Saturday, Sep 15, 2007 at 23:35
tessa, WA have a sliding scale. Over $45,000 the 6.5% applies to the total value of the vehicle. The values where the higher rates kick in was lifted a bit on 1 July, and trailers and caravans were removed from being levied as vehicles to bring them into line with other states where there is no stamp duty on trailers. Still the worst state to purchase vehicles in.
"New & Used Light Vehicles - (gross vehicle mass of less than 4.5 tonnes)
Up to $20,000 2.75% of Market Value
$20,001 - $45,000 Market Value - 20,000
2.75% + % of --------------------------- of Market value
Over $45,000 6.5% of Market Value"
Gone Bush, it certainly pays to purchase in almost any other state than WA, but you generally need a residential address in that state before they will transfer licence to you. When you get back to WA, you will need to take the vehicle over the pits and get WA registration, but no further stamp duty as the registration and ownership will be yours. You just pay the inspection fee and plate fee. Make sure you return the plates to the state of purchase or ensure that your local licensing centre gets it right if they take the plates.
When we went hunting for an F250 we expected to purchase interstate, but the right vehicle for us was found in WA, so we copped the high stamp duty, and still had the costs of flying to get it.
I don't know how people who come from overseas and choose to purchase and resell instead of hiring get past the residing in that state bit.