Money in hand for each day of delay (photo: photo processing, manufacturer/screenshot)
A last-minute turnaround: importer BYD managed to partially overcome the lack of mobility and deliver hundreds of Eto 3 models in the last two days of January, which allowed the electric crossover to overtake the Mazda 2, with 2,850 compared to 2,500 units and become the best-selling car in Israel in the first month of the year.
This is contrary to our initial assessment that the 2nd will make history and win the title.
Vala learned that in total the importers delivered about 46 thousand new cars and another 2,000 were delivered by the parallel and personal importers.
The rest of the updated ranking: Hyundai first with 8,400 cars, Kia qualified for second place (4,900), Mazda third (4,625), Toyota fourth (3,300) and BYD fifth (2,950).
In total, about 7,000 electric cars were delivered in the past month, most of them Chinese, and they occupied about 15% of the new car market.
Geely delivered about 1,200 cars, Hyundai 700. Tesla finally delivered 3 Model S cars, and is waiting for a large shipment that will arrive in March.
Eto 3. Customers paid for it in December and still haven't received the keys (Photo: Tomer Feder)
Despite the acceleration of BYD's delivery rate in recent days, Shlomo Motors still has many customers who paid for the vehicle in December at its price before the tax increase, and received a promise that it would be delivered to them in January, with a date of hitting the road in 2023.
As revealed in Vala, the lack of vehicle carriers, due to the congestion at the port of Eilat which led to the diversion of carriers to transfer new cars from the port to Litva instead of the importers' delivery preparation centers in the center of the country, resulted in many vehicles still waiting in the south to be transferred.
Shlomo Motors, which promised to deliver the vehicles within 21 working days, failed to deliver them all on time, which provoked angry reactions in the Facebook groups of BYD owners.
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The delay led to an SMS message that all BYD buyers have been receiving in recent days, informing them that in light of the delay they will receive compensation in money or products, of their choice.
From the messages we received, it appears that to customers who receive the vehicle by February 7, the company will provide a free first treatment, a "BYD accessories" package (trunk carpet, an additional set of rubber carpets and an original "grandmother cable" for charging) worth NIS 2,450 according to the importer's calculations.
For those who agree to wait a little longer for the car and receive it between February 8 and 15, the company will give two free first treatments and the accessories package.
According to the company, the value of this gift is NIS 3,450.
However, some customers found these alternatives less attractive.
And the next offer that the importer's offense is already quite unusual in the industry: a one-time monetary payment of NIS 150 for each day of delay in the delivery of the vehicle beyond the 21 working days specified in the contract, which are measured starting on January 29.