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TAGS Opinion Industry news Drive-away pricing should be mandated | comment 29 October 2015 by Richard Blackburn · CarsGuide It's time to cut the confusion for good and mandate drive-away pricing. The consumer watchdog needs to take another look at the way car companies advertise their prices online. Despite the best efforts of the ACCC, car companies are still playing games with consumers, as we found while researching this week's comparison of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308.The commission requires brands to publish drive-away pricing on their sites. It has worked to an extent, despite claims by the industry it would be impossible to implement.But there are still plenty of pitfalls. Take the Ford Focus Trend we shopped online this week. The recommended retail price is $23,390 and, if you go into the "build and price" section on the website, it will tell you a Trend manual is $27,176 drive-away. The auto is listed at $28,206 drive away, a $1030 premium.But if you click on the "latest offers" tab, it says you can get a manual Focus Trend for $24,990 drive-away, thousands less than you are told elsewhere on the site.It's time to cut the confusion for goodAnd there's another catch — the deal is available only on the manual, so for now an auto transmission on a Focus Trend will effectively cost you $3216, not the $1030 you were first told.To its credit Peugeot has bitten the bullet and now publishes only drive-away pricing for the 308. VW's Golf drive-away deals apply the discounts to auto and manual models. Ford is by no means the only group to offer deals solely on the manual — but when manual sales make up such a small percentage of stock available, it seems a bit odd. It also means Ford looks much cheaper at first glance.It's time to cut the confusion for good and mandate drive-away pricing. Related articles 2015 BMW i8 vs Tesla Model S | hybrid vs electric27 October 2015 by Richard Blackburn Behind the wheel of the autonomous Tesla Model S27 October 2015 by David Swan Toyota's hydrogen-fuelled Back to the Future reunion21 October 2015 by Matthew Hatton Toyota teases Back to the Future reunion15 October 2015 by Matthew Hatton 2015 Tesla Model S P85D | Torquing Heads review video8 October 2015 by Peter Anderson What to read next Comments Related articles 2015 BMW i8 vs Tesla Model S | hybrid vs electric27 October 2015 by Richard Blackburn Behind the wheel of the autonomous Tesla Model S27 October 2015 by David Swan Toyota's hydrogen-fuelled Back to the Future reunion21 October 2015 by Matthew Hatton Toyota teases Back to the Future reunion15 October 2015 by Matthew Hatton 2015 Tesla Model S P85D | Torquing Heads review video8 October 2015 by Peter Anderson Related pages Industry news Opinion Related cars for sale Search all cars for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week '); }