Trayed-in time

June is go­ing to be a bo­nanza for ute buy­ers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - JOSHUA DOWLING joshua.dowling@news.com.au Twit­ter @JoshuaDowl­ing

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.

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