The Thai government has set a deadline of 30 September for the last delivery of cars bought under the previous government’s first-time buyer scheme. The scheme was originally launched in 2011 mainly to help establish a domestic market for the expanding range of eco-cars entering production in the country.

Under the scheme, first-time buyers of vehicles costing up to THB1m (US$27,800) are entitled to a tax refund equivalent to 10% of the value of the car after five years of ownership. While the deadline for applications for the scheme closed at the end of 2012, there are still a number of potential buyers that have applied for the scheme but have not yet actually bought their cars.

Cars delivered after 30 September will no longer qualify for the tax rebates.