June is going to be a bonanza for ute buyers
THE brands are sharpening their pencils and creating special models to cash-in during June, the biggest month for ute sales.
Mitsubishi and Nissan are back to their usual tricks with the Triton and Navara down in the low $30,000 bracket or less drive-away. As these are the two oldest utes on the market, they’re trying to clear the decks before new models arrive late this year or early next.
Mitsubishi’s headline price on the Triton is $31,990 driveaway for the crew-cab GLX Plus 4WD, with six airbags, stability control and Bluetooth as standard. There’s $2000 cash back, which brings the price down to an astonishing $29,990 drive-away. Use the saving to help cover the cost of metallic paint ($495), or order one in solid white or red and pocket the lot.
The Triton has the longest warranty in the ute class, five years or 130,000km, and the peace of mind of capped price servicing. The downsides: the Triton’s towing capacity is among the weakest in the class (3000kg versus the benchmark of 3500kg), its cabin is not as roomy and it doesn’t drive as well as the newer rivals.
Toyota has a special edition HiLux SR crew cab 4WD at $39,990 drive-away, without any cash back. The same warning on metallic paint applies, although in this instance it costs $550 extra. And the HiLux’s towing capacity is even lower than the Mitsubishi’s (2500kg). But it has the cheapest capped price servicing deal.
Buyers looking for a cheap, single-cab ute with a drop-side tray are spoiled for choice.
A HiLux single-cab 2WD petrol manual with an alloy tray and air-con is $21,990 driveaway.
The Triton single cab 2WD petrol manual with a tray is $19,990 plus the $1000 cash back, to $18,990 in the traffic. A diesel Triton with a tray is $22,990 plus $1000 cashback.
Even Ford has weighed in on ute month. The Ranger, which has rarely appeared in discount ads, is finally at a more realistic price: $41,990 drive-away for the middle of the range XLS crew cab.
However, that money only buys the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel, not the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel. At least it has a 1.1-tonne payload and 3500kg towing capacity.
There are deals aplentyon the Nissan Navara (typically in the low $30,000s drive-away) but the company has begun advertising low finance offers to make the drastic discounts less obvious to anyone who paid a higher price earlier in the Navara’s life.
Volkswagen is also having a red-hot go with the Amarok pick-up but, as with Nissan, it’s disguising the deals with low interest rate offers.
This is a timely reminder to find out what the best price on the vehicle is if you pay cash or arrange your own finance, and then compare it to the price using the promotional low finance offer.