2019 Budget boost for businesses to write off $30k vehicles
SMALL businesses benefit from a change in the 2019 Federal Budget allowing them to instantly write-off the cost of company-related purchases up to $30,000.
Previously capped at $25,000, the scheme encourages small companies to invest in this year to get the job done. Treasurer Josh Frydenburg also announced plans to raise the capped annual turnover for business eligible for the scheme from $10 million to $50 million, giving thousands of companies a better opportunity to get hold of a new vehicle.
The change has not been passed into law, which may not happen until after the looming Federal Election.
Nevertheless, here are five of the best cars for small businesses you can buy for less than $30,000:
Small Van: Citroen Berlingo from $23,990 drive-away
Citroen's Berlingo van brings compact exterior dimensions with impressive cargo space and up to 850kg of payload. Favoured by all manner of businesses in Europe, the Berlingo brings clever barn doors, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, though the lack of a passenger airbag (which is optional) limits its ANCAP rating to four stars.
Priced from $23,990 drive-away with a 66kW engine and manual transmission, or $27,990 drive-away with a 73kW engine and semi-auto transmission, the Berlingo falls well within our $30,000 target.
Also consider: Fiat Doblo, VW Caddy, Peugeot Partner
4X2 Ute: Toyota HiLux Workmate from $27,990 drive-away
Australia's best-selling car is particularly popular in high-riding four-wheel-drive trim, though that won't qualify for our $30,000 cut-off - at least in new form. Instead, you'll have to settle for the comparatively Spartan Toyota HiLux Workmate which features a smaller 2.4-litre diesel engine and five-speed transmission and rear-wheel-drive (as opposed to 2.8 litres, six speeds and four-wheel-drive in more expensive variants), along with unpainted bumpers and steel wheels which market it as a budget-minded special.
Also consider: Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado
4X4 Ute: 2018 Mitsubishi Triton GLX from $32,990 drive-away (+$3000 bonus)
It isn't easy to get hold of four-wheel drive dual-cab utes from established brands for less than $30,000. But it pays to shop around and find deals like this one for the just-superseded Mitsubishi Triton Ute. Powered by the same engine as the new-for-2019 model, the Triton is a proven performer which remains popular with private buyers spending their own money. The Triton is yours in manual diesel form for $32,990 drive-away before you factor in a $3000 factory bonus that brings it under the raised cap with just enough change for lunch on the worksite.
Small car: Holden Astra RS-V for $28,990 drive-away
Small car buyers are spoiled for choice here - you could have just about anything you like for less than $30,000. We reckon Holden's Astra RS-V is hard to beat for $28,990 drive-away, blending important safety tech such as automated braking and active cruise control with turbocharged grunt and little luxuries including heated seats, sat nav and leather trim. It's a nice place to be for small business owners who spend a lot of time in the car.
SUV: Honda CR-V Vi for $29,990 drive-away
There are a few great cars in the medium-sized SUV class for this money, but Honda's CR-V is a favourite of ours thanks to its cavernous space, and rock-solid reliability. Underpinned by a five-year warranty, the entry-level CR-V misses out on some safety tech and niceties, as well as the turbo engine of more expensive models. Available from $29,990 drive-away - currently with a $1000 bonus - the CR-V is about as big a cars as you can get for the cash.
Also consider: Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage