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What Are Malaysians Really Paying for Tax on Imported Cars?

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Though Malaysia’s public transportation infrastructure is improving bit by bit, we still have a long way to go in terms of ease of connectivity for most people. Whatever the case, most Malaysians are still purchasing cars to make their lives easier and we all know how expensive imported cars can get.

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So why are they so expensive?

It is the excise tax. Excise tax is an additional tax that needs to be paid when purchases are made on a specific item or good. In this case, it would be on the imported car.

Here’s a look at just how much excise tax you can be charged for passenger vehicles in Malaysia.

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Source: MAA

To illustrate just how expensive this can really be, we’ve put our own comparison together.

Just a heads up, the prices does not include all the other expenses involved when purchasing a car such as licence plate payment or road tax. Also, there are no specific criteria for the cars selected for comparison.

 

Luxury options

Porsche 911 GT3

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Source: Porsche

Country Germany Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM625,390 From RM829,268
Tax rate 19% 105%
Tax price RM 118,825 RM870,732
Total price RM 744,212 RM1,700,000

 

Lexus LC 500

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Source: Lexus

Country Japan Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM479,356 RM940,000
Tax rate 8% 105%
Tax price RM38,348.50 RM987,000
Total price RM517,705 RM1,927,000

 

2017 Aston Martin DB11

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Source: Car And Driver

Country United Kingdom Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM867,566 RM975,610
Tax rate First year rate 105%
Tax price RM10,990 RM1,024,390
Total price RM878,558 RM2,000,000

 

Summary

If you compare the actual price of the vehicle, the amount that you would pay isn’t too bad. It comes down to the total price though and this is affected by the excise tax. Most of the countries have local taxes of less than 20% whereas Malaysia has an excise tax of 105%.

Crazy right? This results in the total end price not just doubling but for the Lexus model, coming up to almost triple of the price you would pay for it in Japan!

 

Affordable options

Honda Civic Sedan 1.5

The Truth About Taxed Overseas Cars in Malaysia - WORLD OF BUZZ
Source: Honda Malaysia

Country Japan Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM90,786 RM124,092
Tax rate 8% 75%
Tax price RM7,263 RM93,070
Total price RM98,049 RM217,160

 

Haval H2

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Source: Haval

Country China Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM90,786 RM81,814
Tax rate 7.5% 75%
Tax price RM4,617 RM61,307
Total price RM95,403 RM143,121

 

Volkswagen Golf TSI Comfortline

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Source: Volkswagen

Country Germany Malaysia
Price of vehicle RM97,560 RM149,888
Tax rate 19% 75%
Tax price RM18,536 RM112,416
Total price RM116,096 RM262,304

 

Summary

As compared to when you’re purchasing a luxury car, these cars are a bit more on the affordable side. With a tax rate of 75% though we’re still on the higher side when it comes to being taxed.

One interesting thing to note here is how the Haval H2 is actually cheaper here in Malaysia but because of the taxes, Malaysians still end up paying more than their Chinese counterparts. T_T

 

And there you have it! Never knew exactly how much tax you’re paying for an imported car do you! Well now you do!

 

Also read: 5 Important Things to Take Note Of If You Plan to Get a Secondhand Car in Malaysia

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