Buying a new car in Luxembourg: tips to know

If you have recently settled in the Grand Duchy, one detail may have surprised you: mobility is still based on the car despite the wide range of public transport services available. More than a means of transport, the car is rooted in the culture of the country. It is an object of desire, a topic of conversation and it arouses passions. Moreover, the conditions for buying a new car in Luxembourg have certain advantages over European neighbours. Synopsis.
Simplified procedures

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Registration and payment of the road vehicle tax are the preconditions for putting your new vehicle on the road.

However, nothing could be easier, even for newcomers. Most of the time, these steps are taken by the dealer making the sale.

However, in Luxembourg, it is necessary to have car insurance coverage in order to be able to register your vehicle.

17% VAT on new vehicles

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What is a new vehicle? According to the tax definition, it is a vehicle that is less than 6 months old or has travelled less than 6,000 km.

To insure a new vehicle, it is better to play it safe. In the event of an accident, if your new car is beyond repair, AXA’s Auto Privilege package allows you to buy the same car at its current price for 3 years.

AXA considers a vehicle as new until it is 12 months old. It can thus benefit from the 3-year coverage, even if it is no longer considered new for tax purposes.

You can also choose to buy your new vehicle abroad; the 17% VAT rate remains applicable, since it is linked to the country of registration.

But be aware that in this case, it is likely that your dealer will not know what steps to take to register your vehicle. No problem: your car insurer can assist you, by offering registration services. Once your vehicle is imported into Luxembourg, AXA’s Registration Service allows you to have your vehicle delivered directly to your home with its new number plates fitted, without having to worry about it.

Sustainable mobility: discounts for eco-friendly vehicles and taxes for polluting vehicles

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Highly committed to reducing the ecological impact of travel, the Luxembourg government grants financial advantages to applicants to promote greener mobility.

Thus, since 2019, if you buy a zero-emissions car, i.e. one with an engine powered by electricity or hydrogen leads to a purchase discount of €5,000.

For hybrid vehicles (electric and fossil-fuel) with emissions less than or equal to 50g of CO2/km, the discount awarded totals €2,500.

This measure is considered more advantageous and a greater incentive, and for residents it replaces the tax benefit model that was implemented in 2017.It is therefore not possible to combine a purchase discount and tax deductions.

Note that since 2020, the Luxembourg State has applied a new calculation method to assess the environmental impact of motorised vehicles.

For electric and hybrid vehicles, the rules remain the same: emissions must be less than or equal to 50g of CO2/km to benefit from a purchase discount. However, the calculation is based on a new standard, the “Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), allowing an estimate of CO2 emissions that is closer to reality than the old calculation method. The new calculation method will be applied to vehicles put on the road from June 2020.

This new standard also has an impact on the calculation of the annual tax on road vehicles, which is also based on your vehicle’s emissions: the more polluting your vehicle is, the higher the tax to be paid each year. Here, only vehicles put on the road from 1 March 2020 are affected by the new calculation method.

Also on the insurance side, green mobility allows you to benefit from discounts on your insurance premium.

The Autofestival, the High Mass of the automobile

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Nearly one-third of annual new vehicle sales are made during the motor show.

At the beginning of each year, during 10 days, nearly 30,000 visitors come to one of the country’s 75 car dealerships for 10 days.

On the event programme: new models, limited series to try but also special discounts...

The speciality of the festival is to bring together families looking for the right deal, as well as the curious and lovers of beautiful engineering.

Like Thomas, a young student from Luxembourg who dreams of owning a Jaguar one day. “I go there every year with friends. Luxury brands also get involved in the event. And the salesmen are happy to welcome us, even if we’re only there to look.”

But the Autofestival is also a way to do good business. An exceptional discount, accessories or options offered, each manufacturer is looking for a way to stand out. And the buyers know the difference.

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