Here’s hoping that, come April, that ‘on-the-road’ fee will be ...

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Here’s hoping that, come April, that ‘on-the-road’ fee will be on the curb

Dealership add-on fees should be included in the purchase price, not slapped on at offer-to-purchase stage

Consumer journalist

April 14, 2021. 

That’s the day VW Financial Services’ appeal against the National Consumer Tribunal’s ruling — that most of the fees motor dealerships routinely add to financed car deals are illegal — will be heard in the high court.

I’m awaiting that decision more than a little eagerly, because every week I hear from people who are buying a car, have spotted that “on-the-road” lump-sum fee — otherwise referred to as a dealership or “delivery” fee — on their contracts, then e-mail me to say: “But I thought that had been outlawed?”..

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