A good time to buy a small car is now, with dealers wanting to get rid of their old stock with the 68 registration numbers hot on their forecourts.

And one car which you should look at is the Nissan Micra, which is now in its fifth generation. While summer’s record temperatures might be over but Nissan is keeping things hot with some pretty good offers to tempt customers.

These limited time PCP finance offers, which are available until the end of September 30, encompass the brand’s passenger car model range, including the new Micra.

Depending on the model, customers can choose from three-year PCP deals and there’s also an additional £750 deposit contribution on selected vehicles for customers who sign up for a test drive of the Micra before the end of September.

Selected offers include a Nissan deposit contribution of up to £4,500 and the availability of cost-saving servicing plans from only £249.

Nic Verneuil, marketing director at Nissan said: “With the arrival of the new 68-registration plate, Nissan’s consumer offers strike the balance of affordability and hassle-free ownership.”

The Micra comes with style, specification and affordability for small car buyers.

If you do the Nissan deposit contribution of up to £2,000 when purchased via the 4.99 per cent APR representative offer an additional £750 deposit contribution is available on selected grades when a test drive is taken.

Alternatively, the 0% APR representative offer also qualifies for a £750 test drive boost, meaning the Micra Acenta Limited Edition IG 71 with optional metallic paint is available for only £149 per month with a customer deposit of £2,857.89. Both options offer a two-year servicing plan for £249.

For further information on the PCP offers go to www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/offers.html The Micra has been around for years and seen both good and bad times. But at the moment they are right in the middle of a good time.

Prices start around £12,000 and there is a touch of the French of this model which makes sense because not only have Renault and Nissan have done a partnership deal but this Micra is manufactured in France.

It has a 0.9-litre engine which is used in the Clio and which emits 104g/km CO2 and is surprisingly nippy. It won’t do much more than 100mph but it will give you more than 60 miles to the gallon.

There are five variants Visia, Visia+, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna – and the mid-spec Acenta, gets 16in alloys, cruise control, the Drive Assist Display and a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen.

This will be the favourite amongst buyers in the UK and will cost you a little more than £15,000.

There are very few cars around these days and the Micra is actually one of the best. It handles well, is fun to drive and good value for money.

While it is not actually a Sunderland car from the UK fleet it has all the quality, which is part of the Japanese/UK standards.

Two years ago more than half a million cars were built in Sunderland and since they have been operating here more than nine million cars have been built in the UK.

Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles last year.