Hello fellow Rioters,
I thought I could share a little experience with you guys after reading a post about people having trouble buying a new vehicle (posted like 3 months ago). Basically the issue was that dealers in Canberra would not lower/haggle the advertised price like they used too.
Anyhow the short story goes, it came to my turn to buy my first new vehicle. I had done all the research in brands/models and prices via Internet etc. The car I was looking at had a RRP of $25,000 drive away. Well long story short I too found myself having much trouble getting the related dealers (only 2 in Canberra) to lower their price, the best offer I got was $25,000 +$750 ($25,750) because the ones on the ship and in stock already had alloy wheels on it (I could go without), and that they would throw in some key rings -_-.
Well I had gone home to think about it and then a thought had occurred to me…. so I checked it out there is only 2 dealers of this type in Canberra and nearly 20 of them in Sydney (more competition). So I called 1 (only 1) dealer in Sydney and told him my story. I just said “look, can you make me a deal good enough to convince me to come Sydney to at least have a look?”
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In the end the deal I got was (Exact same car MY10 2010 , 5km on the clock) $23,450 but I had to pay my own stamp duty and rego ( different state) which came to roughly $24,600 after wards, BUT they included at no cost a package they offered here in Canberra valued at $1500, also included 17″ Alloy wheels. I didn’t even mention it and they gave me key rings ^_^. I didn’t even bother haggling the Sydney dealer.
So to conclude it all I got a car that Canberra dealers would have charged me $27,250 but paid total from Sydney (after bus fare $30 (partner came) nights accommodation $110 and food $60 + car total was roughly $24,800. still less than Canberra and had a weekend get away ><.
So my point is people, for new cars have a look into dealers in Sydney as well, it doesn’t hurt to ask questions, otherwise you might be getting taken for a ride haha. As for used I’m under the impression Canberra is better for less rust, I’d never bother buying used off dealers anyhow, private only.
For those of you that are going down that path I hope this helps.