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Dealers feel CCD ‘strain’

Industry association says distributors and retail partners have been given little time to adapt to government changes.
Posted on 21 December, 2023
Dealers feel CCD ‘strain’

The Motor Industry Association (MIA) says many of its members are under “added pressure and strain” after being given less than three weeks to adapt to the government repealing the clean car discount (CCD) at the end of the month.

However, it also welcomes clarity over the demise of the feebates scheme after the National-led government honoured its pre-election pledge to axe the policy. 

Full details of the unwinding of the CCD were formally announced on December 13 and an amendment bill to enact those changes was passed under urgency in parliament days later. The bill gained royal assent and formally became law on December 19.

It means the CCD ends on December 31 and the NZ Transport Agency clarifies that eligible vehicles registered up to and on that day will be subject to CCD fees and rebates.

Aimee Wiley, MIA’s chief executive officer, says the association, its members and their retail partners are focused on assisting consumers through this change.

“In terms of impact on our members and their retail partners, we welcome clarity and certainty to get on with the task at hand, but with very little time to adapt and adjust to this change it’s added pressure and strain for many at a difficult time of the year,” she told Autofile Online.

Wiley, pictured, adds there are a few key points consumers need to know to avoid disappointment as the CCD enters its final days.

“For those planning on buying a car between now and December 31, don’t delay,” she explains. 

“Get in early and submit your rebate application on the day of purchase, and no later than the deadline of December 31 at 11.59pm.

“For those who have recently purchased but have not yet submitted their rebate application – don’t delay, do it today.”