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T-T rebate: Auto dealers clueless

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 10:54 IST

AUTOMOBILE DEALERS in the city still don’t have a clue regarding the quantum of trade tax concessions to be given to the customers at the Saifai Mahotsava.

“In the absence of any Government notification on tax rebate, the dealers are merely accepting new bookings while keeping delivery of vehicles on hold,” Rizwan Ansari, Team Leader, Beear Hyundai told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.

He said that ever since the Mahotsava was inaugurated two days ago, no government notification had reached the dealers in the city on the proposed 12 per cent trade tax rebate to be offered to the customers at the annual extravaganza.

“It is also not clear whether the vehicles are to be delivered at the Mahotasava venue or an option exists to deliver them even in Lucknow,” he said.

“All the cars to be sold as part of the Saifai Mahotasava package had arrived from Hyundai factory. There are a total of 75 Santro models awaiting delivery as part of the ‘Mahotsava’ package,” Ansari said.

A similar dilemma is being faced by the Maruti dealers, which had been accepting bookings from customers but are unable to discuss the tax rebate or even delivery schedules of vehicles with customers, a prominent Maruti dealer in the city said.

“There are only assumptions being made on the number of vehicle deliveries to be made at the Mahotsava from Lucknow. How can one deliver a car without official notification on trade tax rebates”, the dealer said.

Meanwhile, the two-wheeler dealerships in Lucknow are aggressively planning to utilise the Saifai Mahotsava as a platform for pushing sales of newly launched models in the UP market.

“We would be promoting our latest model “Honda Shine” at the Mahotsava. Plans are afoot to dispatch 150 units of the new model for sale at the Mahotasava within a few days,” commented Ajay Mishra, Sales Manager, Beear Honda in Lucknow. Overall the dealers would be dispatching around 500 two-wheelers to the Mahotsava. “The annual fare is an ideal platform to sell an entire range of  two-wheelers as well as to promote new models at such events, Mishra added.