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The Australia tax on luxury cars

How much is the 'Australia Tax' costing drivers down under?

From Porsche to Mercedes Benz, how much more do you pay to drive in Australia?

Let’s take a look at effects of the Australia Tax on a range of luxury and 'everyday' vehicles below

CarPrice AUDPrice USDAUD EquivDifferencePercentageManufactured in
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish$570,000$309,590$399,987$170,01329.83%England
Ferrari 458$576,072$269,903$348,712$227,36039.47%Italy
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series$639,000$229,005$295,872$343,12853.70%Germany
Rolls-Royce Wraith$778,500$289,100$373,514$404,98652.02%England
Rolls-Royce Ghost$489,000$267,800$345,995$143,00529.24%England
Bentley Mulsanne$630,000$310,125$400,678$229,32236.40%England
Lamborghini Aventador$795,000$400,995$518,081$276,91934.83%Italy
Rolls-Royce Phantom$999,444$408,040$527,183$472,26147.25%England
2014 Porsche 911 GT3$330,000$131,395$169,761$160,23948.56%Germany
Tesla Model S P85+$127,800$69,900$90,310$37,49029.33%USA
2015 Commodore SS$43,990$49,440$63,876-$19,886-45.21%Australia
Toyota 86 $36,955$26,075$33,689$3,2678.84%Japan
Subaru BRZ$37,150$29,695$38,366-$1,216-3.27%Japan
Ford Fiesta$20,990$15,595$20,149$8414.01%Thailand
Toyota Corolla$23,409$19,790$25,568-$2,159-9.22%Japan
Hyundai Elantra$18,990$17,250$22,287-$3,297-17.36%South Korea
Ford Focus$19,990$23,670$30,581-$10,591-52.98%Thailand
Kia Rio$25,011$18,290$23,630$1,3815.52%Indonesia
Volkswagen Jetta TDi$36,990$26,410$34,121$2,8697.75%China
Volkswagen Golf TDi$35,990$28,395$36,686-$696-1.93%Germany
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L$34,990$27,995$36,169-$1,179-3.37%Australia
Holden Cruze$26,918$20,095$25,963$9553.55%China
Honda Civic$34,023$24,340$31,447$2,5767.57%Thailand
Volvo S60$76,817$34,890$45,078$31,73941.32%Belgium
Toyota RAV4$37,154$30,735$39,709-$2,555-6.88%China
Toyota Land Cruiser $119,450$81,475$105,265$14,18511.88%China
Lexus IS250$59,648$39,085$50,497$9,15115.34%Japan
BMW 328i$69,990$41,500$53,618$16,37223.39%Germany
BMW 528i$115,856$52,900$68,346$47,51041.01%Germany
Mazda3 Touring$28,467$25,095$32,422-$3,955-13.89%Thailand
Nissan Altima$33,336$23,385$30,213$3,1239.37%Japan
Nissan 370z$62,091$29,990$38,747$23,34437.60%Japan
Mini Cooper S$41,857$21,700$28,036$13,82133.02%United Kingdom
Toyota Prius$36,490$24,200$31,266$5,22414.32%China
Volkswagen Beetle$34,957$20,695$26,738$8,21923.51%Vietnam

It’s no shock to any Australian that when it comes to paying for things, the numbers next to AUD tend to be exorbitantly inflated when compared to other currencies. Cars, technology, clothing, cosmetics – they all fall under what’s been coined the ‘Australia Tax’, and it can see anywhere between 10-80% being added to the price of your goods. The Tax doesn’t just affect things purchased from overseas. Anything made by a company that has international operations, that sources or manufactures products internationally, or that engages in any kind of import or export for their finished products, labour or materials, can be expected to markup the price when selling to Australians. When it comes to cars, the price is high no matter which way you look at it – but with the Australia Tax added on the prices can jump in upwards of 50%.

Both luxury and 'everyday' vehicles feel the Australia Tax pinch.

If we look at a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, it’s a hefty $639,000 if you buy in Australia. But in the US it’s a much more manageable $229,005, the equivalent of $295,519 in AUD. That’s a price hike of 53.75%. If you consider a more everyday vehicle, the Toyota Prius, you'll be paying an extra 14.32% if you buy the car in Australia.

The Australia tax is usually blamed on shipping, customs and GST, but can that really increase the price of the Mercedes-Benz Black Series $343,338?

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AUD to USD conversion handled by GoogleSheets currency plugin. All prices are correct at the time of publication and are taken from the Manufacturers official website, CarSales, Edmunds and Car and Driver.

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    KeithDecember 17, 2018

    Presuming you want to purchase a vehicle with a large difference in price. Would there be any benefit in buying it overseas and importing it yourself. Bearing in mind cost of shipping and taxes and cost of conversion to right hand drive.

      MayDecember 20, 2018Finder

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      When weighing the benefits of just buying a car locally vs. importing one, for sure there’s a difference. Not only in the cost it will differ but also the process of importation can be a bit more complicated than just purchasing one locally. You may like to check the following guides on importing and buying a car:

      I hope this can somehow help you with your decision.


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