Weekly Dealer Car Enquiries: September 19, 2021

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

In one of the first signs of optimism we’ve seen across the last couple months, dealer connections hit their highest levels since shortly after lockdowns plagued east-coast states. New car enquiries in the week ending Sunday, September 19, surged 16.9%, also the strongest week-on-week rise we have seen for some time. In total, 1,605 inbound enquiries were received through the PriceMyCar platform from interested new car buyers.

The unemployment rate unexpectedly decreased last week, however, this was largely fuelled by a drop in the participation rate. That is, a growing number of people have stopped looking for work, so this masked the actual number of job losses on display, which was quite high. Whereas job losses seem contradictory with an increase in new car buying, we are coming off a lower base in terms of the volume of queries, and with vaccination rates accelerating rapidly in New South Wales, some sense of optimism may be returning ahead of a sooner-than-expected re-opening.

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New car interest by brand

Most of the big names were on the rise last week, with Isuzu, Kia, Ford and Mitsubishi retaining their place in the top six most sought-after brands, and also seeing strong double-digit growth in terms of dealer connections.

Nissan was one of the major movers, making its way into the leading pack after a long absence. that came as queries relating to the Japanese brand rose 50% to reach 108.

Mazda was the unexpected brand to miss out last week as interest seemingly diverted to other leading brands. With new car enquiries down 19.9%, the brand slipped to fourth position.

Last week brought news that Mercedes-Benz and BMW have both foreshadowed plans to lift their prices, however, that did little to dampen enthusiasm for the German auto-makers, with figures indicating a surge in queries.

  

Prospective New Car Buyer Numbers

Sep 13 – Sep 19 

Sep 6 – Sep 12 

% Change in Enquiries

Isuzu

193

170

13.5%

Kia

189

161

17.4%

Ford

180

151

19.2%

Mazda

121

151

-19.9%

Mitsubishi

116

96

20.8%

Nissan

108

72

50.0%

 

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