Impact of GST on Two wheelers and Bikes in India

Last Modified: 12-June-2023

Impact of GST on two wheelers and bikes in India

The government of India brought the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to unify the various indirect tax rates applicable in the country. It brings 17 central and state taxes under a single tax umbrella. Like several other sectors, the two-wheeler loan segments have also seen an impact of GST. When getting a two-wheeler loan, use an EMI calculator to calculate the EMI amount before loan application. Let’s learn how much GST has impacted the cost of two-wheeler and two-wheeler loans.┬á

Effects of GST on Two Wheeler and Bike Purchases 

The vehicle’s engine capacity affects the GST percentage on purchasing a bike or two-wheeler. The higher the engine capacity of a bike, the more the applicable GST is on it. In other words, the more premium bikes attract a higher level of GST than the basic versions.┬á

Here in this table there is all the information you need to know about the impact of GST on bikes in the country.

Tax on Two wheelers in India 

Category GST Rate
Two wheelers with an Engine Capacity of over 350cc 31%
Two wheelers with Engine Capacity below 350cc 28%
Two-wheeler insurance policy 18%
Clutch Cable, Gauge Oil Level, and Brake Pads 28%
Battery Charging, Consumables, and Lubricants 18%

Earlier, multiple taxes were levied on the central and state levels, but after the implementation of GST, all these taxes were combined into one.

GST on Two wheelers in India 

The implementation of GST in 2017 reduced the tax burden on two wheelers in the country. Many bike manufacturers passed on the tax benefits to the customers through price discounts on several bike models. It encouraged more and more people to purchase their two wheelers and enjoy the freedom of safe commuting. When planning to purchase a two-wheeler with a two-wheeler loan, find out the EMI applicable on your two-wheeler using the two wheeler loan EMI calculator present online.

GST on Purchase of Electric Bikes 

Electric vehicles are the new trends in the automobile industry, and electric bikes and scooters are taking the two-wheeler segment by storm. The soaring gas and petrol prices and the increasing environmental conservation awareness motivate more and more people to opt for electric bikes. Based on this trend, bike manufacturers encourage bike enthusiasts to purchase electric bikes. To support this, the GST applicable on electrical two wheelers is only 5%. Since electric bikes and scooters are in the inception stage in the country, the low GST on electric vehicles encourages their sale and purchase across the country.

Earlier, the GST applicable on electric vehicles was 12%. With the considerable drop in the GST on these vehicles, their price has significantly reduced, allowing more people to experience the comfort and convenience of electric bikes. Since electric vehicles have vast potential in the country, the decreased prices are expected to add more value to their sales in the coming times.

GST on Insurance Policy of Two wheelers 

As per the prevailing taxation norms in India, the GST on two-wheeler and bike insurance policies is applicable at a base rate of 18%. It means the insurance policyholder needs to pay a GST of 18% on the insurance policy premium. Before GST, the two-wheeler insurance policies’ total taxes were up to 15%. Hence, the GST applicable on third-party and comprehensive bike insurance has effectively increased.

GST Impact on Top 10 Indian Bikes Prices

The following are some popular vehicles with their displacements and how the rates have changed based on the new GST rate.

1. Hero HF Deluxe

Hero HF Deluxe - GST on Two Wheeler

Prior to GST introduction, the ex-showroom price of Hero HF Deluxe was approximately INR 42,000 in Delhi.  The displacement is 97 cc. The bike GST rate has now been reduced by 3% to 5%. As the GST came into effect, the new ex-showroom price of the two-wheeler was approximately INR 41,000.

2. Hero Splendor

Hero Splendor - GST on 2 Wheeler

Hero Splendor has always been one of the most desired bikes in India as this bike falls into the affordable category. The ex-showroom price of the bike before GST was approx. INR 48,000 in Delhi. As the displacement of this bike is 97.2 cc, the price has been reduced to 3% to 5% and after GST it came to approx. INR 46,000.

3. Hero Glamour

Hero Glamour - GST on Bike

The displacement of the Hero Glamour is 124.7 cc and the ex-showroom price in Delhi before GST was approx. INR 56,000. After GST, the price was reduced to approx. INR 54,000.

4. Hero Passion

Hero Passion - Bike GST Rate

Before GST implementation, the ex-showroom price of this bike was approx. INR 52,000 in the capital city of the country. The engine capacity of the bike is 97 cc. The ex-showroom price of the bike after GST came down to approx. INR 49,000.

5. Honda Dream Yuga

Honda Dream Yuga - GST on Bikes

Displacement of the Honda Dream Yuga is 124.7 cc, and the ex-showroom price of this bike was approx.  INR 51,000 before GST came down. The price of this bike became approx. INR 50,000 after GST was introduced.

6. Honda CB Shine

Honda CB Shine - GST on Scooty

Engine capacity of this bike is 124.7cc and its price used to be approx.  INR 56,000 before GST. Post GST, the ex-showroom price of the bike was revised and it became approximately INR 53,000.

7. Bajaj Platina

Bajaj Platina - Two Wheeler GST Rate

This bike comes with 100cc displacement. The ex-showroom price of the bike used to be approx. INR 45,000 before GST came into effect. After GST, the ex-showroom price was reduced to 3% to 5% and became approx. INR 44,000.

8. Honda CB Unicorn 150

Honda CB Unicorn 150 - Two Wheeler GST

The engine capacity of this bike is 149 cc and the ex-showroom price used to be approx INR 70,000 pre-GST. After GST, the price became approx. INR 68,000.

9. Royal Enfield Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350

The displacement of this bike  is 346 cc. Before GST came down, the ex-showroom price was approx. INR 1,35,000. After GST, the ex-showroom price was Approx. INR 1,30,000.

10. Bajaj Pulsar

Bajaj Pulsar

Bajaj Pulsar has displacement of 220 cc, the ex-showroom price of this bike used to be approx. INR 92,000. After GST, the ex-showroom price became around INR 88,000.

Conclusion

A further reduction in the GST applicable on bikes and two wheelers is on the cards, and bike manufacturers and sellers eagerly await the move. A reduction in the GST applicable on two wheelers will lead to a further reduction in the price of bikes in the country. Once customers decide on a two-wheeler, they can get a loan to finance the purchase. To calculate the EMI applicable on a two-wheeler loan, an individual can use an online two-wheeler loan EMI calculator available on the lender’s website.

Frequently Asked questions

1. How much is GST on Activa?

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on motorcycles varies according to their engine capacity. Currently, motorcycles with an engine capacity below 350cc are subject to a tax rate of 28% (base rate). However, if the engine capacity exceeds 350cc, an additional compensation cess of 3% is levied on top of the base rate, resulting in an overall tax rate of 31%.

2. Can we claim GST on 2 wheeler?

Certainly! Input Tax Credit (ITC) can be claimed as it is permissible for the transportation of goods, and there are no restrictions on claiming credit for such expenses.

3. Is GST available on Scooty?

The GST rate or percentage applicable to motorcycles is primarily determined by their engine capacity. Currently, motorcycles with an engine capacity below 350cc are subject to a GST percentage of 28%.

4. How much is the GST on a bike?

In India, the taxation rate for bikes or motorcycles under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is determined based on the engine capacity, commonly referred to as cubic capacity (CC). Currently, bikes with an engine capacity of 350 cc attract a GST rate of 28%. However, for bikes with an engine capacity exceeding 350cc, an additional cess of 3% is levied, resulting in a total GST rate of 31%.

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