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Trump’s threatened car tariffs could add thousands to sticker price As the Commerce Department on Thursday held a hearing on threatened tariffs on autos, an industry representative quantified just how much it would add to the cost of vehicles. Related: Ross says it’s too early to say if auto tariffs will be imposed “Simply put, auto tariffs are a massive tax on consumers. Industry analyses show that a 25% tariff would raise the price of an imported car nearly $6,000 and the price of a U.S.-built car $2,000,” said Jennifer Thomas, vice president of federal government affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The average transaction price of a new full-size car in December was $34,113, according to Kelley Blue Book. The industry group is composed of both U.S. auto makers like General Motors GM, -1.40% and Ford F, -0.46% as well as the foreign companies such as Toyota TM, -0.24% and Mazda. Together, they represent 70% of new car sales in the U.S. It’s also fair to point out that such tariffs haven’t destroyed the part of the auto market where they already exist. There’s a 25% tariff on light trucks, and yet the most popular selling vehicle in the U.S.
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