What are some tips for buying a used car in Germany?


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To buy a used car in Germany, check auto listing sites such as AutoScout24 and Mobile.de, and narrow your search using the filters on the websites. Edmunds.com suggests having an automotive budget in mind, to focus your search on vehicles you can afford. Have the used car inspected, and take it for a test drive. The Kaiserslautern American says the terms of the sale agreement should be in writing, for the contract to be enforceable in Germany.

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On AutoScout24, refine your car search by make, model, price, mileage or body color. Show the vehicle’s emission class, or view listings based on the number of previous owners. Compare the prices of similar vehicles to find a used car that has a fair price. Enlist a third-party, such as a knowledgeable mechanic, to inspect the used car before negotiating its price. A vehicle inspection helps you identify potential problems that may be costly to repair. When test-driving the car, simulate your normal driving patterns, to gauge a car’s suitability.

If a specific condition of the used car is important to you, ask for specific assurances or guarantees from the seller. Upon settling for a specific car, verify the seller’s details in the bill of sale, and keep his contacts in case a problem arises after purchase.

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