At the risk of sounding like a broken record (I've brought this up in other threads dealing with this topic): the worst scam is and remains the parallel import ban for automobiles.
So, yeah, I'm currently shopping for an import and the prices compared to other countries (e.g. UK to allow for a RHD comparison) makes me want to punch a brick wall with rusty nails sticking out. :(
Here even the various road agencies are in on it... "securing road-worthiness of vehicles on Australian roads", my a**e! As if most Japanese or German vehicles weren't 2 or 3 generations ahead of anything built here in those terms.
PS: to any Holden or Ford fans, I'm currently driving an Aus made car and I will never buy one again until they can produce one that can compete on the international market.