PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2033 times:
Just out of curiosity, why the hell is a Chrysler Grand Voyager (Town & Country for those in the US) $66,000 dollars in the UK, where here in the United States the same thing is $33,000?! Does Chrysler not want their fine vehicles to sell in the UK or something ? This strikes me as surprising, but I suppose there is nothing anybody can do about it. Also, what is this stuff about CO2 taxes and other such fees? Why do they exist in the UK and not in the US?
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:
I did indeed. Since the US is sooo environmentally conscious, I don't see why lawmakers haven't introduced such a tax here as well. It's not like I'm eager to pay it or anything. Quite the contrary, actually. But it'll keep those idiots with monstrous SUVs off the road, or driving smaller cars.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:
The most important difference is the exchange rate. This is despite that some of those models are assembled in Austria (by Styer-Puch), and you can get diesel engines, which we cannot get in the USA. Currently 1 UKP = $1.90 USD
While we don't have CO2 or similar special taxes, there are annual taxes in some states (1%-6% of the retail price or est market price for a car after the 1st year and in addition to the registration fees) or registration fees based on the value of the vehicle. In some cases, the weight of the car is used to determine the registration fee. Some states do give discounts on taxes or registration fees for electric or hybred cars. Our prices also do not include any State Sales Taxes, which can very from none in some states or 3-almost 9% on the price paid for the car. Your prices include 17% GST/VAT.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2020 times:
Start comparing more run of the mill vehicles in the UK like the Ford Focus or VW Golf...
The unfavorable exchange rate between the dollar and pound is the main reason why car prices look so much more expensive in the UK. The other reason is that those prices are VAT and (usually) registration and 1st insurance included. You'll often see on UK autosites OTR (on the road) prices. whereas in the US tax, title, license, and insurance are not inclusive... not to mention dealer processing fees of varying amounts from reasonable to not reasonable. You'll find the same on the continent as well... if you do the conversion from the Euro to the US Dollar.
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Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
"Why The Rediculous Prices For Cars In UK?!"
This is a very good point!
Me and a friend were discussing the rental car that we had in the US, which was a BMW 330i. Seen below:
Over in the US it retailed out at about $35,000 (£18,000) where as in the UK it starts out at £29,000 ($56,000). This was with no options of course!
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 4): Start comparing more run of the mill vehicles in the UK like the Ford Focus or VW Golf...
The Focus in the US ranges from about $14,000-$19,000 (£7,300-£10,000) where as in the UK prices tend to range from £12,000-£16,500 ($23,000-$32,000).
The VW Golf in the US ranges from about $16,000-$21,000 (£8,400-£11,000) and the "GTI" is around $19,500-$23,000 (£10,100-£12,000) where as the UK prices tend to range from £11,995-£22,000 ($23,000-$43,000) ("GTI" inclusive in those ranges.)
Ok, so lets compare something very American. The Chrysler PT Cruiser for example!
In the US you would typically pay $14,200-$24,000 (£7,400-£12,500) over here in sunny England you would be looking at around £13,000-£17,300 ($25,000-$33,000).
Now as we can see, prices are horrendously cheaper in the USA. Regardless of what car you are buying, the savings made are incredible!
Edit: Now we know why Americans can spend soo much cash on their teeth!
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1945 times:
Quoting PanAm330 (Thread starter): Also, what is this stuff about CO2 taxes and other such fees? Why do they exist in the UK and not in the US?
That's Road Tax, we've had it for a long time. Nowadays it is tailored to the CO2 emissions of the car. Less emissions, less tax. It isn't tailored to engine size as it once was, so larger engines can have different tax bands depending on emissions.
Britain now has widely available cleaner fuel too, low sulphur City Diesel and Low Sulphur Petrol.
Quoting DABZF (Reply 7): Now be lucky that in UK you have cheap cars and stop complaining
Car prices in Britain have dropped substantially in the last fifteen years or so compared to earnings. A Polo which I bought seven years ago would now cost me over £1000 less in actual pound coins for the same specification and engine size.
I'm currently car shopping and what I paid 3 years ago for an Astra is roughly what I would pay today if adjusted for inflation (about 6%) but with even more toys thrown in.