Weekly Dealer Car Enquiries: June 26, 2022

In this series, which we aim to bring to you every week, 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

A promising turnaround in new car buying sentiment meant the total number of dealer connections increased by just over 15% last week, resulting in a total of 1,604 queries via the PriceMyCar platform.

This latest rebound comes despite growing unrest around rising interest rates and a qualification from the Reserve Bank of Australia on wages growth. The central bank has cautioned workers about expecting salaries to increase by 4% or 5% in future years, firmly setting its sights on a preference for a wages cap of about 3.5% in order to avoid the risk of an inflation spiral.

In the meantime, however, positive developments regarding the energy crisis have eased some concerns in households on the east coast of the nation, and that may have translated into a slight improvement in broader sentiment. With another interest rate hike expected in just a week, we’ll see how consumers respond.

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New car interest by brand

Toyota was this week’s biggest mover, with dealer connections for the Japanese brand almost doubling in the space of seven days, albeit not by enough to propel the brand into the top five. 

There were more modest improvements across the likes of Ford, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi, and this is what ultimately propped up the broader increase across the new car market.

Elsewhere, in the premium segment, Mercedes-Benz had a positive week, while Volvo was another brand that caught the attention of new car buyers.

In total, there were 40 different brands on the radars of our members last week, an increase of two versus the week prior.

 

Prospective New Car Buyer Numbers

Jun 20 – Jun 26 

Jun 13 – Jun 19 

% Change in Enquiries

Kia

218

201

8.5%

Mazda

173

166

4.2%

Ford

141

119

18.5%

Mitsubishi

139

123

13.0%

Nissan

103

103

0.0%

 

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