Make hay when sales are slow
DEALERS are struggling to clear stock in what is historically one of the slowest months of the year. This puts buyers in the box seat, as the deals tend to get even sharper.
But the latest deal on the Toyota Camry — $25,990 drive-away with zero interest finance — is a real eyebrowraiser. Rarely does such a sharp price come with zero finance. This is the cheapest the new Camry has ever been and is at least $8000 off the full RRP.
It’s a great car and a sensational price. No wonder just about every Uber driver has one. It’s the most metal for the money, full stop.
It’s worth noting that, unlike some low interest deals, this one has no hidden catches. It applies to “demonstrator” models but in this case that means the car is registered even though it has not been driven.
That’s because it was counted as sold in December so Toyota could hit its sales targets, even though it hadn’t reached a customer.
Toyota is more honest than some others about how it reports its figures. Other brands count the car as sold even before numberplates are attached.
This deal is nuts. One of Australia’s cheapest cars has limboed to a new low: $11,990 drive-away once a $2000 bonus is deducted from the $13,990 drive-away price. Even at the latter price, this car is a bargain thanks to its frugal engine, fivestar safety and five-year warranty, so don’t expect stock to last long. Mitsubishi must be making a loss at this price.
Automatic adds $2000 (to $15,990 drive-away) but the $2000 bonus also applies, bringing it back to $13,990 drive-away. An absolute steal.
The only catch in all of this (and among most other brands) is that metallic paint adds $590 to the price.
The Captiva is 10 years old and counting — most brands bring out new models every five or six years.
But you can’t beat this price if you’re looking for a roomy seven-seat SUV.
Holden has sharpened the pencil to take the Captiva7 to $29,990 drive-away — then the $2000 factory bonus brings the price down to $27,990 driveaway, where it has limboed previously.
Holden adds a five-year warranty and five-year roadside assistance into the deal.
Other SUVs of this size are $10,000 more. Be sure to take it for a good test drive because you’re not buying the latest technology here.
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