Weekly Dealer Car Enquiries: August 29, 2021

In this series, which we hope to bring to you on a regular basis, we’ll be detailing some of the key numbers and trends that we’re seeing in terms of dealer connections made through our site.

As this data is considered somewhat representative of broader industry activity, and serves as one of the more insightful leading indicators for potential car sales, we hope it will fulfil a few purposes for our broad audience. First, to document not just how we’re performing as a business, but how dealers and the wider market stand to perform, so you don’t have to wait til that next set of official sales data.

Without further ado, here’s what happened over the last week.

Total new car enquiries

In the week ending Sunday, August 29, new car enquiries rebounded modestly to 1,273. Compared with the week prior, that was an improvement of 7.4%, effectively maintaining the holding pattern that has seen dealer connections fluctuate week-on-week over the course of the last month or so.

Unsurprisingly, lockdowns continue to be the pressing theme holding back new car buying interest. With the nation’s two leading car markets both subject to tight lockdowns, many prospective car buyers have deferred their decision to buy a car, at least until the near-term outlook improves. 

That may seem contradictory when compared with new car sales data, which has shown the market continues to hum along, however, much of that has been driven by a back-log in order fulfilment. Many of the sales being processed now relate to orders placed many months ago, and that is also something buyers should be cognisant of now, insofar as they may be waiting until the end of the year or even into next year for some highly sought-after cars to be delivered.

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New car interest by brand

Most of the leading car brands saw a comparable level of interest than the preceding week, including the likes of Isuzu, Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen

In terms of major movers, however, Hyundai was one of the biggest names to shift up the list, and in fact, crept into sixth position on the list of the most-popular makes of car. The total number of enquiries relating to Hyundai vehicles hit 89, compared with 63 in the seven-day period a week earlier.

Kia also had a positive week, with the number of new car enquiries relating to the Korean brand rising by 19 to a total of 113. We’ve seen more fluctuation in Kia’s numbers of late, and that’s a broader reflection of the state of the market as seen through PriceMyCar.

  

Prospective New Car Buyer Numbers

Aug 23 – Aug 29 

Aug 16 – Aug 22 

% Change in Enquiries

Isuzu

159

160

-0.6%

Ford

130

130

0.0%

Mazda

123

127

-3.1%

Kia

113

94

20.2%

Mitsubishi

102

101

1.0%

Hyundai

89

63

41.3%

 

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