You can still get up and go despite downturn

Phuti Mpyane

Phuti Mpyane

Were you looking for a new car but domestic issues or plain procrastination set in? If so, then you missed out on some savings because this week manufacturers have upped their prices.

Dropping prices makes sense as the automotive industry tumbles with more and more companies reporting cutbacks, redundancies and whatever else is needed to curb the cost of an economic downturn.

Regardless of the price increases, remember that any vehicle is affordable right now compared to how it will be a few months down the line. Take for instance the offer from McCarthy Volkswagen in Menlyn, Pretoria.

They have the entire Citi range; the Rox, TenaCiti, and Wolf and the GTI on a "no deposit, 72-month deal - with servicing only starting in April. This is a fine deal if you ensure that you can cope with the ballooned price of next year.

Last week I mentioned a pretty good incentive on the Mercedes Benz E-Class being run everywhere in preparation for the new model. This week I came across yet another: "Price reduction, discount between R72000 and R114000" from Barloworld-owned Merc dealerships!

Are all the Toyota RunXs and Corollas on township streets a coincidence or is someone not telling us about a good deal somewhere? If you know anything, tell us.

While still with Barloworld, it seems there are plenty more bargains on offer and these include Toyota Auris hatchbacks - with R28000 knocked off the R197700 list price.

Now a Nissan dealership in End Street, Joburg, has a Micra 1,5 DCI with low mileage going for R104 995. At that price you can get a new hatch from Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and others - but I doubt if any can match the stubby Nissan on outright performance and economy.

Just thought I'd let you know.