Skip the line! New cars can be bought – and driven – today

Skip the line!  New cars can be bought – and driven – today

Most major car brands have been hit by chronic inventory shortages and long delivery delays over the past two years. But amidst the Armageddon of Autogasse, some green sprouts are emerging.

Two years of crippling inventory shortages and record wait times for new cars are slowly coming to an end – if you’re willing to look around and know where to look.

Production line slowdowns and supply shortages have wreaked havoc across the automotive industry, increasing wait times from three months to two years and more.

While popular car brands Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai and Kia still have a long way to go for most models – and the supply remains too patchy for us to compile a reliable list – journey has unearthed a number of vehicles in different market segments that are available and ready to go today.

Here is our top 10 List of new cars with immediate delivery and ready to drive today – or have comparatively short waiting times of a few weeks instead of a few months.

Warning: Not every dealer has all of these cars listed, but we’ve searched enough showrooms from the following brands to know that if one dealer doesn’t have stock, the next one probably will.

Ford Ranger XL

The waiting times for the top versions of the new Ford Ranger generation such as XLT, Sport and Wildtrak – especially the variants equipped with the optional turbodiesel V6 – are six to 18 months.

But Ford dealers struggle to get customers to even open the Ford Ranger’s door with the cheap seats, steel wheels, and vinyl flooring.

Maybe it’s the ugly halogen headlights that really turn off, but whatever the reason, the plain Ford Ranger XL and XLS seem like a sellable.

That’s why Ford is airing radio advertisements in all major capital cities – and regional areas – to help clean up the decks (and showroom forecourts) of the ugly ducklings of the Ford Ranger family.

All models feature the full range of advanced safety technologies. The standard single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel is bold enough for light duty and super efficient.

So if you’re dying to get into a new Ford Ranger and can live with the dull looks and weaker performance of the halogen headlights – a clear signal to others that you’re in the cheap seats – you can drive away in a new Ute today.

Ford Everest ambience and trend

Ford Everest trend

As with the Ford Ranger ute – with which the Ford Everest 4WD shares its core ingredients and architecture – buyers are gravitating toward the top-end models, particularly turbodiesel V6 variants.

But if you settle for an inferior version of the Ford Everest – which still comes with advanced safety and most of the modern conveniences – and the 2.0-litre, twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, you can be in traffic before Christmas . if not until next weekend.

We assume that the Ford Everest is cheaper in the Ambiente or Trend model levels anyway, so this is really a win-win situation.

LDV-T60 max

Here’s an opportunity to beat a price hike and drive away in a new ute today.

But thousands of 2022 LDV T60 Max Uten are slated to dock in the coming weeks and they will be at the old price.

The 2022 LDV T60 Max Luxe car starts at $41,490 ($500 for metallic paint), but the 2023 LDV T60 Luxe (which gets new wheels, fender flares and glider trim on the ute tub) starts at $45,490 -Dollar. gone (add $500 for metallic paint).

Mazda CX-5 Maxx

Mazda dealers across the board have said journey There are still long waiting times for the Mazda3, CX-3 and CX-30 hatchbacks.

But if you’re looking for a mid-size SUV – one of Australia’s most popular vehicle categories – there are reasonable Mazda CX-5 deals everywhere.

You may have to look around for the right model grade and color (we’ll assume the base model is all you need), but we’re sure they exist.

MG HS Excite

Stock of the MG 3 Hatch and MG ZS City SUV remains tight, but dealers are reporting good incoming supplies of the MG HS SUV.

As with any brand, shop around until you find the exact color and model class that’s on your wish list.

The darling of the city car class is back in stock after patchy deliveries in recent years.

It may take multiple calls to some Suzuki dealers to find the color and model grade you want, but they’re out there.

Disadvantage? Suzuki Swift prices have risen sharply during COVID, so brace yourself for sticker shock – and have a look around.

Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara previously had wait times of six months and more.

But the supply is starting to turn. The same rules apply: it might take several calls, but you should be able to secure a car in weeks instead of months.

Although the Suzuki Vitara is nearing the end of the road in this current model cycle (an all-new model is due next year or 2024), it’s holding up well to its age and is one of our favorite underrated cars in the city SUV segment.

Volvo XC40

We had not expected that. The Volvo XC40 small SUVs have been in high demand and in short supply during most of COVID, but now they are becoming more freely available.

Our choice is the cheapest model. It still features state-of-the-art safety aids, is powered by a snappy engine and has wonderfully comfortable suspension over bumps in the daily rut.

Disadvantages? This Volvo XC40 will be the last to be offered with a petrol engine in Australia. Volvo is ditching petrol engines and switching to all-electric models in Australia from 2026 – four years ahead of the same switch in Sweden.

Volkswagen T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg

Volkswagen T Cross

Dealers have started calling Volkswagen “SUVW” so the focus is on the booming artificial wheel drive segment.

Supply of the Volkswagen Polo and Golf hatchback remains tight because, we suspect, Volkswagen has diverted all replacement semiconductors towards the more popular and profitable SUV lineup.

Several Volkswagen dealers were recruited by journey said there are good supplies for the baby VW T-Cross SUV, small VW T-Roc, mid-size VW Tiguan Allspace seven-seater and flagship Touareg SUV.

As always, shop around, compare prices, and double-check that the exact car you want is in the showroom or in Volkswagen’s inventory – and not just the dealer’s imagination.

jeep gladiator

Now Jeep Gladiator vehicles are gathering dust in dealer forecourts across Australia. Some even have “Sale” signs on them.

It turns out Australian buyers are more sophisticated — and financially savvy — than Jeep expected, and have been avoiding the Gladiator in droves since the price hikes.

However, if you want a good-looking, capable truck and have money to burn, you can get behind the wheel of a new Jeep Gladiator before the summer holidays.

Some Jeep dealers will be so happy to see you that they’ll even have the vehicle ready for you in a few days.

All of those unsold Jeep Gladiators are starting to cost dealers big bucks for their layout (the monthly fees paid by showrooms to hold inventory) in the face of rising interest rates.

Do you want an offer? Try to negotiate towards the end of the month when the dealer is staring at a spreadsheet showing the latest floor plan costs. They would be happy to get a Jeep Gladiator off their books and into your driveway.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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