I know this is a hackneyed topic but yesterday I read of yet another example of how we are ripped of in this fair isle.
I was reading Jay Leno's car review in the Sunday Times and was shocked to find out that the Bugatti Veyron is only "a million three" in the US, now at current exchange rates that makes it a positive steal at £660,000, yet we have to pay £890,000.
Now less 5% sales tax, but plus 17.5% vat we have a US list price of £736,725. Now you're not telling me that the right-hand drive conversion costs £153,275.
That's it, Bugatti is off my list for when I trade in my Skoda Fabia
"alan14" GREAT point & i suppose thats why some people go abroad to buy there car's simply after they pay import tax or what ever it is its simply thousands cheaper so its worth the jouney...gut greedy goverment...but u know the positvie side to all these high taxes is that the goverment are getting found out & people are now realising what its all about....putting more pressure on the goverment to sort it...
click here It costs around £2500 to have a car converted which is about 15% of the new price, in the UK it varies between £2k and 12k...15% added to £660k is around £800k and for a car like a Veyron it will be much higher. You need to understand that only a couple of countries in the world drive on the left and if you are producing low volumes it is not economical to set up a separate production line. It is all down to wide market economics influencing small scale markets.
As the Veyron is completely hand built it matters not whether the steering wheel is on the left or right, the cost is essentially the same, as I think you'll find a Rolls Royce Phantom is the same price in left or right hand drive, and that is made in even smaller numbers.