Canadians with mobility products purchased online or at retail can expect to pay the same price in Canada as if they bought them directly from the manufacturer, a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found.
The CCPA found that consumers with mobility-related goods purchased online will pay about half as much as Canadians who bought them direct from the manufacturers.
But the CCPA also found that the difference between the two prices is less than half of the $2.15 that it would cost to buy a similar product directly from a manufacturer.
The report, which was produced for the Canadian Association of Mobility Agents, found that mobility products sold at retail cost about $7.95 per kilometre of the distance travelled, or $2,130.
That’s about $3 per kilometer per year, according to the report.
In the case of a mobile home, the average price was $9,000.
Mobility products that are part of the rental business, such as trailer and trailer-borne vehicles, are subject to a 10 per cent tariff.
The study found that, even with the tariff, consumers with mobile home mobility products in their rental portfolios paid an average of $5.20 more than those who purchased them directly.
The average retail price of a mobility product purchased directly from an online retailer is $2.,846.60, according the CCPSA.
This includes the difference in tariffs, which can vary widely based on where the product is purchased.
The CCPA estimates that if the average retail cost of a product purchased at retail were $2 in Ontario, the price would be about $4.10 in Manitoba, and about $9.50 in British Columbia.
The cost of purchasing mobility products online is $1,923.60.
The average retail value of a vehicle is $3,200, according a 2015 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While the CCPAs report finds that the cost of buying mobility products directly from manufacturers is higher than buying them at retail, the CCPPAs report does not indicate what kind of tariffs the companies are charged.
“The costs associated with purchasing a product directly can be high compared to those associated with buying it from an affiliate or retailer,” the report reads.
“In Canada, there are many different types of retail chains with different pricing and terms of service that are used by both consumers and manufacturers, as well as the fact that manufacturers are required to adhere to a set of standards when using their services.”
The CCPSAs report also does not quantify how much the tariff can be applied to products sold online.
The price differences are most apparent when it comes to vehicles, which are more expensive than trailers and trailers-borne devices.
A vehicle in the rental industry typically has a price tag of about $5,000, while a trailer-bought vehicle in Canada usually costs about $2 per kilometse of the trip.
A vehicle sold on the road, on the other hand, can have a price of about 30 per cent less than a vehicle purchased directly.
The report found that while a vehicle that was sold directly from manufacturer would have an average retail prices of about 15 per cent higher than a comparable vehicle that came from a rental company, the difference was not significant enough to make a difference.
The costs of purchasing a vehicle directly from auto dealers, however, are not disclosed in the CCPCA’s report.
The main reasons why consumers would choose to purchase mobility products at retail are: to rent a vehicle or to move between cities, the report says.
The research also found the same is true of home-based mobility products.
The same report found, for example, that the average cost of renting a vehicle to a family member in Canada was $1.25 per kilomete, while the average rent for a family of four in Canada would be $3.50.
The costs of a family moving between cities would be higher.