Oct 12, 2021 6:10:44 AM

What’s Driving Australia’s Car Price Increases?

Topics: Pre-approvals, Car Finance 0

Rising prices for new and used vehicles is likely to continue in the coming months, as demand for vehicles outstrips supply and the production of new cars continues to be hampered by the pandemic. If you’re in the market for a used or new car, here’s more on why vehicle prices have hit an all-time high, and what to do about it.

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More demand, less supply

Manufacturing cuts as a result of the pandemic have slowed down vehicle production, while demand for transport is largely being fueled by a surge in home deliveries, a move away from public transport, and a rise in the number of construction and development projects taking place across Australia.

Recent figures show more than 100,000 new vehicles were sold in Australia in May 2021, up 68 per cent year on year. But a slow-down in vehicle production has increased wait times, with some buyers having to wait upwards of 8 months for their new car to arrive. It’s likely this demand will continue to drive vehicle prices upwards, at least for the next 12 months.

Used cars impacted too

But it’s not just new car prices that are being pushed up by demand. Used car prices recently hit an all-time high too, up 34 per cent year on year according to credit-rating firm Moodys, as more Australians are choosing used cars over new cars because of the rising prices and extended wait times.

Additionally, companies that operate fleet vehicles are holding onto their cars for much longer – with lockdown orders in place, cars aren’t being driven so mileage remains low – and that means fewer trade-ins are coming to market, yet another factor fueling demand.

In some instances, some used cars are selling for more than they sold for brand new! Take 4-wheel drives, for example, where demand for these vehicles is driving price rises as more Australians get out to explore their own country unable to travel abroad.

Get pre-approved finance to get ahead

Whether you’re in the market for a new or a used car, limited supply, longer wait times, and more demand means it’s vital you get ahead and have your vehicle finance sorted before you even start looking for a car.

Pre-approved finance is vital in a situation where you may be vying against other buyers for the same vehicle. Put yourself in the best possible position to secure the vehicle you’re after without having to wait while your finance is approved. Get in touch with our team today to arrange vehicle finance pre-approval.


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