The cal­en­dar is tick­ing down

Fremantle Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

A PER­FECT storm is brew­ing for new-car bar­gains as we near the end of the year.

Sales have fallen for five months in a row, deal­ers are over­stocked and, be­cause it takes months to can­cel fac­tory or­ders, there are still shiploads head­ing our way.

This month’s deals aren’t the best we've ever seen but there are still plenty of worth­while bar­gains with de­cent sav­ings if you need a new car by the end of the month.

The cheap seats still have a lot to of­fer: pay $17,490 drive-away for a Toy­ota Yaris or Kia Rio hatch.

The Toy­ota wins on re­sale value but the Kia has an in­dus­try-lead­ing sev­enyear war­ranty and a cou­ple of con­ve­nience fea­tures the Yaris lacks, such as Ap­ple Car Play/An­droid Auto.

Up in size but still be­low $20,000, there are the Hyundai Elantra sedan auto at $19,990 drive-away (once a $1000 dis­count is ap­plied) or the Kia Cer­ato auto hatch at the same price. Both are in run-out.

Dis­counts on the Mazda3 bring the Neo Sport with auto to $23,490 drive-away; if the car you want is in stock, press the dealer for fur­ther sav­ings. The sporty Mazda3 SP25 can be had for $27,990 with auto, or less than a base Corolla hatch.

The Hyundai i30 Go with auto is down to $22,490 drive-away with a $500 dis­count. Holden deal­ers still have a ready sup­ply of As­tra R+ (with safety pack) at $21,990 drive-away with auto.

The Holden Trax city SUV is great buy­ing at $23,990 drive-away with auto, al­though it in­sists on pre­mium un­leaded.

The Hyundai Kona Go is on­line for $25,990 drive­away, mi­nus an­other $500 fac­tory bonus. Shop around and you might find a dealer who bought a job lot last month who is pre­pared to limbo even lower than this.

The Hyundai Tuc­son re­tains its $27,990 drive-away deal but the Holden Equinox LS with auto is worth a look at $29,990 drive-away.

It’s not of­ten a new model is launched at a sharp price but the Holden Aca­dia LT seven-seater is a bar­gain buy at $42,990 drive-away. It un­der­cuts the base model of the topseller in the class, the Toy­ota Kluger GX, at $43,990 drive-away.

Want to go off-road? Holden Trail­blazer starts from a su­per-low $45,990 drive-away but if you’re se­ri­ous, the Toy­ota Prado GXL auto is hard to beat at $65,990 drive-away.

With a new Triton around the cor­ner, Mit­subishi con­tin­ues to hit new lows with the best­priced ute among the main­stream brands. The Triton GLX dual-cab 4WD man­ual can be had for $32,990 drive-away, and a $2000 cash­back deal takes that down to just $30,990.

Mar­ket leader Toy­ota is also sell­ing HiLux SR5 facelifted mod­els for $54,990 drive-away with auto. Deal­ers have done the pre-facelift SR5s for $50,990 drive-away with auto.

Also worth a look: the Holden Colorado LTZ du­al­cab is a de­cent buy at $51,990 drive-away with auto. The VW Amarok Core TDV6 has fi­nally landed, with a sharp $51,990 drive-away price.

Amid hard-to-chart pric­ing strat­egy, Nis­san has the Navara ST-X dual-cab auto for $52,490 drive-away.

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