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Suresh Raina purchases Mercedes car worth Rs. 80 lacs from Dehradun

While many speculated that the purchase venue might have been influenced by lesser vehicle registration tax in the state, Raina stated otherwise.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has a gift for his parents. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

Indian cricketer, Suresh Raina recently purchased a suave Mercedes SUV from the state of Uttarakhand. While many speculated that the purchase venue might have been influenced by lesser vehicle registration tax in the state, Raina stated otherwise. Reportedly, the vehicle came with a price tag of Rs. 80 lacs, of which 85% was secured via bank loan.

According to reports, the 30-year old India cricketer arrived at Dehradun’s outskirts Subhash Nagar on Tuesday afternoon to complete the transaction. The vehicle he bought was the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 D. The keys of the stylish car were handed over to him amidst applause by the store members. He also said that the car was for his parents.

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The purchase venue of the Cavansite Blue coloured SUV raised a few eyebrows, considering it was bought from a different state. It’s a known fact that high-end cars are often bought in Uttarakhand in order to cut down on road tax. According to Additional Regional Transport Officer, Dehradun, Arvind Kumar Pandey, for vehicles costing above Rs 10 lacs, road tax in Uttar Pradesh is 10% while it is 8% in Uttarakhand, given that the vehicles are registered in the state.

However, Raina clarified his decision by saying, “I chose to buy the vehicle from Dehradun as the colour was not available elsewhere and the staff members at the Dehradun showroom convinced me they would make it available.” as quoted by Hindustan Times.

He further stated that he had purchased the car for his parents. The car showroom manager, Ravinder Chauhan said, “It all began 10 days ago when we received a phone call from Raina about the particular model of the SUV, and we gave him information. It was then decided that he would take delivery on November 14. Raina will register the vehicle in Delhi as he did not have documents from Uttarakhand.”

Chauhan further stated that the SUV had been brought from Karnal in Haryana with a temporary registration plate issued by the Haryana Transport department.

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