HOW TO BEAT THE WAITING LISTS
1 Buy from the floor
If the model you want is in stock, move quickly and crunch a deal. More importantly, ask if they have a registered demonstrator because there are always deals on cars which have been pre-registered to get bonuses from head office.
2 Compromise on colour and equipment
If getting exactly what you want means a waiting list, consider a different colour or trim to get something already in stock. It’s the same story for optional equipment, which can add months for a special build at an overseas factory.
3 Get the dealer to shop around
Just because your local dealer doesn’t have a car doesn’t mean there isn’t one. They can always check throughout their networks and track down your choice, even if it means a little extra on shipping costs.
4 Use the telephone
If you know what you want, call around — locally and interstate — to get it. Many dealers are prepared to organise a delivery away from their home base and you could get a better price on something they have in stock.
5 Hustle, hustle, hustle
Don’t just sit and wait for an update, be proactive and chase your dealer. Don’t stop at the sales staff, either, make sure the sales manager and the dealer principal also know who you are and what you want.