Why There Are Limited Cars Available During COVID


Posted by Motorama in Buyer Advice


Want a new car this new year?   Then you should order now!   

If you have driven past one of our Motorama stores lately, you'll surely have noticed a few empty spaces on the yard!  Across all the Motorama dealerships, we are seeing a surge of demand across all model lines, in particular, utes & SUV's, are proving extremely popular.

"The last 3 months have really seen demand for both new and pre-owned cars across all our brands really ramp up" said Costa Pappas, Motorama Group COO.

"A combination of tightening vehicle supply, coupled with a demand spike induced by a number of factors - consumers upgrading to a new vehicle to either better explore South East Queensland, to complement their new caravan or boat purchase, or to perhaps reduce their reliance on public transport, has really been evident", Costa said.

Why is car supply so tight?

Supply of new vehicles has begun to tighten since mid-2020.

"Locally, we have also had a few recent hail events in the October / November period that has taken up a lot of excess supply of vehicles as insurance companies work through the backlog and replace written off cars." Australians spent $26 billion on overseas travel in 2019. In 2020, they've started spending some of that money on new cars to explore their own backyard, and this trend will probably continue this year. Added to this, COVID restrictions are now impacting oversea's manufacturing plants' abilities to operate with full staff & at full production capacity, further impacting supply chains " Costa added.

Australians spent $26 billion on overseas travel in 2019. In 2020, they've started spending some of that money on new cars to explore their own backyard, and this trend will probably continue this year.

What does this mean for you?

Simply put, if you're considering upgrading or getting a new car in 2021, placing an order out of production is by far the best option to secure the car you really want.

Whilst the stock is coming for the majority of our brands, a lot of it is selling very quickly, often before it hits the showroom floor. 

This spike in demand has a flow on effect to used cars also.   Demand for used cars is surging, and with tight demand in the new vehicle space, it is a good opportunity to look at trading in your current car.

"Whilst you may not get a huge discount on a new car due to the tight supply, you should receive a better then usual resale / trade in value on your current car - particularly it is a SUV or Ute" Costa commented. 

How can we help ?

If you're thinking about buying a new car make sure to contact one of our stores today and discuss availability on your next car - then place an order ASAP.

You can get ahead of the crowds by getting an online trade in price for your current car. Rest assured that Motorama are some of Australia's largest volume dealers - chance are we can secure you the exact car you want from production. Read our reviews & see why we have some of Brisbane's most reviewed dealerships!

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