NEW CAR DISCOUNTS CAUSE CONFUSION
Contributor / 2009-05-29 09:22:53
The government’s plan to stimulate the automobile sector with a 2,000 euro incentive upon the purchase of a new car has been received with bemusement by dealers and flat refusal on the part of some regional administrations.
The plan, announced by Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero during his state of the nation address last week, promises 500euros from central government coffers, 500 euros from regional government funds, and 1,000 euro from dealers themselves. A consensus had not been reached when the prime minister announced the scheme, due to come into affect this week. No law to guarantee the plan is yet in place, although it is expected that this will be addressed shortly. “I’m not going to offer my clients this package until I see it in the Official State Gazette,” said a Citröen salesman in Madrid.
The scheme states that the incentive is available to the general public, self-employed people and small and medium-sized businesses, upon presentation of a vehicle either 10 years old or more, or with 250,000 kilometers on the clock. The National Association of Car Makers (Anfac), has said that it will apply the 1,000 euro discount, but car dealers’ associations have said that it will be difficult to finance.
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