The delivery time of some of the cars in the local industry has been reduced to two-thirds, after the government barred non-filers from buying or importing any vehicle from 1 July 2018. The action of prohibiting non-filer was taken to encourage them to become active tax filers and also to facilitate the existing filers.
The main reason why the delivery time has decreased is the fact that many people buying cars belongs to the non-filer class and as car manufacturers halted booking for non-filers from July 2018, the waiting time to get the car has reduced. However, the auto industry fears that the booking number of new vehicles will continue to go down and their sales will drop if the government doesn’t allow non-filers to purchase the vehicle.
The same was asserted by the CEO Toyota Indus Motor Mr. Ali Asghar Jamali. He said that 60 percent of their buyers are non-filers and if they are barred from purchasing a car, the sales will drop sharply.
The delivery time of Wagon R has been reduced by one month, as previously one has to wait for five months to get their hands on Wagon R, but now as per ET, the time has been reduced to four months. However, the other Pak Suzuki products such as Cultus, Bolan and Ravi, are still handed over to customers in 90 days period.
Another reason why the delivery timing of Wagon R has been decreased is the government’s decision to reopen the import of cars, which was halted by the government itself to curb the trade deficit, this phenomenon boosted the demand of Wagon R, and the company had to suspend its bookings.
Aside from Pak Suzuki, local Toyota dealers have also said that due to banning non-filers from purchasing cars, the delivery time has come down sharply. The delivery time of Toyota Revo and Fortuner has dropped to one month, which was previously being shipped to customers in four to five months.
Some analysts are of the view that non-filers issue will bring down the sales of local automakers. Tell us what you think about this issue in the comments section below.