Referring to the consequences that the discussion of car price liberalization may have, Izadkhah said: “The next discussion is to see whether the expectation of car manufacturers to receive more money than the cost price is a reasonable demand or not?” The idea of a government car does not answer these ambiguities. When we ask senior government officials, do you accept the economic and social consequences of the issue of car liberalization? They do not answer and remain silent. The fact that the price of cars will be liberalized overnight is a decision of a sudden increase in the price of gasoline in November 1998, and it has a direct effect on people’s livelihoods. Therefore, it may face widespread social reactions. On the other hand, it does not mean that all the profit of increasing the price of the car will be given to the automaker.
Explaining the parliament’s plan to organize the car market, a member of the parliament’s industries and mines commission said: “In the plan of the parliament’s industries and mines commission, these ambiguities will be answered to organize the car market.” That is, in the first place, no action is taken to increase the price of the car and there is no shock in the market. In fact, the cost price of the car is determined by the government or the support organization, etc., then the car goes to the stock exchange and finally is sold at any price set by the applicant and the buyer. In a competitive trend, the market determines what number of car prices should be set around. In this process, even if the price of the car is set high, it does not mean that the government has increased the price of the car.
He added: “In this plan, special attention has been paid to the automaker’s share of price increases so that the automaker does not take advantage of the turmoil in the economy and does not make unconventional profits from the pockets of consumers.” In other words, the automaker must eventually deduct the cost of the car plus the approved profit. If the state of the economy is not balanced, it does not mean that the automaker will sell the car at the highest possible price and make all the profits.
Government and parliament common points for organizing the car market
The combination of these factors shapes the differences between the government and the parliament in determining car rates. But the common denominator between the parliament and the government is that the multi-price system is detrimental to car prices and any other area. Some may make a good profit through business, but the general public and consumers face many problems. In other words, both the government and the parliament believe that the price of the order set by the Competition Council, which does not correspond to the facts of the cost of the car, is the cause of the disorder in the car market.
The representative of the people of Tehran further reminded: The dispute, however, starts from the place where the government says that the determination of car prices should be left to the margins of the market and it does not take responsibility for its decisions. At the same time, he is not willing to determine the difference between the free market price and the cost price of the car. On the other hand, the parliament believes that the price should be set in the capital market, while the surplus resources resulting from the liberalization of car prices should also be assigned. Why stock market? Because there is no more transparent and reliable mechanism than the capital market.
He added: “Of course, the supply of cars on the stock exchange must be planned in such a way that the supply and demand process is managed.” It should not be the case that any person and current that wants to be able to enter the market and buy a car in line with commercial approaches. Undoubtedly, once the trading process becomes more transparent, a significant portion of the false demand will be removed from the car trading cycle, and the market will be more balanced.
Izadkhah in response to the question of the reporter of Eqtesadonline whether the parliament will enter the way of car purchase registrations before the approval and implementation of the plan to organize the car market? He said: There are many ambiguities in this section as well. It is basically unclear what mechanism is used to register applicants to buy a car from the factory. The parliament has asked several questions to both the Minister of Silence and the automakers, but these demands have not yet been answered. In the latest case, major car companies were asked to provide commission members with a list of car sales over the past year, to which no response has yet been received. Of course, the parliament will try to provide the necessary transparency in this regard by using oversight tools.