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Some mass market car dealers said sales for smaller Category A cars has slowed since changes to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system were announced earlier this month.
SINGAPORE: Some mass market car dealers said sales for smaller Category A cars has slowed since changes to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system were announced earlier this month.
Starting next February, the changes will include a new criteria for Category A cars to limit engine power to not more than 130 brake horsepower.
The changes will kick in next February.
Potential buyers MediaCorp spoke with are unsure where COE prices would head.
Some dealers have already introduced new deals to try and woo buyers of smaller cars.
Tan Chong Motors said under its new package, it's offering a S$20,000 discount.
It expects COE prices to fall by that amount in the next six months.
It is also offering buyers 12 rounds of COE bidding over a six-month period with a budget of S$60,000.
If COE prices are above S$60,000, buyers can choose to not purchase the car.
The COE price for Category A cars in the last bidding exercise was S$83,751.
Ron Lim, general manager of Tan Chong Motors, said: "If the continental mix or the luxury mix are clearing models at such a fast rate as what they have mentioned, they could've cleared the stock much earlier than next February. Given that, there could be a window period where COE might correct more aggressively and earlier than expected February or March."