The AADA’s involvement and assistance in public hearings as well as its recent submission, have been well-received by the Productivity Commission – which among other issues, is reviewing the laws surrounding large-scale used-car imports into Australia.
In the last issue of Automotive Dealer the substantial risks of large-scale used car importing were well-documented. With pitfalls such as no warranty coverage, no recall protection and odometer tampering all potential possibilities, consumers could be at great risk if laws blocking large-scale used imports are lifted.
When similar laws in New Zealand were removed, the market became flooded with vehicles that had no history or which had been written-off in their country of origin.
In its written submission, the AADA argued in support of a continued ban on large-scale used car imports, but also contended that any recommendation by the Commission to the Government should at least consider enforcing the same strict compliance rules mandated on all cars sold in Australia.
The Productivity Commission’s final report into Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry was sent to the Government on the last day of March. Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sittings days of receipt.
Australian consumers already enjoy one of the most competitive car markets in the world, and with so many potential risks associated with large-scale used imports, unwanted cars from other countries is something AADA believes we can do without.
Automotive Dealer will continue to provide updates on the progress of this issue and awaits the release of any announcement by the Government.