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Buy a car in Germany
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How to buy a car from a German seller

As soon as you find the desired car through one of the internet sources, you must contact the seller by email. You have to be quick because, good cars are selling quickly these days. Don’t be afraid if you don't speak German, many sellers over here are able to speak English or some other languages. Just give it a try. Some sellers receive lots of e-mails and are not in a position to answer all of them. Call them. If the seller doesn’t speak English or French he might be able find somebody who does. Have a list with your questions ready, and ask all details of the car you need to know. Ask the seller if he can arrange the shipment or at least the transport to the German port.

Some cultural advice:
In Germany it is considered not very polite to ask a seller (especially when he is not a dealer but just a private person) right at the beginning of the conversation for the best price or the last price. Many feel taken aback if a conversation starts like this. It is better to talk to him about the car, ask questions about the condition and the possibilities of transport and when you have discussed all these facts you may start negotiating the price. Ask for a discount or better price, but don’t expect too much. German sellers are not used to much bargaining over the price. Dealership prices are mostly well calculated and the cars usually sell for the amount shown on the price tag. Or with only little discounts, if any at all.

How to pay for your car

If you buy from abroad you should know that German sellers (private and commercial retailers) do not accept payment by cheque or by credit card. Cash counts! In your case, this means that you have to send the payment by Telegraphic Transfer (TT) to the sellers bank account. That can be a risk! Before transferring any funds, demand a pro forma invoice from the seller, check if the dealer has other cars in the yard, ask people you know in Germany to contact the dealer and/or to inspect the car.

When sending a wire to a German bank please note:

Because of the actual Money Laundry Law the sender of each money transfer has to be identified: Please send a passport copy to the seller when doing a transfer. And the sender of the funds has to be the consignee of the car.


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No honest seller will ask you for payments to be sent by Western Union, MoneyGram or Escrow!!!. For detailed information about not trustworthy sellers, click button Fraud Warning” on the left.

You may have a look at Jeff Osthoff’s US
Consumer Guide To Avoiding eBay Fraud,Escrow Internet Fraud, Check Fraud, Auto Fraud, and Nigerian Scams.

No payments by Letter of Credit (LC):
This is normally a perfect methode of payment in international trade transactions, however, not for used cars!
It is a practicable transaction method for purchasing new vehicles or very expensive machinery or equipement. No dealerships or private sellers of used cars will accept this payment method because: An LC takes time to clear and the banking fees are very high. Most sellers have no experience with exports and don’t know how an LC works. LCs are not commonly used to it in the second hand auto trade. Maybe people are also afraid of the excessive amount of beaurocracy LCs require. The used car trade is a business requiring fast turnarauound, and an LC simply takes too much time. Therefore: Only cash - everything else is trash!

LHD only !
You should know that all used cars from Germany have left hand steering. You won’t find any RHD vehicles on the German market.

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