Skoda has trumped chancellor Alistair Darling by taking steps to ensure its customers do not have to pay VAT on Octavia purchases.
Last Monday (November 24th), Chancellor Darling announced that the rate of VAT paid on goods and services would be reduced from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent for a limited time, effective from Monday, 1st December.
However, instead of passing on the rate cut Skoda has decided to sell its Octavia cars to customers VAT-free in the month of December.
The offer also applies for the purchase of options and vehicle delivery, meaning that a prospective car-buyer could save up to £3,000 by buying an Octavia next month.
"As car buyers scour the market in search of great deals we are responding to their needs and covering the cost of VAT on any Octavia purchased in December," commented Robert Hazelwood, brand director at Skoda.
"The current Octavia has won a series of car industry top prizes for its driveability, flexibility, spaciousness and the great value it offers, so this is a rare opportunity to buy one of the best brand new hatchbacks on the market at a very attractive price."
The Octavia brand was revived by Skoda in 1996.