Car dealers are using the prospect of higher taxes on petrol-guzzling cars and a reduction in sales tax to bring in stunt offers for new cars, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.
The paper says sales of new cars were down by 5,000 in the first 20 days of this year, ahead of the introduction of new prices.
Motoring organisations Bovag and Rai say they expect car dealers to ‘bring in stunt prices left and right’.
‘Given all the changes, it is important to time the purchase of a new car properly,’ a Bovag spokesman said.
Measures that will affect drivers when they are brought in over the next few months include a three percentage point reduction in sales tax and higher taxes on cars which use a lot of petrol or produce a lot of CO2 emissions.
The tax on lease cars for all but the cleanest vehicles will also go up.
Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota are among the manufacturers that have slashed the price of popular models by several thousand euros, the paper says.
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