Keep RAV4 Order or Wait for Model Y?

So I placed an order for a RAV4 Hybrid in early May with no solid communication or updates from dealer since. Quoted 6-9 month wait.

My mate is trying to convince me to cancel the RAV4 order, buy a Model 3 and then offload it when the Model Y becomes available. He’s in the automotive industry so changing cars regularly is no issue for him.
I have two kids and three dogs, and a 2006 Corolla that probably won’t see the year out.

Another mate who works at Tesla says the market will be flooded with second hand Model 3’s when the Y is released. He suggested I just hold out for the Model Y.
Thoughts?

As far as stock availability goes, I can get a Tesla model 3 in 1-4 weeks. MG HS Plug in hybrid is a backup plan, and in stock.

Poll Options expired

  • 44
    Keep RAV4 order and hope the Corolla survives
  • 4
    Cancel RAV4 order and get a Model 3
  • 9
    Keep RAV4 and offload it when Model Y is released.

Comments

  • +12 votes

    My mate is trying to convince me to cancel the RAV4 order

    My mate who works at Tesla

    Your 'mates' are way too influential…

    • +4 votes

      I need to get my sales figures up …..

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      Agreed. I think I am just needing some retail therapy to break out of these COVID blues. I also can’t go on long road trips with my Corolla.

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        RAV4 2wd or awd hybrid? What state are you in?

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          2WD Cruiser in QLD

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            @JoeBaskin: 2wds are having issues in WA, with wait times now looking at over 7 months

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              @spackbace: Hey @spackbace… what about AWD hybrids? Looking to change around July next year, so thinking ahead :P

              Or you know, I could just ask a dealer instead of being lazy…

        • +9 votes

          What state are you in?

          A state of indecision

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      "Another mate who works at Tesla says the market will be flooded with second hand Model 3’s when the Y is released"

      lacking evidence based nonsense.

      sounds like a "good friend", gives you a nonsense assumption to make you wait, to purchase a car which will be more expensive than a rav4 and less adaptable to Australia's current EV market

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        sounds like a "good friend", gives you a nonsense assumption to make you wait, to purchase a car which will be more expensive than a rav4 and less adaptable to >Australia's current EV market

        Tesla friend probably gets referral kickback :)

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          im sure the friend will share his kickback

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          No referrals or commission for Tesla employees. The assumption about Model 3’s flooding the market is based on the sheer volume that’s being sold in Australia at the moment (as well as customers saying they’ll offload their 3’s when the Y gets released)

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    Model Y? The cheapest one that will be offered (long-range)? It will probably set you back ~80-90k drive away.

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      You don’t think they’ll bring in a SR+?

      • +4 votes

        They most likely will (Right hand drive standard range already available in HK to order) but will place it probably between the M3 SR+ and M3LR so there is a lesser chance of M3 sales being cannibalized by Model Y. Therefore you will be looking at around 70K for the standard range Model Y.

        By the way you can install a Kayak rack on the Model Y.

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        Maybe eventually, but they are not planning to offer it on the initial release, so you don't know how long you'll be waiting.

  • +3 votes

    We got our RAV a couple of months back, well worth the wait and am very happy with the purchase, so far it's knocked about 75% off my weekly fuel bill, has heaps of power and is nice and quiet.

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      That’s nice to hear. I’m looking forward to taking my kids on a road trip. Love the boot capacity of the Rav.

  • +10 votes

    Never heard of a 2006 Toyota going wrong! :)

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      Still driving a 2002 Astra, the lemon-est of all lemons (which is about to kick the bucket), and I couldn't believe that a 2006 Corolla is struggling to see the end of the year. It probably got abused and neglected.

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    two kids and three dogs, plus significant other perhaps and you think they will all fit in a model three with luggage?

    Good luck with that

    • +1 vote

      No significant other thankfully. The Model 3 has great boot space, and my dogs vary from too old to too aggressive -Not the best travel companions, although it would be nice to take the whole crew camping one day.

      • +2 votes

        Do you kayak?

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          Not anymore.

  • +2 votes

    0 regrets on my rav4 hybrid, love it

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    I also put down a deposit towards a new RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD and was told that the wait time is around 8-12 months. That was in May 2021 and I have no communication from Toyota after the last one that just said "we have received your order". Looking at the way things are going, I wouldn't be surprised if I get my car sometime next year. But yes, another friend who got his a couple of months ago is extremely happy with his purchase. Keep your order and wait patiently :).

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      If you get a MY22 model will you have to pay the extra 2.5k?

  • +2 votes

    Wait for model Y TBH. Once you go EV you’ll never want another petrol car.

    • +1 vote

      Unless you want to go on a long drive.

      • +1 vote

        Not really a drama to pull over every 400km to recharge though.

        • +1 vote

          It is for me, and it is when you have to wait what, about 45 minutes to an hour in order to go another 400Km IF the charging station is not being used by someone else as opposed to 2 minutes at the pump. Yeah, no thanks. I'm sure they'll get there one day but the way government is behaving ATM none of us will be 'allowed' to travel more than 400km anyway so my objection my end up being moot after all. :)

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            @EightImmortals: The charging experience is very different to needing to be beside the car while refueling and far less hassle. Not sure where you got an hour to charge for 400km… 10 mins supercharging gets around 160-240km at lower state of charge - and there's really no good need to charge to 100% each time (https://insideevs.com/news/357322/tesla-model-3-replenish-15...)

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              @kipps: Cheers, yes I'm sure the technology is improving all the time.

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            @EightImmortals: How often do you really travel over 400km in a day? And if you do, can’t spare 30-40min to recharge while you go have lunch? It just changes the way you think about long trips.

            On our day long trips we’ve typically stopped for 10-15 min for morning tea and then a good 30-40min for lunch. Once the charge infrastructure is there it won’t be a big impact. You’ll either choose a slightly shortly journey or allow and extra half hour for the trip.

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              @Euphemistic: Yeah not 'that' often TBH but we try to get down south to visit our elderly parents at least once a year. On a 1200KM trip that adds 3 hours to the journey IF the battery drains at lunchtime. :) With the border closures in pace I'm sure if that's going to be on the cards for the foreseeable future so as I said, a moot point. Otherwise for now, the RAV4 was the right vehicle for us to get for a number of reasons but everyone has their own criteria when it comes to transport. :)

              On the other hand, an EV would make a good second car for the wife if the prices become reasonable. Was watching a vid on Tesla's 'gigastamper' machines the other day which should reduce the cost of the vehicle by a fair margin, so who knows?

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                @EightImmortals:

                On the other hand, an EV would make a good second car

                TBH that’s the best use for them right now. Running around town, recharging overnight at home.

                • +1 vote

                  @Euphemistic: …but they start at 62K (a quick google) which is way more than we paid for the Rav4 so until that changes they are still not an option for us. :)

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                    @EightImmortals: Def to expensive for now. I’ll be waiting until you can buy for the cost of a 5yo Camry, especially for a second car.

                    Then again, I guess the second car would become the primary car, like our neighbours. Camry hybrid and landcruiser. They use the Camry all the time, but have the landcruiser to tow a huge boat. Despite being the ‘better’, more expensive car the landcruiser probably only goes out once or twice a week while the Camry is used daily.

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                      @Euphemistic: Nah the next one will be for the wife so I'll continue to use the RAV4. We keep our cars for at least 15 years or so barring any accidents of course. :)

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    I'm waiting for the 7 seater Model Y. Not urgent so we'll see.

  •  

    What's the Ozbargainer group consensus of the Volvo XC40 P8 ?

  • +1 vote

    You will be ridiculously happy with either a Model 3 or Model Y. If you're not in much of a rush I think the Y will be the pick though - especially if you want the towing option or would like more cargo space.

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    How is a rav4 2wd hybrid and model Y in the same range, are many ppl cross shopping these 2?