Buyer beware - but car from mandataire could save 46%

They have been part of the French car scene for years but mandataires, offering discounts on new and used vehicles imported from other EU countries, have not entered the mainstream.

Now there is renewed interest in their offers, especially as incentives to buy cleaner vehicles apply to them as well as mainstream dealers.

Operating in what car manufacturers sometimes call a “grey market”, mandataires buy cars abroad and sell them on.

Germany, Italy and the Netherlands are often listed as source countries and the EU’s single market makes it all legal.

How mandataires, and the trade platforms they use, get such good deals on new cars is always a delicate subject.

Car hire companies, including bank-owned specialist ...

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