Driving Our Future

New car Dealers are locally-owned businesses which employ tens of thousands of Australians, pay tax in Australia and provide Australia with a safe, modern fleet of passenger vehicles. 

Election Priorities

The automotive industry is in a state of transition and this federal election provides political parties with an opportunity to commit to:

1 – A FAIRER AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Australia’s new car Dealers are all franchised to offshore multinational automotive manufacturers. The relationship between Manufacturers and new car Dealers is characterised by an imbalance in power which disadvantages both dealership businesses and consumers who purchase new vehicles from Dealers. 

Australia needs an industry specific Automotive Industry Code of Conduct to protect the important contribution which franchised new car Dealers make to Australia.

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2 – AFFORDABLE NEW CARS

Federal taxes on new cars, such as the Import Tariff and the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) disadvantage consumers seeking to buy new cars which deliver safety, environmental and fuel efficiency benefits. These legacy taxes were introduced in an era when Australia still manufactured passenger cars and to maintain them only disadvantages consumers and local businesses. 

Australia needs to modernise its automotive taxation regime to encourage affordable safe, clean and efficient new cars.

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3 – RULE OUT USED CAR IMPORTS

There are significant consumer and safety risks associated with importing used vehicles which essentially have no traceable history. Unbeknown to a car buyer, used vehicles coming in from abroad may be subject to a recall, could have been affected by hail or flood damage or could have a false odometer reading. 

Australia needs to rule out used car imports to ensure high standards of safety and consumer welfare.

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4 – CONSUMER FOCUSSED EMISSIONS POLICY

Over the past 15 years, new vehicles in Australia have dramatically reduced their emissions and will continue to do so as Manufacturers respond to the market. Regulations seeking to reduce vehicle emissions should avoid dramatic price increases and restriction of choice, as this may lead to reduced new car sales which will hurt industry and result in poor environmental outcomes. 

Australia needs a vehicle emissions policy which does not significantly increasecar prices and restrict consumer choice

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