BID­ING TIME

Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

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.

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