AS THE retailer that introduced the day to the UK more than a decade ago, it’s no surprise that Amazon Black Friday deals are some of the best around for motorists seeking savings.
We’re all familiar with the breadth of products offered on the online marketplace, making it a perfect online destination for thrifty petrolheads: it sells everything from car shampoo and air fresheners to tools, pressure washers and even tyres — and there are discounts across the board come November.
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When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday is on November 26 this year, the day after Thanksgiving, a holiday celebrated in the United States of America and a few other countries. In the US, Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
Many people in the US are given Black Friday off work, and we’ve become familiar with scenes of carnage in department stores as shoppers scramble to find the best deals. However, there are also loads of discounts to be found online, allowing you to shop in the tranquility of your own home.
To make it even more serene, we’ve compiled this guide to the best Amazon deals for motorists that you can find this November.
Does Amazon do Black Friday?
Amazon doesn’t just do Black Friday — along with a few other American-owned retailers, it’s responsible for introducing the event to UK customers back at the start of the 2010s.
You’ll find deals across the website, covering everything from clothes and cosmetics to alcohol and audio accessories. And, of course, you’ll find plenty of great car-related bargains.
With so many things on offer in Amazon’s Black Friday sale, it’s always best to know what you’re looking for ahead of time, so you can log on, add to basket, pay and log off. It’s online shopping made easy.
When does Amazon’s Black Friday sale start?
Amazon Black Friday deals are fabulous but fleeting — unlike some retailers that begin discounting items days or even weeks ahead of Black Friday itself, Amazon usually starts at some point on Thanksgiving itself.
That gives you just a limited window of time to nab a deal. So, like we said, it’s useful to know exactly what you’re looking for.
When does Amazon’s Black Friday sale end?
Some Amazon deals will be live for just 24 hours or so — many offers expire at the end of Black Friday itself, while some last through the weekend into Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is an online-based sibling event to Black Friday, and together they bookend the final weekend of November. This year, Cyber Monday is on November 29. You can expect Amazon Black Friday offers that don’t finish on Black Friday to end then.
While Amazon’s deals are generous, blink and you’ll miss them.
What was in Amazon’s Black Friday sale last year?
Thanks to a slow increase in car thefts and road accidents, dash cams are becoming more and more popular in the UK. They’re extremely useful in solving disagreements regarding the circumstances of a collision, while the footage is increasingly used as evidence in court cases.
And to get the peace of mind offered by a dash cam, you don’t have to fork out wads of cash — in Amazon’s Black Friday sales, basic models can cost less than £20, while you can get discounts worth hundreds of pounds on more expensive models from Garmin.
- Nextbase 622GW, £247.00 – buy here
- Garmin 66W, £129 – buy here
- Garmin DriveAssist 51LMT-S, £169.99 – buy here
- Toguard FHD 1080P Dash Cam, £47.99 – buy here
- Apeman 1080p Mini Dash Cam, £19.99 – buy here
- Innosinpo Dash Cam FHD 1080P, £18.39 – buy here
Many new cars come with built-in sat navs but some models in basic specs, as well as second hand cars, still need navigation assistance. Smartphone app-based services work well but many still find dedicated sat navs from the likes of TomTom and Garmin to be superior.
Last year Amazon offered up to 50% off TomTom sat navs and accessories, as well as 20% off Garmin tech, meaning that the saving that you got from your sat nav-less secondhand model just got even bigger.
- Garmin DriveAssist 51LMT-S 5 Inch Sat Nav, £169 – buy here
- TomTom Car Sat Nav GO Basic, £104.99 – buy here
- TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6200 with European Maps and Traffic Services – buy here
- Awesafe 9-inch Sat Nav, £63.99 – buy here
Child car seats
Child car seats can be one of the very many expensive parts of having children — as they get taller and heavier, you find they grow out of the baby seats, going from Group 0 (for babies aged between six and nine months) to Group 3 (for kids aged between six and 12).
Grabbing one on Black Friday, then, means that you can save yourself a decent amount of money: last year, Amazon offered up to 38% off child car seats from Maxi-Cosi, Britax Römer and Graco, which, in some cases, translated in to savings of nearly £100.
If you’re struggling to pick a car seat for your growing child, you might be interested in reading our roundup of the best 9 best toddler car seats for 2021. One of our favourites, the Maxi-Cosi Axiss Swivelling car seat, was on sale on Amazon last year for £123.95 — a discount of £75.05.
- Maxi-Cosi Axiss Swivelling Toddler Car Seat, (9 months – 4 years, 9-18kg), £123.95 – buy here
- Maxi-Cosi Beryl Isofix Car Seat with G-Cell Technology (0-7 years, up to 25kg), £223.30 – buy here
- Britax Römer Kidfix 2 S Isofix (Group 2-3, 15-36kg), £129.99 – buy here
- Cosatto Ninja Child Car Seat, (4-12 years, 15-36kg), £44.95 – buy here
- Graco SnugEssentials i-Size Infant Car Seat (0-12 months, 40-75cm), £67.99 – buy here
Pressure washers are a great, versatile bit of kit to have around the house; as well as making cleaning your car super easy, they can be used to wash your driveway or decking, saving you massive amounts of time compared to more hands-on methods.
However, buying one from a household name like Kärcher isn’t cheap — unless you buy one in a Black Friday sale. Last year, Amazon offered Kärcher goods at a 45% discount, which really takes the sting out of the price tag.
There was also £150 off a heavy-duty Briggs & Stratton Elite Petrol Pressure Washer, which comes with four spray tips and Quiet Sense technology, which makes it 40% quieter once the trigger is released.
- Kärcher K3 Home Pressure Washer, £86.19 – buy here
- Kärcher K4 Compact Pressure Washer, £136 – buy here
- Briggs & Stratton Elite Petrol Pressure Washer, £449 – buy here
Being a DIYer is very handy but buying huge spanner and socket sets or power tools can make it expensive. However, last year Amazon offered customers up to 40% off on power tools, hand tools and accessories — making buying a Christmas gift for your favourite tinkerer much easier.
- Workpro 450-Piece Drive Socket Set, £135.99 – buy here
- Bosch 70 Pc Titanium Drill and Screwdriver Set, £15.99 – buy here
- Bosch PMF 220 CE Multi-Tool, £50.99 – buy here
- Bosch Screwdriving Set with Mini Ratchet, £11.99 – buy here
- Dremel 3000 Rotary Tool, £29.99 – buy here
What to look out for in Amazon’s sale this year
In a word, everything — Amazon sells somewhere in the region of 12 million products, meaning that drivers are almost guaranteed to find something they like on the online marketplace.
You’ll be able to find discounts that translate to hundreds of pounds on tech such as dash cams and sat navs,
Does Amazon offer a student discount?
If you provide your academic email address and graduation year, you can sign up to Amazon Prime Student. Although this doesn’t get you discount on products, it entitles you to free one-day delivery on tonnes of items as well as access to thousands of shows and films through Prime Video.
You can get a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime Student here. After the trial period, you’ll pay half of a normal Prime subscription — just £3.99 a month.
Does Amazon offer an NHS discount?
Unfortunately Amazon doesn’t offer any official discount to NHS workers.
Does Amazon offer a military discount?
Like health workers, veterans and those who work in the armed forces are not entitled to any bespoke Amazon discounts.
How much does shipping cost?
Millions of products on Amazon are eligible for free delivery if you’re a member of Amazon Prime, which costs £7.99 per month (although you can get a 30-day trial for free).
The membership entitles you to free same-day delivery in some postcodes, as well as access to Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Reading.
If you choose not to buy a Prime Membership you can still get free delivery on certain orders fulfilled by Amazon. Delivery fees for orders not fulfilled by Amazon can vary.
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