For over a month, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has been operating in Russia for the disposal of old cars. In March alone, over 33.5 thousand certificates for disposal were issued through the Ministry’s website. As has already been reported by the HRS, the program makes it possible to receive a certificate for a discount of 50 thousand rubles when buying a new car when it scrapped cars older than 10 years. It is planned to utilize 200 thousand old cars in this way. As of April 1, 166, 729 out of 200, 000 units remained. At the same time, about 150 thousand applications from those wishing to participate in the program have already been submitted in Russia. A couple more months, and the limit will be exhausted.
Meanwhile, according to the calculations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which oversees the program, it should end no earlier than November 1, 2010. It is envisaged that the costs of the experiment will amount to 11 billion rubles, including 10 billion - the provision of subsidies for reimbursement of losses in income of trade organizations when selling new vehicles, 1 billion - the provision of subsidies for reimbursement of expenses of trade organizations incurred in the transportation of old cars to disposal points.
Perhaps some political decision will be made, since 200 thousand cars are a drop in the bucket, the market for old cars in our country is estimated at about 14 million. Representatives of AvtoVAZ insist especially on the extension of the experiment. Still would! The recycling program allowed the plant to return to the 2008 sales level for the first time in a year and a half (vazovskiy products account for 72 percent of applications). By the way, experts believe that the share of AvtoVAZ cars should decrease further - new offers in the lower price segment will begin to appear on the market.
Incidentally, the idea of continuing the disposal campaign was supported by representatives of the Ford plant in Russia. For them, this is also a significant help. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is still silent and does not comment on these statements, gradually reimbursing funds to trade organizations. But in order to regulate the process, just in case, the Ministry has already banned customers from printing certificates independently - now only dealers can send this to them, who sent a password to a closed page on the Ministry’s website. By the way, many dealers had difficulties obtaining these electronic keys.
In the regions, the program was delayed - while it was determined with the disposal sites, the clock was ticking and a queue was going. As a result, in the first days of the opened points, the auto-rubbish was pressed without a break.
In general, it seems that if it were not for some of the costs (utilization of complete machines, a modest amount of compensation), the experiment could be successful and continue on an ongoing basis. But not so simple.
Take at least this completeness. The authors of the program explain that it is necessary - they say, the owner of an incomplete car, which stood for a long time in the yard, or has already bought a new one, or will never buy it (that is, this program is not for him), but in practice no one really picks a car does not strictly check. But isn't it the other way around: an abandoned car is quite on the go, and the owner has long bought a new one. Or so: the owner of an old woman plundered in the yard can’t save up on something that can move … In addition, if the car is fully equipped, but not on the move, then delivering it from home to the car center (passing through the MREO) falls on the shoulders of the car owner. And now the tow truck is worth three pennies, which means that the discount will not be 50 thousand anymore … That 1 billion rubles allocated by the state under the heading “overhead costs” is used to compensate the processors for transporting cars only from the auto center. Another detail: according to the rules, the certificate is valid only for two weeks (this is done, as explained, in order to ensure uniform demand for new cars). But there wasn’t a car in the warehouse - many weren’t ready for the influx of customers - and the cherished piece of paper expired. What's next? It is advised to wait for a call from the passenger compartment that the car is on the way, and only then go for a certificate.
It is difficult to say how the situation will develop even in a month. While some salons selling expensive cars offer customers not to get involved in the state program at all: it’s easier for the dealer to cut prices themselves, but to save both themselves and the client from losing time. Meanwhile, amid falling sales, the competition between manufacturers for the "recycling" buyer is just beginning. After all, you can buy under the program any car made in Russia. And this is Toyota, VW, and BMW … The model and price do not matter.
By the way: no tax to pay!
The State Duma of the Russian Federation very timely managed to adopt amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, exempting citizens from personal income tax on the amounts received from the state for cars that were handed over for recycling. Otherwise, having received a certificate for 50 thousand rubles, its owner would have to pay the corresponding tax at a rate of 13 percent, that is, about 6.5 thousand rubles.
In the UK, the anti-crisis program of state subsidies for the purchase of new cars has completed. “The program has fully fulfilled its tasks - stimulating the automotive sector during the economic downturn and recycling old cars, ” the Associated Press quoted a statement by the British Minister for Business and Entrepreneurship Peter Mandelson.