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That's something I never understood, just glad we seem to have it alright in North America.
I also think that they have specific taxes or tariffs for luxury vehicles as opposed to others. So Audis are especially extra expensive as opposed to a Chevy or something.
 

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Just about EVERY country other than Canada and the US charge an extra luxury tax on imported cars - even from Japan - that make them MUCH more expensive than anything built in the host country. This is why brands are so inexepensive here - any most of us don't even realize it. An Audi costs a German about 35% more than the same model costs an American - and 21% of it is a sort of VAT that acts like a Federal Excise tax that we don't have -
 

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Just about EVERY country other than Canada and the US charge an extra luxury tax on imported cars - even from Japan - that make them MUCH more expensive than anything built in the host country. This is why brands are so inexepensive here - any most of us don't even realize it. An Audi costs a German about 35% more than the same model costs an American - and 21% of it is a sort of VAT that acts like a Federal Excise tax that we don't have -
I didn't realize that this was so common place. I knew that China and Australia had much higher vehicle prices, but I figured everywhere else was just in proportion to their currency and average income. Is there a particular reason why Canada and the US don't have this tax? Is it just because the Americans hate taxes?
 

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EVERYBODY hates taxes don't they?? Canada and the US DO have Federal Excise taxes on MANY things - it's just that they (the taxes) are not as high (or even applied) as in most other countries for the same things. In the US, each State also has excise or sales taxes taxes too - in many cases this nets to about the same as a country-wide VAT - but NOT always - you just have to keep in mind that EVERY place (country- state- whatever place) does it differently (and they use those taxes for different things too) so you can keep your apples and oranges straight ...
 

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That's why I like being in NA, just have to pay to play, where in other parts of the world although you may have the pay to play there are still many road blocks in your way.
 

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That's why I like being in NA, just have to pay to play, where in other parts of the world although you may have the pay to play there are still many road blocks in your way.

ahh, a poet too ...
 
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