20 July 2020 · About Us

What “Government Charges” on a vehicle actually means.

We know that buying car can sometimes be overwhelming. There are a lot of things to consider, ranging from what colour you prefer, if it has parking sensors through to working out how fuel efficient is the vehicle is. At the end of the day, we know the main factor for most of you will be the price of the vehicle and this will ultimately make the decision on which car you will purchase. You’ll want to know all the costs involved when buying a car so below we have given you a summary on what to consider:

Let’s talk advertised price vs driveaway price on new vehicles.

Before 2009, a dealer’s advertised price often didn't match the driveaway cost. That has changed and these days dealers must advertise a single total price, so you know exactly what you're paying for.

When you purchased a new Toyota from us you can be assured that the driveaway price includes;

  • Car purchase price
  • Stamp duty
  • Compulsory third-party insurance (CTP)
  • Registration
  • Dealer delivery fee (specifying if any additional regional/delivery fee applies)
  •  It is worth noting that stamp duty, CTP and registration costs will vary from state to state.

What it may not include:

If you live in a regional area, or the car requires additional preparation work to meet your requests, there may be a variation on the dealer delivery fee.

If you've decided to order any accessories or optional extras, these will be added onto the drive-away price.

There are no hidden costs, you will know exactly how much you will be paying for your new Toyota.

Now let’s talk used vehicles & government charges:

On our used vehicle stock, this is where you see “excludes government charges”. This is not something we will charge you; this is a separate charge that comes from the Australian Government that you will need to pay post purchase. It is a one-off tax paid payment when you licence or transfer a vehicle in WA.

Driver and Vehicle Services is required by the Duties Act 2008 to collect vehicle licence duty when a vehicle is licensed or its licence is transferred.

When purchasing any used vehicle, you must take into account the stamp duty charges you will have to pay on top of the price of the vehicle. The price of stamp duty is different per state, although the main calculation is based on the Gross vehicle mass of the vehicle and the dutiable value.

There is a simple calculator below which is found on the department of transport you can use to work out how much this charge will be. 

Not only at time of purchase but the clearer you are about how much your car is going to continue to cost even after you buy it, the better equipped you'll be to find the best car for your lifestyle and financial situation. See a blog of other costs to consider when buying a car we have written to help: