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Unprecedented new-car delays and extensive waiting times are severely crimping the eagerly-awaited annual end-of-financial-year (EOFY) sales that provide a boon to car dealers and some fantastic discounts for buyers.
The pandemic has trickled its effects down to new-vehicle sales and many importers, distributors and dealers simply don’t have the usual backlog of stock available to start wielding the attractive price cuts of previous years.
Customers have to look around as some brands don’t have much to offer this EOFY period, and others have some deals that may be perfect. Stock remains tight so although there are discounts, buyers should be aware that not all dealers have the full range and advertised vehicles may not be available in a buyer’s colour choice.
We’ve searched the major brands to find some solid offers that will save a few thousand dollars plus quickly deliver a new vehicle into hands of customers.
Hyundai Australia told us it will carry over to June the drive-away pricing and offers that it had in May.
The company said it has good stock levels across its dealership network. It currently has a few good deals, including the Kona automatic at $28,990 drive-away, a saving of $1331, and a Santa Fe 4x4 diesel seven-seater at $49,990, down $4034.
Kia Australia maintains that its offers run throughout the year and that the EOFY isn’t a major focus. It said it retains the drive-away pricing and plans limited-time retail offers for customers.
However, the Kia Cerato S auto hatch and GT hatch are now $25,490 and $35,990 drive-away respectively, saving $3507 and $2622. There’s also the Sportage S auto at $32,290 and the upmarket GT-Line AWD at $48,790, saving $3484 and $3166 apiece.
Under its “loyalty offer” for May and June, Subaru Australia is now offering two years of free scheduled servicing and five years of roadside assistance across all its models.
Mazda Australia said it has just had an update on its stock for June and there’s a strong availability on the range.
There are cars in dealership showrooms so buyers should visit dealers to check availability and to see what grades and variants are on offer, along with any price offers.
Good news for trades and leisure buyers is the recent plentiful supply of BT-50s – including drive-away pricing deals – that suit this financial year’s instant tax write-off for items including commercial vehicles.
The tax write-off has been extended for 2021 and delivery dates have also been extended.
Ford Australia said it plans to offer competitive retail deals through the traditional EOFY period, which it regards as an important time for dealers and customers.
The ubiquitous Ranger dual-cab ute can be had for $48,990 drive-away for the mid-spec XLS 4x4 version, a hefty $9991 off the recommended price. For families wanting a rugged seven-seater, CarsGuide spotted the Everest Trend 4x4 with the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel and 10-speed automatic for $63,990 on the road, a discount of $5566.
Nissan Australia told CarsGuide that it also regarded the period as an important purchasing time for customers, and has vowed to “offer relevant and compelling value to customers looking to purchase a new vehicle during this time”.
An example of what’s available at Nissan dealerships is the Navara ST-X dual-cab ute with automatic transmission for $57,290 drive-away for ABN buyers, a saving of $7847.
For the suburbs, there’s a Nissan X-Trail ST automatic for $33,990 (saving $3004) or the top-shelf Ti variant at $46,490, saving $5300.