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Before you drive away in your new car, you should be aware of some of the ‘on road’ costs involved. Both vehicle registration and duty are payable on new and used cars.
Registration transfer fees are not applicable to new cars, but apply when transferring the registration from an existing vehicle following either a dealer or private sale.
Please note: The following information is applicable to Queensland residents only. Residents of other states should contact their own state transport authority.
Vehicle Registration Duty
Vehicle Registration Duty is applicable when applying for, or transferring, registration of a vehicle. Duty is calculated on the dutiable value, except for special vehicles.
For new vehicles, the dutiable value is the total of the list price and all items of optional equipment.
For used vehicles, the dutiable value is the greater of the:
- total consideration payable by the purchaser (including any deposit, trade-in allowance and the price of all optional equipment)
- market value of the vehicle.
Exemptions are outlined in Chapter 9, Part 4 of the Duties Act 2001.
Rates of Duty – Current at 28 March 2012
Special vehicles: $25. All other vehicles - Duty is calculated using the amounts below for each $100, or part of $100, of the vehicle's dutiable value:
|Hybrid vehicle (any no. of cylinders)
|Vehicle with 1 to 4 cylinders
Vehicle with 2 rotors
|Vehicle with 5 or 6 cylinders
Vehicle with 3 rotors
|Vehicle with 7 or more cylinders||$4.00|
- For a vehicle not previously registered, the dutiable value is the total of the vehicle's list price and list prices of all items of optional equipment not included in the list price.
- For a vehicle previously registered, or a vehicle with no list price, the dutiable value is the greater of either the market value or the total consideration payable for the vehicle.
Before you drive your car, you must ensure it is registered in Queensland with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Visit the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads website for registration costs.
If purchasing a used vehicle, you will have to pay a fee to have it transferred into your name.
As of 29-5/2012 a registration transfer fee of $22.80 applies.
Registration plate fees
A fee of $24.60 is applicable to new vehicles to cover the cost of the number plates. Correct as of 29 May 2012.