The new Reparaturbonus scheme can be used to cover costs of repairs of electrical devices, but not regular maintenance.
The scheme started in just a few of Austria’s regions earlier this year, but from Tuesday April 26th the repair bonus is available nationwide.
The Reparaturbonus works by covering some of the cost of repairs for Austrian residents, with up to €200 per device refunded. It covers large household items like fridges, washing machines, tumble dryers, and coffee machines but also things like computers, mobile phones, e-bikes, electronic toys and garden tools.
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This is part of Austria’s so-called ‘eco-social’ tax reform, and the scheme is set to be in place across Austria until at least 2026. The Ministry of Climate Protection has allocated €130 million to cover the costs of the scheme.
The process involves creating a repair voucher at reparaturbonus.at and downloading it or printing it out. The voucher can then be taken to a participating repair business.
This means you will only need to pay up to 50 percent of the full cost upfront, with the business using the voucher to apply for the remainder of the money from the government.
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Customers can apply for one voucher per device, but can then apply for more vouchers for other devices.
All participating companies are marked as a Reparaturbonus business and listed on the website, which also has a search function to allow users to find a registered business in their district.