JOHN, from Sydney, is red-hot keen on a BMW M2. But he has run into all sorts of trouble on delivery dates, even after paying a cash deposit.
“The dealer can’t confirm dates. Or even that I’m actually going to get a car,” he says.
Having approached another dealer and talked to BMW Australia, he discovered there are so many M2 orders that the local HQ is allocating to dealers only when it gets confirmation from Germany on the exact numbers being built for Australia and their shipping date.
So John must wait. With his fingers crossed.
Tomas, from Melbourne, thinks the Mercedes-Benz GLC will be ideal for his family.
But the variant and colour and trim combination he wants is one of the most popular.
“I’ve been told that it will probably be March next year, or even later,” he says.
Yet by spending a little more, he can leap into the new GLC Coupe instead of the wagon, as there are cars in floor stocks at some dealers. “Now I’m not sure. I might even decide to get a C-Class Coupe instead,” he says.
Queenslander Derek is a long-time ute buyer who likes the look of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
“I’m a painter so I need a ute for work, but I also like to drive. I’ve had a couple of Falcon XR utes,” he says. “At the moment I’m driving a Ranger, but I’m thinking about moving up to the Wildtrak.”
But the waiting list is putting him off and there is a big outlay with no delivery guarantee.
“Dealers around my way are not particularly helpful. It seems like they can sell every Wildtrak they get without doing any work,” he says.