault, Skoda and Alfa that all produce exceptional vehicles thousands of dollars cheaper than their competitors.

Wheels Magazine's John Cadogan is a motoring guru and former car engineer. He chose four new cars that dealerships are practically 'giving away'.

The first up is:

RENAULT SCENIC


"The sales figures don't paint a pretty picture with only 22 selling Australia-wide in March," John said.

"Frankly Renault is a bit of a secret in the Australian market place, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great car. With a five-star safety rating, the Renault is better equipped than most cars in Australia."

"Plus, when you're selling on 22 of these a month you can walk into the dealer and he will fall over himself to sell you one."

Priced at only $33,900, the Italian designed car is a great option for a family wanting a versatile and flexible car with an outstanding safety record.

The Scenic also makes sense because it has a raft of storage options throughout the car, key card entry, regulated air conditioning and sun blinds.

Next up is:

HYUNDAI SONATA

"I can not understand why they're not selling 500-600 Sonatas a month," John says.

"They're super affordable, they go well, they fit the family, what's not to like?"

Sonatas are priced from $25,990 and only 82 were sold in Australia during all of March.

"The Sonata comes with a five year unlimited warranty, stability control and power everything."

"Plus in a few weeks you'll be able to buy this car with a diesel engine and save even more money on fuel."

Next winner is:

SKODA ROOMSTER

First thing you might be asking yourself is what on earth is a Skoda? I've never even heard of a car maker with that name!

Well don't worry you can be rest assured that Skoda is a quality car. Skoda are owned by the Volkswagen group who own Audi, Lamborghini and they're here to stay.

They might not look like an Audi or Lamborghini, but these quality cars are great for families.

Priced from $26,990 you could walk into a dealership and cut a killer deal for yourself.

Only 13 were sold during the month of March.

"You know you want to shove the dogs in the back and you want seating capacity and you want space for the second row so the Roomster is sensational.

Finally on the pricier end is:

ALFA GT

If you want something a bit sexier and with a bit of Italian blood in it, then the Alfa GT may be your car.

"The Italians build the world's most beautiful cars and I can't understand why people aren't queuing 18 deep to buy them."

The GT is priced from $55,000 and only 18 were sold in March.

So now that you have a shortlist of some of the best undervalued cars when is the best time to purchase one?

Experts we spoke to say the best time is towards the end of the month when the dealer needs to make target.

You should also be able to save at least a $1000 by demanding they scrap the dealer delivery charge.

More information including reviews, pictures and analysis can be found at

Wheels Magazine

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