There is a significant Santa Fe discount opportunity now. Sales are under immense pressure - a real opportunity for you to save serious cash.Read More
One of the most amazing rip-offs built into the new car buying process is a thing called, innocuously enough, dealer delivery charge. Let’s put that under the microscope.Read More
With the brokers you recommend, once I select a vehicle can I get their price before I go to the dealer? I've previously had company cars and on mid-range Ford and Subaru WRX (not me) we'd get $5-6K off but that's gong back nearly 10 years so maybe that sort of discount is not there any more. I can possibly buy using an ABN as I'm self employed - do the brokers know the in-outs of that situation or is it more a question for my accountant?Read More
I want to make use of the EOFY sales and want to buy a Toyota Kluger GXL. It advertises the full drive away price (12 month rego and ctp) as around $55k. How much do you think I can realistically haggle it down to?Read More
Hi John, Hyundai is offering a special on the Hyundai i30 Trophy with $2000 worth of accessories. There is also a dealer discount of $3939 which brings the driveaway price down to around $24,500. I just watched your 'How to beat a Car Dealer' video. Should i still be asking for 15% less with this car?Read More
No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Noooooooooooooooo. Here's why.Read More
Daniel said he wanted an SUV triple-test. Jeep V Mazda V Hyundai - admittedly unconventional all-terrain bedfellows. Here's one I prepared earlier...Read More
Another reader-based SUV three-way comparo. Three of the best in the market, too. (Although the Sube's a bit clubbed-by-ugly-stick. Still, it's all in the eye of the beholder, right?)Read More
Get organised and protect your own best interests when you buy a new car - otherwise this could happen to you...Read More
I listen to you on Radio 2UE overnight. I have a 2004 Honda CRV sport with 172,000km- should I trade in or sell? I want another car like a CRV and Iam looking at the RAV 4 and Santa Fe. I have a family of 5 with 3 kids (6, 8, 11). Occasionally I tow a trailer with rubbish to the tip. Whenever we go out as a family we would go in this car. We don't go off road, but I like sitting higher than in a normal sedan. We would take this car on any holidays we went on. I drive this car to work (40km per day return trip). I do approx. 22,000km per year.
Keith asks: Is the Kia Rio really a sensible alternative to a Japanese or European compact car?Read More
My family needs to swap a November 2008 year Hyundai Elantra manual with 43,000km in excellent condition and a June 2012 Ford Focus Trend Automatic with 17,500kms excellent condition.
Looking at an automatic Mazda 3 or Hyundai i30 or whatever is similar.
Thank your for your assistance with this matter.
Hi John, I have been listening to your approach re purchasing a new car on Radio 2UE and how I should get at least 10 per cent off the RRP. My question is, does this apply to a special offer? For example, we are looking at buying a Ford Territory TX Diesel (with added 3rd row). The special offer price is $39,990 from Ford. Dealers seem to hint they have less room to move, should the 10 per cent off rule still apply?
Dealer delivvery charge: $2k to deliver a car worth less than $40k? You've got to be kidding me - that's a thinly masked rip-off. Here's how to avoid it.Read More
You're buying a new car. It's an endurance event. Towards the pointy end of the deal, three of the most useless offers will be made to you - guaranteed. It's got me stuffed how they can do this to you with a straight face ... and expect you to come back and purchase a car next time. The three rip-off offers (which are tidy little earners for the dealership) are:Read More
Interest rates are at record lows, and new car marketing campaigns centred on zero per cent finance have arisen. It’s an effective selling tool, but if your IQ is in fact greater than the room temperature there’s something decidedly wonky about zero per cent finance. Here’s why.
Negotiating with a car dealer is like swimming with sharks. The dealer will do anything to get that signature on a contract and a deposit paid. He wants to wrap you up, right now, and he has a sophisticated armada of lies and half-truths at his disposal to get you across the lineRead More
Buying is an endurance event – you meet sales guy, the sales manager, the finance guy, then the accessories guy. It seems like it’ll never end, and it’s all designed to wear you down – so the dealer’s three-phase vacuum cleaner can commence sucking your bank account dryRead More
When you’re buying a new car, you're usually conducting three simultaneous financial transactions: Buying the new car, selling the old car and purchasing the finance. Dealers love this, because it makes them rich. You need to checkmate them on this.Read More
Turn the tables on car dealer rip-offs