Want a used car? Try Germany or Belgium
Car sector organisation Bovag has just confirmed a growing trend among the Dutch: cars are more appealing outside of their country.
According to Bovag, the used cars imported to the Netherlands rose by 25% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014. Cheaper prices and more choices in German and Belgian markets have pushed the Dutch to buy from these sources rather than from used-car dealers in their own country.
For example, a car in the Netherlands with 40,000 mileages can be bought for €6,000 less in Germany. Whereas buyers can only choose from among 15 units in Holland, those go buy in Germany can choose from 900 units.
Bovag noted that families are also choosing petrol-based cars over diesel, which dominates the Dutch new car market.
The shift to used cars in the Netherlands has led to plummeted sales in new cars by 25% from 2012 to 2013.