New research reveals even some of the UK’s best-selling cars have long waiting lists for buyers wanting to get behind the wheel.
The study by BuyaCar looked into which cars could be ordered at the start of December, then delivered in time for Christmas.
In fact, only Kia Sportage buyers could reasonably expect delivery before the 25th. The car would take two weeks to arrive.
Mercedes S-Class beats VW Polo
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says 14.4 percent fewer cars have been built so far this year. Fewer cars built means lower stock levels at dealers, which means longer lead-times for delivery.
Even popular small hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo (21 weeks), Vauxhall Corsa (12 weeks), and Ford Fiesta (six weeks) would, if ordered now, not arrive until 2020. That’s a wait of more than five months for a Polo: more than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class (16-20 weeks).
A Seat Leon Cupra or Volvo XC60 T8 would take up to 18 weeks to arrive, while the Cupra Ateca and Tarraco could be up to 16 weeks. A Vauxhall Corsa, Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3 would keep you waiting 12 weeks.
“Few things highlight the difference for consumers between using an online car sales marketplace and the traditional dealer than contrasting the number of car shopping days left before Christmas between the two,” said Christofer Lloyd, editor of BuyaCar.
“With so much continued uncertainty affecting the new car market we don’t envisage things changing anytime soon and all the signs are that 2020 will see internet car shopping moving a step closer to being the ‘normal’ way people buy cars.”