Understanding When a Drive-Away Deal is Not Your Best Option

  • Posted 11 Feb

Understanding When a Drive-Away Deal is Not Your Best Option

If you’ve had your eyes set on that new set of wheels for a while, and you see a clearance sale coming up, you ‘re probably going to think this is the best time to buy, right?  Well, not necessarily. There are times when a drive-away deal is not always your best option.


Car dealers are well known for a variety of sales they offer throughout the year. One of the most well known is the “drive away” deal. Typically this comes around the time of clearance sales, when dealers are trying to get rid of last years makes to make room for this year’s new models.

These can be very good deals, but many times, they may be too good to be true. Here’s why.

1. The Catch

Why are these deals sometimes duds? Many will not be offering a full 12-month registration. In Australia, certain states aren’t under the obligation to do so.

This varies from state to state: for South Australia, dealers are only required to provide three-month registration on new vehicles. Western Australia and the Northern Territory? 6-month registration only. So if you’re shopping for a deal in this locations, make sure the ‘deal’ meets your needs, and is not just a quick way to get rid of stock.

All other states have to provide the full 12-month registration when it comes to new cars.

2. Hidden Fees

In some instances, you could find yourself paying extra fees for things like new tyres 6 months down the road, or if you’ve opted to buy a car with only 2 months rego remaining, you’ll need to fork out for that in a few months.

Make sure you read the fine print before signing the purchase agreement. Ask questions and make sure you’re clear why the car is so heavily discounted, particularly if it seems too good to be true.

The other hidden cost is fuel consumption. How economical is the car you’re looking at? Sure, it might be a great price to buy, but how much will it cost to fill the car each time you wanna take it for a spin?

3. Insurance

Don’t forget that when you buy that new car, you need to think about insurance. Check with your insurance company first to check how much your premiums will be on the car you’ve got your eye on. While it might be a good deal to buy, it might not be so great when you factor in the insurance costs.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have a much better chance of getting the best “drive away” deal you can get. Make sure you’re actually getting a good deal, one that meets your needs, not those of the dealer.

If you need help securing a great car and an even greater deal on car finance, contact our friendly team today to discuss how we can help.

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