With the launch of the new 60-plate and the imminent 20 per cent VAT rise, there’s never been a better time to pick-up a used car bargain.

If you’re looking for a new motor you can save thousands of pounds by buying a nearly-new car. From superminis to supersized SUVs, from the Vauxhall Zafira to Fiat 500, here’s our pick of the 10-plate used car bargains.

While a 60-plate car would have been registered after September 1 2010, a 10-plate car would have been registered sometime between March and the end of August 2010.

These nearly new models are often ex-hire cars while others have graced the floors of a dealer showroom as a dealer demonstrator, but with up to £8,000 off the new car list price, plenty of optional extras and an ultra-low mileage on the clock, they make for a very appealing choice.

Full gallery: 10-plate bargains

Vauxhall Zafira: save £8,601

The Vauxhall Zafira is one of the most popular cars in the UK. With its seven seats, plenty of safety equipment and comfortable ride, the Zafira is a great family car.

List price of 1.9 Elite CDTi: £25,600
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £16,999
Discount: £8,601

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Vauxhall Corsa: save £4,840

With more than 1.7 million searches on Auto Trader every month, the Vauxhall Corsa is the most searched for supermini. The current design Corsa is one of the best in its class – it’s roomier, well-built and better-equipped than ever before.

List price of a 1.0 Ecoflex S 3dr: £11,030
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £6,190
Discount: £4,840

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Ford Mondeo: save £4,750

The Ford Mondeo is hugely popular with more than 1.3 million sold in the UK since 2003. It’s refined, comfortable and the estate version offers cavernous amounts of space.

List price of a 2.0 TDCi Zetec estate: £20,745
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £15,995
Discount: £4,750

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Vauxhall Astra: save £4,660

The Vauxhall Astra is the best-selling used car in the UK, thanks to its good-looks, build quality and spacious cabin. With more than 3,300 one-year-old Astras for sale on Auto Trader, there’s plenty to choose from.

List price of a 1.4T Exclusiv 5dr: £17,655
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £12,995
Discount: £4,660

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Ford Focus: save £4,195

The Ford Focus offers a comfortable drive, plenty of space and a range of efficient engines. There are more than 3,200 one-year-old Focus for sale on Auto Trader, so there’s plenty to choose from.

List price of a 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr: £22,195
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £18,000
Discount: £4,195

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BMW 3 Series: save £3,985

The BMW 3 Series is one of the UK’s best-selling cars, thanks to its good-looks, range of efficient engines and fun drive. With more than 1,400 one-year-old 3-Series for sale on Auto Trader, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you.

List price of a 318i SE: £23,480
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £19,495
Discount: £3,985

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Fiat 500: save £2,095

The new Fiat 500 introduced in 2008 is bigger in every way, but still manages to retain some of the original car’s cheeky charm. Its iconic styling and nimble handling make it a great option.

List price of a 1.4 Lounge: £12,090
10-plate average price on Auto Trader: £9,995
Discount: £2,095

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BMW X5: save £1,980

The BMW X5 is one of the most desirable cars in the UK, thanks to its aggressive stance, powerful engines and bundles of space. Used car values are high but there are still plenty of bargains to be had.

List price of an xDrive 3.0d SE: £43,980
10-plate average price on Auto Trader: £42,000
Discount: £1,980

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Ford Fiesta: save £1,700

The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars in Britain, thanks to its good-looks, comfortable ride and spacious interior. With around 4,000 one-year-old used Fiestas for sale on Auto Trader, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you.

List price of a 1.6 Titanium TDCi 5dr: £16,195,
10-plate average price on Auto Trader: £14,495
Discount: £1,700

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Volkswagen Golf: save £950

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most desirable cars on the market, thanks to its build quality, classy looks and comfortable ride. Despite its strong used car values, there are still plenty of bargains to be had.

List price of 2.0GT diesel 5dr: £21,380
10-plate discount average price on Auto Trader: £20,430
Discount: £950

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By Rhian Angharad Jones