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After the USA, is Canada the next cheapest in terms of new car prices?

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After the USA, is Canada the next cheapest in terms of new car prices?

It seems new immigrants find car (especially the ones with luxury badges) prices in Canada much cheaper than they were back home, especially with European imports.

Barring the USA, are there other countries were cars are sold much cheaper than here in Canada? Sounds as if people are not balling here in Canada but understand they can drive fancier cars on more expansive roads.

I have a Taiwanese friend whose dad just purchased a MB ML400 in Taiwan for around $200k CAD. The same car is probably $65k here, or not even?


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I know many countries impose import taxes that are near 100% so cars are literally double the price.. This applies to India, China etc. I know many people that have the likes of entry level luxury cars like A4/Q5 and are paying $80-90k when converted. I believe even Japanese cars like Hondas are considerably more expensive too
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2K6TSX wrote: I know many countries impose import taxes that are near 100% so cars are literally double the price..
Higher tax on cars, but when you factor in the much lower tax on income compared to Canada and HST on everyday goods, there is really not much difference. Gots to bend over for the taxman one way or another.
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er34er34 wrote: Higher tax on cars, but when you factor in the much lower tax on income compared to Canada and HST on everyday goods, there is really not much difference. Gots to bend over for the taxman one way or another.
The higher you spend on your autos, the bigger the differential. :)

Actually, consumption tax is touted to be much better than other forms of taxation but of course I agree with you, the less the better.
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I thought China has the cheapest cars.

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A lot of places have taxes+duties that go up (sometimes up to 4-5x!) based on engine displacement.

Any such country is going to have ridiculously expensive cars.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: Domestic made in china cars I meant.
Used, much much cheaper as it is likely considered a Japanese auto dumping ground, similar to many other countries in the Asia Pacific.
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er34er34 wrote: Higher tax on cars, but when you factor in the much lower tax on income compared to Canada and HST on everyday goods, there is really not much difference. Gots to bend over for the taxman one way or another.
Most countries (especially in Europe) that have high taxes on cars also have high income taxes and VATs.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: Domestic made in china cars I meant.
Most of the domestic brands in China are joint ventures with Honda, Ford, BMW, etc. As a result, they inherit a lot of knowledge and know how.

In general, I would say the build quality is on par or better than Japanese off brands like Suzuki, Mitsubishi, and Subaru.
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alanbrenton wrote: Yeah, it took me more than a decade to figure this one out. No more sub $30k cars for me then. :)

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Lol my mom is actually from st Kitts and Nevis. She told me that some doctor or lawyer once gave her and her parents a ride in his rolls Royce when she was young. Would've been back in the early 60s I guess. That whip must've cost that guy 1000000000000000 dollars.
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2K6TSX wrote: I know many countries impose import taxes that are near 100% so cars are literally double the price.. This applies to India, China etc. I know many people that have the likes of entry level luxury cars like A4/Q5 and are paying $80-90k when converted. I believe even Japanese cars like Hondas are considerably more expensive too
maybe back a few years back countries could impose tariffs like that, but any member country of GATT/ WTO cannot do that anymore or risks fines. I'm prety sure even India doesnt do that anymore.

Taxes have to be inline with domestic produces cars.
Now if on certain specifications of cars they have higher domestic taxes that will translate into higher price. e,g many countries have higher taxes on cars with larger engines,( Japan germany etc ) that translates into cars with larger bodies being taxed higher regardless of them being imports or domestic.
Here in Canada there is no distinction in those regards. hence larger vehicles are less expensive than in many other countries.
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Supahhh wrote: maybe back a few years back countries could impose tariffs like that, but any member country of GATT/ WTO cannot do that anymore or risks fines. I'm prety sure even India doesnt do that anymore.

Taxes have to be inline with domestic produces cars.
Now if on certain specifications of cars they have higher domestic taxes that will translate into higher price. e,g many countries have higher taxes on cars with larger engines,( Japan germany etc ) that translates into cars with larger bodies being taxed higher regardless of them being imports or domestic.
Here in Canada there is no distinction in those regards. hence larger vehicles are less expensive than in many other countries.
Very cool. In that case it makes sense but I think what probably plays a factor is that these 'nicer' cars are larger than their domestic counterparts and often times probably have larger engines too.. I know personally of people that have 8+ cylinder cars and have paid nearly $300k USD for them when they'd be less than half of that in Canada and likely even less in the US

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