New brands taking part in The Car Expo
The Car Expo, previously known as Cars@Expo, returns this weekend, with new car brands like Japanese custom-built car manufacturer Mitsuoka and Chinese electric car brand Ora participating in the event for the first time.
Thirty-four car brands – the same number as April’s edition – will be showcased at the two-day event at Singapore Expo Halls 4B and 5, despite the high certificate of entitlement (COE) prices, noted organiser SPH Media, which publishes The Straits Times.
These comprise 18 authorised distributors, seven pre-owned car dealerships and nine auto accessory companies.
Last Wednesday, COE premiums for the Open category – which can be used for any vehicle type except motorcycles, but are used mostly for bigger cars – closed at a new all-time high of $152,000, while that for larger cars climbed to a record $146,002. The COE premium for smaller cars ended at $104,000.
Authorised distributors Citroen, Kia and Mercedes-Benz; pre-owned car dealerships CarTimes Automobile and Motor-East; and auto accessory companies City TyreAuto and Mobot, are among the participating brands this weekend.
The event, which is the biggest car show in Singapore, will also include car rental companies in its line-up, such as Fasst and Lion City Rentals.
With any purchase of a used or new car at the expo, customers will receive up to $1,000 worth of cash vouchers from fuel retailer SPC.
The first 100 buyers of pre-owned cars will also each get an SPC car servicing voucher worth $115.
To redeem their vouchers, customers must present their original order form, dated Oct 14 or 15, at the SPH Media Organiser booth.
The first 1,000 expo visitors daily will each receive a limited-edition eco-friendly event tote bag.
Dr Tan Wei Ming, 37, will be attending the event to look for deals to buy a second car.
Besides considering COE prices, he said that he looks at other factors such as discounts, dealer margins, freebies, and servicing and warranty packages for his car purchases.
“The most important factor to me is whether I like the car, regardless of the COE prices, as long as it’s within my means,” added Dr Tan.