Australians bought 1,153,111 new vehicles last year which represents a drop of around 3 per cent on 2017.
The Toyota Hilux continues to dominate sales, selling 51,705 units in 2018, to top the national vehicle sales chart again. 

New motor vehicle lemon laws were passed by the Queensland Government to give greater consumer protection for buyers of defective cars; but the new laws also protect buyers of motorbikes, motorhomes and caravans.

Whilst the new lemon laws are great news for car buyers, some dealers warn they could be driven out of business.

QCAT’s jurisdictional limit has been raised from $25,000 to claims of up $100,000 for new and used motor vehicles. The reforms also restore 30‑day warranties for motorists buying a motor vehicle more than 10-years old or with more than 160,000 kilometres on-the-clock from a licensed dealer.


Porsche 356 models are considered by purists to be the pinnacle of the classic car design and drive. Shannons have two fine examples going under the hammer at its Melbourne Summer Auction on December 9. Tempt yourself and read more about the this restored rear-engined four-cylinder 356 models built in 1965.  


The Tax Office has now confirmed that the luxury car tax threshold for the financial year 2019-20 will increase slightly to $67,525 (up from $66,331).