EOFY car deal roundup
Wheels and deals, all in one place. This is your EOFY car sales roundup.
June is one of the best times to buy a car. Dealers are looking to get rid of the old and bring in the new before closing their books for the year and they want to get rid of as much as they can.
To make it easy for you to snap up a bargain this end of financial year (EOFY), we've rounded up the car deals and financing options.
Cheap cars to look for this EOFY
SUV sales have been going strong over the last 12 months, but in April, passenger car sales slipped into their third consecutive month of decline. Manufacturers may have overestimated demand off the back of the previous year’s sales figures and underestimated just how much small SUVs would cut into their market.
What does this mean? If you’re looking for a smart, efficient and cost-effective ride you’re in luck. Put on your sensible shoes and step on the gas in a responsible fashion, because now's a great time for these hot cars:
- 2016 Toyota Corolla Ascent Hatch: This long-time Aussie favourite may have been oversupplied, with Toyota coming in at number one for Australian sales in 2016, but slipping through 2017. Oversupply and under-demand mean it's time to pick up a steal.
- Bonus - Generally one of Australia’s cheapest cars to insure.
- Kia Rio S: You probably can’t go wrong with this family right now, and a hot manufacturer’s driveaway price of $17,490 on the 2017 model puts this at solid initial value. Haggle hard and score yourself a lonely-looking 2016 Kia Rio Premium this EOFY and you can really laugh all the way to the bank in this fun car.
- Bonus - One of Australia’s more fuel efficient and cheap-to-drive cars, plus the always good 7-year warranty.
- Hyundai Accent Active: It’s hard to beat the manufacturer’s starting driveaway price of $14,990 on the 2016 Accent Hatch Active (manual, with automatic upgrade from $15,990), and you can really expect a lot of room to maneuver this EOFY with it being largely overshadowed by 2017's highly-regarded i30 Active and other Hyundai Accent brethren. Look around and you might be able to find car dealers begging you to take an Accent home with you, at very hard to beat prices.
- Bonus - Cheap!
Remember, the manufacturers or dealers are probably going to wave financing deals at you, but remember to compare your car loan options as well.
‘Tis the season to wheel and deal on new cars, and lenders are competing just as hard as anyone else this time of year. You still have time to shop around, look over the terms carefully and make sure you’re driving away in a car, and car finance, that suits you perfectly.
Loans to use this EOFY
If you have plans to buy a car on finance in the next year, then you might not want to let this EOFY slip by. See what you'll pay for your EOFY car deal with the following loans:
EOFY car parts sales
Out with the old and in with the new. Automotive parts manufacturers are clearing out stock and making room for next year. This makes it easy to get free shipping from a range of brands at this time of year as well as deals on specific parts and items.
If you’re driving a soft top, want to replace your tires in the next year, or are looking for anything else really, it’s probably time to look around.
How to haggle this EOFY
It can be a hectic time but don’t feel rushed. The dealers and lenders are on more of a deadline than you are.
- Say no to unwanted extras. If you don’t really want it, then don’t get it unless it’s truly and absolutely free.
- Ask for the extras you do want. Rustproofing and extended warranty? Absolutely not. Free upgrades? Yes, please.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some extras to fight for, and others to ignore.
- Ask for price matching. Proof of a better deal elsewhere makes a very compelling point to the motivated seller.
- Don't bother lowballing. The next step after lowballing is to walk back up the price ladder. At this time of year, you’re more likely to walk right back up, past the price you could have gotten by starting higher. When you're looking for an EOFY car deal, it's generally better to start at already-low prices and then bring it down even more.