But one NSW dad has revealed his outrage after he went to local dealer to buy a Holden Trax - which was rumoured to drop by a whopping $11k - only to find out that the discount was way less than that.
Furthermore, he claims that a ‘sneaky loophole’ means that the price has astonishingly gone up.
Says car buyer Harry: ‘I rang around all my local dealers and was told to wait until March 1 when all the discounts came in, with a few of the dealers suggesting that the car would be around $10k less.
‘I wanted to buy my wife a Trax and was told on February 29 that the best price they could do was $25k with seven years free servicing included. The dealer said at the time that the servicing was worth “at least” $3,500.
‘But on March 2 when I called my local dealer to do the deal, I was told that instead of a $11k price drop, the price had only dropped to $22k - and there was no longer any free servicing on offer.
‘So on Saturday I could’ve got the car for $25k with seven years free servicing - which means that the car was costing $21,500 plus the free servicing which was worth $3,500.
‘Now on March 2, the car’s been reduced to just $22k and there’s no more free servicing on offer. So if you added that on, it would be $25,500 - which is $500 more than I would’ve paid on Saturday.’
Harry said it was a similar situation with the Astra model.
‘The discount was rumoured to be around $12,000 - but again it was way less than that,’ says Harry. ‘The list price is $28k, I was told on Saturday I could get it for $25k with seven years free servicing - which I was told was worth $3,500.
‘But the new price is just $22k and again there’s no free servicing. So again, the price has in fact gone up compared to what I could’ve got it for before their huge sale.
‘What sale?! It’s a sham.’
Holden announced last month that the Holden brand would be retired from sales in Australia by 2021 after a ‘proud 160-year history.’
Just days later, CarAdvice exclusively reported that a dealer bulletin had revealed huge discounts across the whole Holden range starting next month.
And while they stated that the rumoured reductions were ‘not final and subject to change’, there’s no denying that shopper Harry is disappointed.
‘I wanted until March on the promise of huge reductions and that hasn’t happened - all because of a sneaky loophole. Now free servicing is off the table which means the price has effectively gone up,’ he says. ‘It’s disappointing.’