It’s hard to buy a car right now, so if you’re hoping for some year-end deals (EOFY) to ease the friction of getting into a new set of wheels, we’ve got some bad news for you.
Because this year, just like last year, there are simply not as many EOFY bargains to be found.
And the lack of discounts comes down to one thing: demand far exceeds supply due to persistent parts shortages and long wait times.
That doesn’t mean brands aren’t trying, as this list of EOFY deals of the top 10 brands will show, but there’s no doubt that customers have had a rough time since the start of the 2020 global pandemic.
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With wait times of up to 12 months for its popular models like RAV4 and LandCruiser, it’s no wonder Toyota doesn’t have the inventory to lure buyers this fiscal year.
The only offer available on Toyota Australia’s website this year is for its HiLux ute range, with the sole incentive being a $1500 financial deposit bonus on all variants except the top-end Rugged X and Rogue.
That’s right, no driveaway deals, discounted stock or extra accessories thrown in here, sorry folks!
Mazda traditionally eschews EOFY deals in favor of its own big sales event in August or September, known as “M Day.”
This means the number two brand in Australia is likely to be holding back deals for that event, with only driveaway prices currently listed on Mazda’s website.
Either way, Mazda is increasing the value on offer in its lineup, as well as its five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, five-year roadside assistance and service at a maximum price.
Like other brands, Mitsubishi Australia struggles with supply shortages and demand exceeding supply, and has not discounted this EOFY as such.
The Mitsubishi Australia website lists driveaway prices for models such as the ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Pajero Sport and Triton, but there are no major discounts to be found here.
Of course, all Mitsubishi models sold come with a 10-year warranty and 10-year capped maintenance, as long as you service the vehicle at a Mitsubishi dealer each time.
Hyundai has EOFY specials aimed at artisans and business owners looking for a Staria-Load van.
There is a $1000 factory bonus on Crew Van body styles, while the Van version is offered with a weekly redemption of $159 at an interest rate of 3.95 percent per annum – both applicable to ABN holders.
Elsewhere, a 3.9 percent comparison rate is available for the Venue and i30 hatchback, but no major discounts or bonus offers are available here.
As everywhere else, Kia only advertises certain models on its website with driveaway prices.
There are no major discounts to be found here, but ride prices are available on models such as the Stonic, Cerato, Stinger, Picanto and Rio.
All Kia models sold come with a seven-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
Traditionally strong for EOFY deals due to its tradie-friendly lineup of Ranger, Transit and Transit Custom, Ford Australia doesn’t appear to be offering any discounts this year.
The Ford Australia ‘Offers’ section of the website simply says ‘Sorry for the wait’ and asks customers to ‘call your local Ford dealer’ as ‘they can keep you informed of vehicle arrivals and offers’ .
With the Ranger running low before the new-generation ute launches later this year, stock on the ground is expected to be thin.
Nissan is about to refresh most of its lineup with a new Qashqai, X-Trail and Pathfinder all coming before the end of the year, but don’t expect major discounts for upcoming stock.
The Nissan Australia website lists only low comparison rates for some models when financed with the brand, including 1.9 percent for Juke and Leaf and 3.9 percent for X-Trail.
However, the Navara has a 2.9 percent per year offer for ABN holders, with up to $2500 worth of factory bonus accessories on some grades.
Volkswagen actually has a few deals available on this EOFY for its Golf, T-Cross, Arteon and Amarok.
For Golf (excluding GTI and R) and T-Cross, VW offers a three-year/45,000 km service plan worth $1450 and $1300, respectively, which covers scheduled maintenance over that period.
The Arteon 140TSI Elegance sedan scores a free five-year/75,000 km care plan worth $2500.
The Amarok V6 Highline TDI580 also has a 1.99 percent financing campaign, while the Core TDI420 and V6 Core TDI550 come bundled with Enduro Accessory Packs, but stock is limited as it has reached the end of its lifecycle.
Subaru currently has no offers for this EOFY, but is running a promotion where owners can win a trip to Perisher when they book a service online.
Subaru’s next-generation WRX sedan and Sportwagon can also be pre-ordered with the option of guaranteed future value when financed through the brand’s services.
All new Subaru vehicles sold come with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
There are no special discounts or offers available in MG’s lineup, which is already listed with driveaway prices.
However, MG is giving this EOFY a free gift with every new car purchase, where buyers can choose from a basketball, NRL ball, AFL ball or netball “to celebrate the quarter of the sport,” according to the brand.
As always, MG products are backed by a seven year/unlimited mileage warranty.