At carwow, we aim to make buying a new car as simple and enjoyable as possible. However easy the process is, there are lots of terms and processes that can be difficult to understand. Often carmakers will tell you a car’s ‘on the road’ price but what exactly does it mean?
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What is on the road price?
On the road price differs from the car’s list price (RRP) because it includes everything you’ll need to legally get the car on the road. While a car’s list price is the total cost of a vehicle once it’s rolled out the factory (including VAT), to get it to the dealers and ready for its new owners, there’s a myriad of add-ons that bump the price up. These can include…
- Delivery charge – this varies depending on the manufacturer, but usually costs a few hundred pounds
- First registration fee – the Government charges £55 to register a brand-new car
- Number plates – once the car is registered, the dealer will often charge you for printing your new plates
- Road tax – the first year’s road tax is included in on the road prices and the cost will change depending on the car in question
- Fuel – to get you going, the dealer will put some fuel in the tank
Are carwow offers on the road price?
You’ll be glad to know that all the offers you’ll receive from carwow dealers include these extra costs. Aside from the price of the car, all offers include VAT, first registration fee, number plates and that all-important road tax.
This means, once you’ve bought the car, there’ll be no hidden costs when you pick it up from your chosen dealer. The price you see is the price you pay. You’ll find carwow dealers are only the very best, so you’re guaranteed to have a pleasant experience.