WHAT BUYING A CAR IN GERMANY IS LIKE // Germany

After over a year without a car, we finally broke down and went through the car buying process in Germany so we can have ride of our own! If you have ever wondered what buying a used car is like in Germany from a car lot, here it is 👍

Germany – December 2019

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100 comments

  1. We are definitely not car experts so buying a car was very intimidating for us, especially in a foreign country. We hope our stumbling through the process can help someone with the system!

  2. Regt es noch jemandem hier auf der tuf sagt…. mich jedenfalls regt es tierisch auf das er tuuuuf sagt

  3. I think I like the American car buying process much better. I bought a new truck last year. It took an hour or so to do the paperwork and off I went. 60 day temporary tag in the rear window was all I needed. No inspections or emissions testing to worry about. No stickers for my windshield. No red light cameras or photo radar to worry about on the drive home. Since I had a personalized license plate already, I just had to wait for the registration and the “Z” tab sticker (Z tab in Alaska denotes a permanent registration), which I got in the mail during that 60 day time frame. I took the truck down to America a month later and no problems going through Canada or the other states I drove through with my temporary tag.

  4. Temporary tags don’t necessarily expire after 30 days. It varies from state to state. In Alaska, they’re good for 60 days.

  5. I realy like the 30-days licencplate variant that makes it so much easier to pickup a car at buying and drive back to home and give you the time to do all other nessasary stuff later on.
    I think this is something Germany really should do as well to get the whole prosess much more smouth for the costumer.

  6. Schaltgetriebe… I think there are hardly any cars with manual transmission in the US, and in Europe it is standard. And you have to learn that in driving school. If you learned on an automatic car, you get an entry on your drivers license that you are only allowed to drive automatics.

  7. I think the main reason why a lot of americans buy new cars is that loans are sold to them by car dealerships, and that the buyers are willing to take them.
    That’s not that common in germany. The majority of new cars in germany is sold to big companies or leasing corporations. Most companies here will provide a ‘Firmenwagen’ (a corporate owned car) to their employees, also for personal use; it has tax benefits, both for the employer and employee. These businesses usually keep
    the cars in their books for two years, then they sell them on the market and that’s the moment when a consumer would buy a ‘new’ car, with a great discount.
    Ever wondered why german cars looked almost alike for the last ten years? 😉
    Still, I think that’s better than to get screwed by car dealerships in the states, with their ‘zero payment down’ policies, their shady finance officers and so on.
    Correct me if i’m wrong.

  8. i know i am a little late on this one and probably not the first to mention the following…
    but first off, i really like you guys. i found you by accident and found myself stuck with you on your adventures in germany. overall you seem to to be really nice and funny people and i like what i saw this far.
    but now…
    if you are buying stuff in germany and it’s used, most times you’ll find a small hint prior to the pricetag that says “VB”or “VHS”. in germany that means you can negotiate the price.
    don’t be shy about it, germans are heavy hitters when it comes to pricing and negotiations. you should be prepared about whats the market value and be able to pinpoint the flaws of what you about to buy. in this country negotiaton means to let the other party know that you came with the knowledge and are prepared to use that to your advantage to lower the price.
    it does normally work on most used things and in case of expensive things – that aren’t designer-items – also, like appliances or furniture or cars and houses. you just have to be atleast as stubburn and assertive as your opponent. 🙂

    wish you guys all the best and hope next time you get the real deal and not be overpriced just because you don’t know how it works.

  9. 60€ for 2 plates is a rip-off! While prices may vary locally, you should expect them to be between 10 and 15 €.

  10. To be honest the reason why you see more German luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi than in the US is not because they are cheaper. In fact depending on the models they are 20 to 40% more expensive in Germany than in the US, though these are German brands. The reason is that about 80-90% of these German luxury cars when brand new are Dienstwagen (company cars) with more interesting leasing rates. So people buy more of these, and it make work the German industry.
    Myself I drive an exotic car in Germany which is more popular in the US, a Lexus GS with V8 engine. I have also sometimes an old and funny to drive Peugeot 106 at my parents home. This French brand apparently unknown to you but popular in Europe disappeared from the US market in the early 90’s but may return in the US in 2-3 years from now.
    Used small cars are mostly manual, and automatic are quite popular in sedan or saloon cars as brits says, but now most new cars even smaller ones have automatic gearbox. It is getting definitely more popular nowadays in Europe, even If I hated automatic myself before. To me it was for old retired people or people who can’t drive. But since I got automatic now, it would be hard for me to go back to manual, except if I wanted a sports car. Automatic is very good and practical nowadays.

  11. You are soo lucky that your insurance from the US covers you because that’s a big cost factor for owing a car in Germany.

  12. to handle car sellers in germany: inspect the car. look kinda interested but then naaah. someone will show up and try to understand what you did not like and will try to sell you an even more expensive car. or offer you a better price…
    i mean, you can trade and save a lot of money. it’s not a bazaar when you go into an Autohaus. but you can get pretty good bargain^^

    and TÜV is something that the US can learn of. would make the streets a lil bit safer.

  13. In Gus van Sant’s film PROMISED LAND from 2012 Matt Damon and Frances McDormand play agents sent by a fracking company to rural American communities to persuade the locals to sell their land. They go undercover, dressing like the locals, but Matt Damon is obviously no hick as he cannot drive a stick – as opposed to the farmers, whose agricultural vehicles do not tend to have automatic gearboxes. It is used as a running gag throughout the film.

  14. Hey i am an international student in germany and i have a driving license from india so what procedure do i need to follow to buy a car in Germany? Can someone help or provide useful links to refer to…

  15. There’s another option, the Jahreswagen (under one year car). They have been registered for up to 12 months by the manufacturer but either have never been used or used by their empoyes, they usualy have very little to no kilometers and are way cheaper than a new car from the factory. The car lots usually have quite a lot of them sitting around. They often come with full waranty!

  16. You should set your 2nd camera, the one from the side, to 50 or 25 frames per second (fps). That avoids the flickering on that footage, that comes from a 50 herz light source, filmed with 30 or 60 fps.

  17. You going to buy a new car can’t you just buy from existing stock on the showroom floor and not have to go to the factory to pick it up unless you live in a town where there’s a major Auto factory that makes the brand of Auto you just purchased?

  18. I think that would be a black market in Germany for those emission stickers with very low numbers on them yeah could you imagine coming in with a diesel dump truck with a number four on that sticker the police would roll their eyes when they saw that. I wonder it was a good printer can you make your own stickers how for a while when I lived in Germany I drove with my Virginia tags on my car that I bought in Germany only because I had the gray passport not the blue one

  19. now I get USAA cuz of my father’s military service you guys get USAA they will cover your car in foreign countries even if you buy the car in another country

  20. guerin Virginia in the United States we have annual car inspections so that would actually be less of a burden for Virginian then for other US citizen from another state where they don’t do car inspections hell you should have just took the tags off your old car in the United States and brought them with him slap them on your German car

  21. Alright the Citron and the opal are very popular cars in Germany opal is actually a GM product and the renewal and Peugeot if you were living in the 80s you remember those cars in the United States and they were god-awful little cars stick with German manufacturers you’ll be a lot better off + buying a Volkswagen in Germany is a lot better than buying a Volkswagen in the United States the Volkswagens you buy in Germany or made in Wolfsburg the Volkswagens you buy in the United States with the exception of two models are made in Mexico so you can see where the quality difference will be

  22. Howie legal in Germany is it to ride your high-powered souped up go kart on public roads and autobahns I’ve seen a few videos where they were guys riding go-karts on the Autobahn and I have a few that can get up to super car speeds never put it that far I think the fastest I got my Ducati powered margay chassis go-kart was 113 miles an hour in the middle of 3rd gear and it’s a 6-speed and yes Ducatis use dry clutches so there’s a clank every time you engage it I have to put a new clutch in because I never bothered to put the clutch basket cover back on and at Bosco beasts and destroyed the clutch

  23. You should practice to pronounce the Umlaut “ü”. If you are telling some German folks that you need to got to the TUV, no one would get what you mean. If you can pronounce it “TÜV”, they will understand you immediatly.

  24. Always buy a Japanese car. They never breaks down, and low maintenance costs. And stay away from French or Italian cars.
    Maintenance for German cars are usually the most exspensive.

  25. probably one of the reasons why you have to wear a second licence plate at the front of the car, are the radar scanners called blitzer. these only take a shot from the front. without a license plate it’s nearly impossible to identify the car owner. we don’t have many cops on the street so blitzen is a common “threat” on german roads. you better don’t drive too fast. and keep the minimum distance to the next vehicle in front of you, otherwise it can cost you points in the central driver register in flensburg (depending on how far you stretched the allowed limits).. once you reach 9 points, your driver’s license must be renewed and almost newly payed. will be 1500-2500 euro depending on your skills and where you live. if you lost the driver’s license because of drug usage, then its very hard to get it back. if you were even caught driving a car _without_ a valid drivers license then will be very unlikely that you get your licence back or get it for the first time if you didn’t have one before. Another difference between germany and most of it’s neighbours is, that in germany the driver’s driver license will be charged and restricted for the driver itself not the car owner’s license. in austria the driver’s license of the car owner will be charged and because of this, radar scanners can photograph the car also von behind where no driver needs to be identified. if you have more questions, feel free to ask. edit: corrected spelling/gramma. sorry was 1 o’clock in the morning xD

  26. “Germany has a lemon law that a dealer must pay for ANYTHING that goes wrong with the car in the frist year.” well that’s too inprecise and wrong. there might be a missunderstanding. there is to differentiate between gewährleistung and gebrauchtwagengarantie which are different things. first the lat aka Gewährleistungsrecht: The dealer has not to pay for anything that goes wrong. the “law” only forces him to pay for things that were supposed to be _defective_ _before_ you bought it. so if something brakes and the deffect was clearly after you bought the car, eg. you had an accident before or something similar that damaged the broken part, then the dealer must not pay, because it was your fault or responsibility. the lemon law / “gewährleistung” is actually for 2 years instead of one, _but_ its a dealers right to limit it to 1 year for a used card. the “law” also assumes, that every defect within 6 months after buying the car, is implied to be caused before the buy. that means, if you have a damage on your car after 6 months and the dealer has doubts he can refuse to pay and force legal craification from an expert. the expert has to find out if the damage was caused before or after 6 months. this decides which sode jas to pay. involving experts (sachverständige, gutachter) is expensive. good for buyers is, that also dealers shy away involving experts, because the person who want to prove something has to pay it first and it’s unclear who will pay it at the end. so most dealers just repair the damage within one year. besides the warrantiy/gewährleistung many cards at mobile.de or autoscout24.de have a 1 year guarantee which provides slightly more rights to the buyer and eliminates the 6 month risk completely. a 1 year guarantee is pretty much common nowadays if you buy a car from a comercial seller. a guarantee also does not cover verything. mostly only oil-carrying parts. now you are informed

  27. Opel (Vauxhall in UK) was a German brand in origin, than went to General Motors and since 2018 (as fars I’m not wrong) it’s part of french group PSA (peugeot/citroën)…

  28. I live in Pirmasens, so not very far from you, and were both close to the Palatinate Forest where you really need to go hiking. There are so many beautiful castle ruins near and across the French border!

  29. Manual 😱 omg no!!!!!!!!!! How can I stare at my cellphone whilst driving (sarcasm) but yeah no idea how to drive manual

  30. Not sure if it’s the same in Germany, but here all the paperwork is done by the dealer. You wait more or less the same, but at least you don’t have to queue 🙂

  31. unless you buy your car from a private person, the car sale business usually offer to do all the paperwork for you. you still have to pay for everything you listed, but it usually takes only like 3 days or up to a week and you get your car with licence plates and all the paperwork done.
    and yes if you are able to pay the entire car at once you basically always get either a small discount or a couple of extras without additional costs or a combination of both.
    otherwise i also never got a discount on anything.

  32. Manual gear shifting gives you a lot more control over the car, the revs, fuel consumption and overall driving dynamics. Also it’s more fun and assists you in developing your own personal driving style.

  33. learning stick is actually pretty easy… you just have to explain it in a easy way so people understand why and how you use the clutch pedal correctly… rest is easy peazy.
    if kids can learn so can you.

    P.S. your bargaining skills might not work because you’re not a native speaker. I had 11 cars until now and only paid full price onces. funny enough on a us classic car form ’66 ^^ but only because it was the only one available. cheers

  34. Neuwagen kaufen: (man darf hier auch auf Deutsch kommentieren, sagtet Ihr)
    Es ist einige Jahre her, da habe ich mir einen Neuwagen “ab Werk” bestellt. Der würde, sagte man mir, im Werk so gebaut wie ich ihn wollte, und ich könnte ihn entweder abholen oder liefern lassen.
    Meine Wünsche waren bescheiden: Ich wollte ein Sonnendach und die Raucherausstattung (Zigarettenanzünder und Aschenbecher). Und außerdem ein etwas lauteres Radio, denn ich liebe Heavy Metal.
    Die Lieferzeit betrug erst 8, dann 10, schließlich 16 Wochen. Zu dem Zeitpunkt hatte ich dann keine Zeit mehr, das Auto selber abzuholen, also ließ ich es mir liefern. Ich war da schon sehr verärgert, denn mehr als das Doppelte der versprochenen Lieferzeit, das sollte nicht sein.
    Das Auto kam dann bei meinem Händler an, ich fuhr es Probe, sehr ausführlich, und war zufrieden. Vielleicht auch nur glücklich. Ich weiß es nicht. Auf jeden Fall schlossen wir den Vertrag ab: Der Händler bekommt mein altes Auto zum vereinbarten Preis, und ich bezahle die Restsumme auf das neue Auto. Einen Vorschuss hatte ich ja sowieso schon bezahlt. Deal’s done, or so I thought.
    Zwei Wochen später: Es gießt wie aus Eimern, eine Woche Dauerregen (naja, Deutschland eben), das neue Sonnendach ist undicht. Es tropft durch.
    Der Händler leiht mir ein dichtes Auto, und es hat zwei Wochen gedauert, bis der Hersteller eine passende Dichtung geliefert hat.
    So geht man nicht mit Privatkunden um, die sich ein neues Auto kaufen. Obwohl: Ich war in der Klasse <50K€. Da hat man wohl keinen Service.
    Das Auto bereitete mir keine Freude mehr, obwohl es gut und zuverlässig war. Ich habe es nach drei Jahren verkauft.
    (Aus verständlichen Gründen nenne ich den Hersteller nicht.)

  35. Opel here is in America more like Buick
    Compare: Opel Insignia and Buick Regal
    Both was from GM

  36. 😁😁 you paid the full price 😁 so you made the seller very happy…sorry…buying a car in Germany is the most intensivly place where you have to negotiate for a better price…and sorry…😁😁…none in Germany buy a car without Tüv. Most of all the seller promise a brandnew Tüv, good for the next 2 years…its also a part of negotiation that the seller will take all the bureoucracy things for the licence…you give the documents, they will take all ways and all is included in the car price…did you not had any german friends or collegs for help

  37. The process doesn‘t need to take a week.
    When I purchased my last, used car, it already had a pretty new TÜV inspection and my buddy just went to get the insurance and license plates, while I did the financing paperwork with the dealership. Choosing the car, test driving, purchasing and driving off took a few hours.
    But it’s a lot different, when you’re new to the process, of course.

    About the haggling. It’s not all that common here. They have to tell you, if the car was ever in an accident. That will definitely lower the price, so you should always ask. Or you can drop the price a little bit, if you find scratches or such (but the dealership will likely have fixed any of those). But you can usually get a few extras thrown in, like a set of winter tires or coupons for the next inspections.

    Anyhow, welcome to Germany and enjoy your stay!
    From an ex-expat to the US, which was just as mind blowing the other way around. 😉

  38. Es ist ein große Freude zu sehen und zu spüren, daß Ihr beide ein glückliches Paar seid

    und ich bin gespannt, wie lange es noch dauert, bis Ihr uns Euere lustige Kinderschaar präsentieren werdet!

    Danke für Euere genau so kurzweiligen, wie charmanten Beiträge, aus denen auch ein Eingebohrener noch viel lernen kann – sagt Rainer-JGS.de,

    der Freund der deutschen Sprache und Kultur, der sich angewöhnt hat die unbeschwerte amerikansiche Freundlichkeit und Kontaktfreudigkeit im manchmal recht tristen deutschen Alltag zu praktizieren und das mit großem Erfolg!
    Aber trotzdem erwarte ich auf die Frage “Wie es gehe” immer eine ehrliche Antwort und keine fromme Ami-Lüge!

  39. Actually about the “affordable” stuff. In the US you can buy a Mercedes,Bmw or Audi cheaper than in Germany.

  40. I’m really surprised that you had to register it yourself. Usually a dealership will do that for you. Usually even for free.

  41. Just a comment from a german: the inspection is actually called ‘Hauptuntersuchung’ – which roughly, translates into ‘Main inspection’. The TÜV is just one of several companies that are allowed to do the inspection. Others companies e.g. are Dekra, KÜS, GTÜ.

  42. 1. You paid full price because you are muricans 😂😂😂

    2. Driving manual isnt that hard. LEARN IT.

    3. Opel = Vauxhall

  43. I lived in Germany from 1987-92 when I was in the RCAF, Royal Canadian Air Force), in Lahr and Baden-Soellingen. I owned a 1978 Opel Rekord that I bought for 4000 DM. It was a great little car and very dependable.
    Enjoy your stay over there and have a schnitzel and beer for me. I really miss Germany.

  44. 0:46 Did you just ignore the bike-lane (the redish lane on your right)? In some places in Germany this means death sentence! xD

  45. As someone who has just started driving for 2 years in my opinion hand shift is just more fun to drive than automatic, but automatic is nicer for long trips 😀

  46. You walk up to a mechanic, give him 1000 bucks and drive off with a 20 year old shitbox (which was a “luxurious” VW Polo in my case) that has a bluetooth Kenwood stereo. At least that’s how it went for me.

  47. Always take the factory pick up. You get a bracelet. Get to eat what you want for free. Free entry in the museum. Its like a celebration. A guy comes up the car goes into the showroom. You get everything explained in detail. Its fun. Atleast for Audi and Mercedes it was very fun to get the factory delievery. Dont know about other brands.

  48. normally the TÜV is included or renewed when u buy the car !

    for registering the car u need the insurance number .. but u can get that in advance
    u can have a 5 day registration , in this 5 days u have to change the registration to your self and get new plates
    once u have the plates u can get the green emission sticker ! normally from any trader !
    the main issue is that u don’t inform yourself properly ! or u have friends that don’t know the process!
    if u know it all can be done in 1 or 2 days !

  49. Here in germany you can only negotiate the price when you got a lot of knowledge about cars , and you can tell that the miles. wear or damage to the car is not worth the price …but that won`t work always because of all the laws here the car gets more expensive if it`s eco and tax friendly and has low miles on it . Diesel fuel cars are getting cheaper also because of the law, in most city areas older diesel fuel engines are not alowed to drive .

  50. You can negotiate prices – if it is an unpopular model and the dealer desperately wants to get it off his lot. In your case the dealer probably was confident that he will sell the car for that price.

  51. Did you have any problem because of your US-Driverslicence ? Or is it also like the german one, international valid ?

  52. For having lived in Germany for over a year, these two are pretty clueless. I assume being military personell or contractors living in Rammstein also means that your social circle is very limited to Americans. Maybe a good idea getting out and mingle with Germans more as there were quite a few misconceptions in your statements.

  53. And this is the different between German “Führerschein” and the American “Driver Licence”!
    We germans have to learn driving!
    The Führerschein is not simple and Its very expensive!

  54. Hope you enjoy your time in Germany! It’s pretty annoying here in Germany. Everything needs a visit in an office…
    Greets from the north of Germany!

  55. just one week for the registration! Damn! Im from Hanover, Germany and we have to wait at least 2 weeks for an appointment at the “Zulassungsstelle”

  56. Europe really needs to get with the program with automatic transmissions. Automatics have been around since the 50s. And now in the last 10 years, they’ve gone from 4-speeds to 6, to 8, and now 10-speed automatics. I doubt you’d be wanting to shift thru 10 gears with a manual.

  57. .. the process of buying a car can also be done in 1-2 days ^^ – you can get also temp. plates in germany too 🙂 — and in germany you can also buy new cars directly — on the same day. But if you want a individual config you have to wait for the factory – they have to build it first 😉

  58. In addition to Markus: you can buy a new car from the lot, but the process would be the same as with an used car. We Germans usually don‘t like to buy a car just standing around, we like to configure them to our like and thus we often have to wait months for it and pay ridiculous delivery fees, which I consider sort of a punishment.

  59. There is one interesting fact for you americans and other non europeans – if you live in germany (meaning you got a german adress) your license is only valid 6 months. After that it depends on the (US -) state where your driving license is from if you are allowed to get a german license without any additional test… You have to ask at the local road traffic licensing department (Führerscheinstelle des Strassenverkehrsamtes) what are the regulations in your case. You said in another video you want to visit other countries. If you want to drive by car you’ll need to know that some countries want you to have a driving license and a passport that will last you at least 3 months.

  60. So interesting, the similarities and the differences. What about the driver license? Do you have an international one or is a U.S. driver license ok?
    I knew about the TUV inspection, my husband has German friends and they have told us about this. Probably why you don’t see junker cars on the roads there!

  61. The reason you see more “luxury brand” cars like Audi and BMW is not that they are cheaper per se – on the contrary, for the same model you will pay much more in germany compared to the US – but in Europe those brands also offer the cars with smaller engines and less equipment. For example, the most basic Audi A3 comes with a 2.0l 184hp engine and lots of kit standard in the US – in germany the most basic one has a 1.0L 115hp engine. without infotainment (some years ago even AC was optional), with steel rims, halogen lights and very basic everything else. so that naked car wouldnt be more “exclusive” than, f.e. a ford focus and more geared towards the mass marked.

    there are also some smaller and cheaper models (like the Audi A1) that are not sold in the US.

  62. germans dont like being confronted by sales staff AT ALL. It is assumed that you go to the staff yourself, if you need help! One of the reasons the Wal-Mart concept failed here..

  63. About buying a new car at the dealership, most germans want to configurate their car, which means that it will be produced to the wishes of the customer.
    but the building process is about 3-6 month depanding on your options, you can buy “direct” a car that is configurated by the dealer, but those cars have most not the “right” options and the reduced price is not realy worth to take the wrong car.

  64. I am norwegian living in Norway, and went to Germany to buye a old rare car this summer. The people involved, the seller and employees at the public offices involved, was a pleasant experience, but it was a painfully old-fashon process. Walking in and out of different offices, watching people stamping and noting on papers with pencils was like taking a trip 30 years back in time. The same process, after the agreement, can now take 15 min in norway (and i guess other nordic countries), regardless private or dealer. The car inspection office (the public office who deals with car registration and inspection) has an app who seller starts, putting in information on the car, his/ her id-number and the buyers id-number. The buyer then recives text messages asking to agree/ disagree on the process. The buyer wil then recive a temproary certificates of title for the car on his/ her phone. One short phonecall to the incurance company (24 hr open) will take care of that issue. As the rest of the nordic countries (at least sweden) we are nearly a cash-free society, so a deal would start with a few minute operation for money transfering between the buyer and sellers accounts.

  65. Hey Guys, you talked about getting a car, but what about getting your License to drive that car ???? Great videos, I love the way that everyone has to critique every single little word you say.

  66. The majority of US states require license plates on both the front and back of vehicles, so that’s not unusual to most Americans. A major difference is that most countries register vehicles nationally, with the same license plates used throughout the entire country. The USA (and Canada and Australia) have an entirely autonomous, separate registration system in each state or province. Furthermore, each state or province usually will offer quantities of different plates with various designs, along with personalized / vanity plates that can have numbers and letters – usually words – of the registrant’s choosing.

  67. The unfamiliar makes of cars they’d never seen in the US (Renault, Opel, Peugeot, and Citroen) were, in fact, sold in America in the past – but I only know that because I like cars, and I’m old enough to remember them in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

  68. Did you mention passing the German license test? Buying a car in Germany is simply no fun what-so-ever, not to mention that everything is in German. How are your German language skills. I found a 2300 euro 1995 Honda Accord with 10600 km (about 66000 miles) on it through a young German gentleman. This car needed some love but it was drivable and it passed inspection. Top it off, it was an automatic which is what I was seeking. I suspect he made about 1000 euros on deal.
    SO with all that said, how are you earning a living in Germany? Living here is not cheap

  69. I am surprised to hear that you couldn’t negotiate the price. I am German and it’s actually common to negotiate with the car dealer. Alternatively, the price stays the same but you might get a new set of winter tyres and car mats, a trunk liner, a future full inspection, additional months of warranty or other services on top for free. If you got nothing else but the car for the non-negotiable price you’ve probably been ripped off (more or less).

  70. how will you shift with an automatic from 4 to 3 when u are accelerating? you cant… well this will be obsolete with electric cars 😀

  71. Of course you can negotiate the price. When you have a comparable car on the web and the price is lower, probably the dealer will match the price. A good dealership will take care of the registration process for a small fee.
    When you buy a new car in Germany you’re right that you mostly need to order it. The main difference is that’s the car is made to your likening. (Interior color and materials, exterior color, stick shift vs automatic, features, motor, etc.) But you can also buy one of the demonstration cars for a decent discount.

  72. the big thing about a new car is that you can basically configure it as you want

    you can still pick up the showcase cars from the dealers

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