Last year, the same politician who made the claim about a certain RM24,860 Perodua Myvi also blamed the RM10,000 cost of Approved Permits (APs) for pushing car prices up, using his colleague’s Nissan Juke as an example.

While his statement is true, APs don’t drive car prices up in the way the politician described. Plus, the Nissan Juke is not a good example because it is a parallel-imported (PI) model. A PI, sometimes called a grey import, is a privately imported unit. Usually, manufacturers don’t provide warranty coverage as that particular unit may not have the necessary adaptation for our local driving conditions. More importantly, there is no fixed price for PIs as these are all technically used/reconditioned cars.

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