QUESTION: I'm looking at purchasing a new small car. This car was No 1. on the 2013 Australia's Best Cars rating website (under $35k) . I've spoken to a dealer in Hobart today who has stated drive away for $21,500 for a current in stock and recently registered car. A couple of questions:
- Is this car a value buy?
- Can your broker find a better price, delivered to Tasmania?
- Is there a better small car option on the market?
In response to the specific points you raised:
- The Hyundai i30 SE is good value. The Hyundai i30 SE packs a lot of features and a long warranty into an affordable package that's also very safe. Build quality is solid and the vehicle is one of the best Hyundai has ever sold.
- I don’t know the details of exactly how low the brokerage can drive the price on the Hyundai i30 SE, delivered to Tasmania. I'll get them to call you later today.
- Difficult to answer without knowing more about the kind of things that matter to you. (Mazda has a 2.5-litre engine in the SP25, which goes better than the base i30 (and the base Mazda…) There are some diesels available for high-mileage drivers. Depends on you and what you want.
Hyundai i30 SE Images
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In summary, the i30 is a good, honest small car with lots of features for the money and a long warranty. Hyundai builds acceptable petrol engines and really good diesels, but there is a substantial premium price payable on the diesel up front. More on petrol versus diesel >>
When you say ‘recently registered’, do you mean a used car? I ask this because brokers can help only with new cars. If you mean ‘demonstrator’ I’d be a bit careful on the issue of demonstrators. Dealers put a discount up front on demonstrators but it is often insufficient to cover the real cost of depreciation at this stage of the car’s life (because you’re essentially buying a used car when you buy a demonstrator).
I’d also want to be entirely sure it hasn’t been crashed if it’s been registered and driven. If it is already registered, look at the odometer and also have a close inspection (by an expert if you're not qualified to do this) that the car has not been crashed (for example, during a test drive). I would want to know why it is already registered if it is not a demonstrator. (Car companies sometimes register cars to fudge the figures if sales are poor in a particular month, because the reported sales figures are based on registrations, not sales per se.)