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New car discounts?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by dbznokia, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. dbznokia

    dbznokia New Member

    Location:
    Brisbane
    Thinking of doing Uber and timing with purchase of new car. Do they do discounted/lease deals in OZ like in the US?

    What do people recommend as a small car?
     
  2. UXDriver

    UXDriver Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
    Buying a car for uber
    Hahaha
     
  3. UberDriverAU

    UberDriverAU Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perth
    Driving:
    UberX
    What sort of time and kms do you intend to put into such a venture? The more you intend to do, the less wise it is buying a new car to use for Uber. Having someone else pay the early years depreciation is perfect imho.
     
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  4. dbznokia

    dbznokia New Member

    Location:
    Brisbane
    Except, I'm not. I am thinking of doing Uber which happens to coincide with the purchase of a new car.

    It's not my primary income, so maybe around 20hrs/week.
     
  5. dcc.

    dcc. Active Member

    Location:
    Sydney
    Driving:
    UberX
    20hrs a week will run you about 400kms, or 20,000kms a year, on top of your normal usage (Australian average is 15,000km per year).

    Just make sure you factor this into your calculations.

    I completely understand that "doing Uber happens to coincide with the purchase of a new car", but personally if I were you, my logic would be "because I am about to start doing Uber, I'm going to forego the new car and just by a 5yr old Camry".

    There's Uber Marketplace, but you'll find that it's cheaper to find a good deal yourself. Zero percent financing with some companies at the moment, Toyota comes to mind.

    Cheap: Hyundai i30 / Corolla
    Handling: Mazda 3
    Luxury / Build Quality: Golf
    + new Honda Civic looks really good.

    Personally I drive a Mazda 3, base model, got a great deal on it and worked out to be equally cheap as the other cheap options.
     

  6. dbznokia

    dbznokia New Member

    Location:
    Brisbane
    Some great suggestions, thanks I'll also consider some of those models in 2nd hand to see if there is enough of a price difference to just go second hand instead.
     
  7. GPH

    GPH Active Member

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Driving:
    UberXL
    I'm not aware of any discounts for business , other than "Fleet".
    why do you specifically want a "small" car?
    surely if you're driving it for Uber in addition to buying a car for domestic use, the added income would be justification for upgrading to a larger (but still reasonably fuel efficient) more comfortable / suitable car?
     
  8. dbznokia

    dbznokia New Member

    Location:
    Brisbane
    Because we already have a SUV so I don't need another larger car. That and a longer car won't fit in the garage in the spot I park due to some stuff I've got stored in front.
     
  9. GPH

    GPH Active Member

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Driving:
    UberXL
    Ok, good point. I only ask as I have 3 cars, ( well 4 if you include my MGB ) and prefer to use my SUV for Uber, more space etc
     
  10. UberDriverAU

    UberDriverAU Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perth
    Driving:
    UberX
    In my experience, 20 hours per week would be more like ~700 km/week or ~36,400 km/year. This kind of mileage is going to absolutely kill the value of any new car. Even an additional 20,000 km won't be great. A used i30/Mazda 3/Corolla that's 3-4 years old with relatively low kms is a wise choice I think.
     
  11. dcc.

    dcc. Active Member

    Location:
    Sydney
    Driving:
    UberX
    Whoa, where are you driving (and also how much money do you make???!!).

    I'm from Sydney, airport area, so perhaps therein lies the difference.
    BUT I WOULD KILL TO DRIVE 350KM IN A TEN HOUR SHIFT THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH $$$$$$$$$$.
     
  12. UberDriverAU

    UberDriverAU Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perth
    Driving:
    UberX
    I'm from Perth, but don't forget we get substantially lower rates that you guys:

    Base: $2.00 vs $2.50 (20% less)
    Time ($/min): $0.32 vs $0.40 (20% less)
    Distance ($/km): $1.00 vs $1.45 (31.03% less)

    I tend to drive more at night time when there's less traffic, so that's probably why my average speed is higher.
     
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