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The tax in question is the 'benefit in kind' charge that is currently calculated as list price, multiplied by a percentage that's based on emissions. It's already frustrating enough that it's based on list price rather than actual cost (you can often find a new car for thousands less than MRP.)
My point was that maybe it works better from the manufacturer's point of view to subsidise the list price with servicing. I'm not saying for a minute that's better for Joe Public, but then we all know whose interests they're looking out for. I'm not trying to justify their actions, just come up with a possible explanation.
Maybe a further option would be a single up-front payment for servicing that covered the first so many years. It would achieve the result you're after without loading the list price of the car. I think some (BMW?) already offer this as an option.
Currently in Horatio's garage:
2010 Laguna III Initiale.