CHP chief pledges to cut car sales tax


Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has promised to drastically reduce the special consumption tax on car sales, advising people to postpone their plans to buy a new vehicle until the opposition comes to power.


“Postpone the purchase of cars until we come to power. Don’t buy now. When we come to power, we will reduce the special consumption tax. It will only be imposed on luxury cars,” Kılıçdaroğlu said in a video message late July 25.

“Today, I open the automobile file, in particular [in the context of] special consumption tax [ÖTV[. Türkiye is paying the highest car sale tax in the world,” he stated, stressing it became impossible for many in the country buy even a secondhand car, let alone the brand new one.

“We are paying the ÖTV in addition to the 18 percent value-added tax over the original car price. Plus, customs duty and annual vehicle taxes. Why so many tax?” he asked.

A Turkish citizen is paying nearly twice as much as a German citizen while buying the same car, Kılıçdaroğlu stressed, adding “I am making a very open call now. One of the first things we are going to do [when we come to power] is to cut taxes on cars up to 1.6 liters to about a quarter of the current rate.


“What you need to do is postpone buying a car and wait for our government for a bit. You will enjoy the smell of a new car with your family. You deserve all these cars,” he said. he declares.

This tax cut will not be valid for luxury cars, those who can afford the luxury vehicles will continue to pay higher taxes, the CHP leader said, calling on the automotive sector and car dealers not to not take offense at his call. “They should be patient. When we solve this ÖTV problem, they will quickly make up for their losses. They already know that the end of the road has also come for them if that [economy] keep it up.

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