Buying a car in Germany

Buying a car is always exciting no matter where you are. Things however get stepped up a notch when your buying a car in Germany. When most people think about Germany the first thing that comes to mind is the autobahn. And with your new, chic means of transportation, you too will be able to tackle those roads and push your car to the limit in the areas of the Autobahn where there is no speed regulations. And of course there is the experience of going to the dealers and shopping around for something that fits your style and budget. Keep in mind that cars in Germany tend to be smaller than what you’re probably used to if you call the United States home.

Now your first quest will be setting a budget for yourself. Will you go for a new car or a used car? Is there a certain brand that you just must have?

New cars can be pretty pricey, but if you do have the budget for it, then this is definitely the way to go. You will have a wider selection and know that in your price range there is little mileage on the car that you ultimately decide on. Another plus to buying a new car is that you don’t have to worry about something malfunctioning or the dealers trying to hide some form of defect that the car has. Your car will have never been in an accident, it will have a history that is fresh and clean. And not to mention that new car smell, the scent of adventure. Another plus to buying a new car is being able to customize a bit. You’ll have the option of choosing a car with a sunroof, you’ll be able to select the colour, and of course you’ve got the chance to add cool accessories like TV’s. However, the reason why most people opt against getting a new car is of course the price and the fact that being able to bargain is a tad bit more difficult. With a new car you can expect to pay the price you see displayed, and additional costs come with additional features. Discounts may be applicable for buyers who pay cash, but know that the price of your new car still will not drop drastically.

With a used car price is the big factor. Buying a used car doesn’t mean that you have to get something that hardly looks functional. In fact, one of the advantages of buying a used car over a new car is that you can opt for a nicer model and still pay less than what some new cars cost. You’ll also be able to save on insurance as your rates will typically be lower with a used car.

Where to look?

There are many places one can find both used and new cars. There are the newspapers which carry listings, the internet, dealerships. Just be sure to be cautious when buying a car from a private owner.


Saskia Petz

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