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The latest COVID-19 outbreak has sent Australian cities into lockdown, but you can still buy a new car. And not only that, there’s stock at dealerships now, which means you don’t have to wait. CarsGuide has done the digging here again, to track down where to buy cars without waiting, and we’ll tell you how to buy them during a lockdown, too.
Last week, we put together a list of dealerships in Sydney and Melbourne with cars you can buy now without having to wait. Yep, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic and the delays as a result of the semi-conductor shortage, we got on the phone and rang a stack of dealerships in both cities to find out what stock they had on the showroom floor that people could buy and drive away right now.
The results were astounding: every dealership we called had stock of some kind. Some had plenty. And as long as you weren’t fussed by colour or particular grade, you could get into a Toyota HiLux, a Ford Ranger or Everest, the new Volkswagen Golf, the new Nissan Navara Pro-4X, Corollas and Camrys galore and almost any BMW – apart from the 4 Series.
Now that Melbourne has just entered a snap lockdown, we’ve got back on the phone and made the calls again.
New-car dealerships are open for business in Melbourne in this lockdown, but as with the stay-at-home orders we’ve been through in the past, you’ll have to buy the car using a ‘click and collect’ system.
This doesn’t mean you can’t go to the dealership. City Kia in Richmond says customers can still walk around the cars outside, and they’ll arrange for a salesperson to call you to talk you through what you’re looking at over the phone. City Kia, as with many other dealerships, are producing short walk-through videos for customers as well explaining the features and prices.
The first thing to do, though, is to call a dealership and tell them what you’re looking for. If they don’t have it in stock, then call around. If you end up finding the car you want but it’s outside the maximum distance you can travel, then there are some dealerships who will deliver the car to your driveway.
When it comes to paying, you’ll do the paperwork all online and finish with a funds transfer before being invited to pick up the car in a way that follows the COVID guidelines.
So, what cars can you buy in Melbourne right now without waiting?
City Kia in Richmond has the current Sportage in stock - they have two GT-Lines in Black and Crystal White. There’s also a Cerato GT, which they’re taking $1000 off because it hasn’t been fitted with the upgraded stereo. The Rio GT-Line is also in stock there, and it’s a white one.
City Kia will also deliver the car to you if they’re outside your travel restriction limit.
Essendon Volkswagen has five T-Rocs available to buy and drive away immediately. All five are the 140TSI, which is the hero of the range and start at about $40,500. There’s even one with the Ravenna Blue metallic paint.
Essendon Volkswagen also has the Passat R-Line, which lists for about $64k and has the potent 206kW turbo-petrol engine. Oh, and it’s grey.
There’s also a Polo in the Trendline grade, or if you want a bit more bang for your buck, there’s a GTI version.
Along with those, the same dealership also has a Tiguan in the Wolfsburg Edition in stock, and if you’re after the latest-generation Golf (Mk8), they have just one on the showroom floor and it’s white; it’s the Life grade and it has your name on it.
BMW at Southbank and they’ve told us they can find you nearly any BMW model you want and have you in it within 72 hours – apart from the new 4 Series, which is in very short supply.
If it’s the outgoing X3 you’re after, they have it in black and white, even in M Sport specification. There’s also an M3 Competition in Isle of Man Green waiting for somebody to buy it. The M3 Competition lists for $154,900.
Brighton Nissan has Navaras ready right now, including the top-of-the-range and hard-to-come-by-right-now PRO-4X. This one is on the dealership floor now. It was allocated to a customer who then changed their mind. Their loss, your win. It’s red, it’s an auto and it’s $63k.
Brighton Nissan also has two other entry-grade SL dual-cab 4x4 Navaras in stock. One is a demo model, the other is brand new. A 4x2 Navara ST in Frozen Silver is also ready to buy.
We’ve put together that list just by picking up the phone and randomly calling dealerships, and there are far more out there we didn’t get to speak to.
What it proves is that despite the lengthy delays COVID is causing on some models such as the RAV4 and Kia Seltos, there are many other models which are on showroom floor and dealer lots ready to be bought without delay. The only thing that’s different is the click and collect system now in place during lockdown.