News

Car sales on a high in the Tweed with buyers back

NEW car sales were at an 18-year high last month according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Annual sales reached over 1 million and there were 96,655 new cars sold in November alone.

The top sellers were the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Toyota Camry, which shows the Australian trend towards more efficient vehicles and away from large cars, although four of the top ten vehicles sold were the ever-popular utes.

Owner of Tweed Heads Victory Ford Victor Lapardin said that he thought sales were high because people kept their old cars longer.

"My personal opinion is that there's a record high because people have put purchases off over the last three years," he said.

Mr Lapardin thought that competitive pricing in the market was due to buyers researching exactly what they want out of a vehicle, and for how much.

"Most customers have researched on the internet so there's often not a lot of negotiating going on," he said.

The fuel efficient Focus Diesel was Mr Lapardin's top seller and it was followed up by the Ford Ranger and the new Falcon Eco-Boost.

Mr Lapardin said car yards have had a solid year of sales.

"I think the market is quite good, and I think most car yards in Tweed are doing well thanks to the support of the community," he said.

He hoped the industry continued to thrive next year.

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics



Gig Guide: Sep 29 - Oct 3

Bill Jacobi is playing Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club on Saturday.

Tweed Gig Guide: Sept 29- Oct 3

Bluesfest royalty to drop by

GUITAR LEGEND: Santana at Byron Bay Blues Festival 2013.

Legends to grace Bluesfest' stage in 2017.

On Wright track to crown

TOP LEAD: With four wins on the board, Tyler Wright  will be hard to stop and is a sure bet to claim this year's WSL World Women's title.

HAS Tyler Wright already stitched up this year's world title?

Local Partners

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Penthouse in beach paradise

Take in the beach front views from the balcony of 701/ 4-10 Douglas Street, Kirra.

This beachfront penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy the views.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record