Ministry for Industries and Production has admitted that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are not delivering cars within prescribed period as envisaged in the auto policy, resulting in an extra profit for investors.
According to the Ministry documents submitted to the National Assembly, it was confirmed that OEMs are not delivering some variants of cars within the prescribed period of two months. The OEMs and their authorized dealers do not charge ‘own’ money directly, however, it is the investor who makes an extra profit, because customers are not willing to wait for their turn for the vehicle of their choice.
The government has taken some measures to handle the menace of ‘own’ money and late delivery.
According to Automotive Development Policy (2016-21), price and delivery schedule should not exceed two months from the time of booking. Any delay over two months results in a discount @ KIBOR+2 percent prevailing on the date of final delivery/settlement from the final payment, which is a measure to discourage any delay in the delivery time beyond sixty days.
Under the ADP-2016-21, the auto assemblers are required to reimburse KIBOR+2% to the customers on late deliveries beyond 60 days. The Ministry is engaging all the relevant stakeholders including manufacturers/OEMs, FBR, dealers, banks/SBP and end users to address the issue with Federal-Provincial coordination and cooperation from sale/purchase to the registration of the vehicle.
Furthermore. the government has taken some steps to control the rising cost of automobiles being assembled/manufactured in Pakistan. Federal Government approved Automotive Development Policy (ADP)-2016-21 to control the rising cost of automobiles, creating competition by attracting new companies, improve the availability of cars and offer vehicles to the public that have quality, safety, and environmental features.
The prices of automobiles are higher in Pakistan as compared to the global prices. Prices of Suzuki’s Wagon-R and Swift are higher in Pakistan than India and Indonesia due to low volumes. Whereas the price of Toyota Altis produced in Pakistan is less than those prevailing in the regional countries. Prices of Honda City and Civic are also less in Pakistan as compared to prices of these vehicles in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. However, these vehicles also come with a lack of basic features like airbags for every passenger.