Buying a car despite coronavirus: guidebook
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Buying and registering a car during the coronavirus pandemic? Was difficult, but since the 20. april 2020 car dealers may open their branches again. However, hygiene regulations require new solutions.
Anyone thinking about buying a new car in the spring of 2020 could spend hours in the configurator, get comprehensive information- but do not make a purchase because the dealers were closed due to the coronavirus. Since 20. april 2020, however, car dealers may reopen their salesrooms if they comply with the specified health protection measures.
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Buying a car& registration despite corona virus
Even if it was temporarily not possible to buy a car through a stationary dealer including a visit to the dealership, it was still possible to buy a car despite coronavirus. According to arthur kipferler of the strategy consulting firm beryll, many established dealers already offer forms of online sales in which customers can obtain information from them online about vehicles in stock, models with daily registrations, and young used and lease returns. In many cases, negotiations with the seller via e-mail are also possible. "So if you need a car and don’t want to go to a dealership, you can still find a way to buy from a conventional dealer without physical contact, even without the new platforms", kipferler continues.
How to buy a car online
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, portals such as autohaus24.De, mycar.De or carwow on the net: of the current 16 providers, nine online companies currently sell only new cars, while customers can also get used cars from the others. As a rule, interested parties use the configurator on the website, through which a vehicle can be individually assembled. In addition, buyers can obtain all the information they need about discounts, as automotive scientist ferdinand dudenhoffer from the university of sankt gallen knows. The respective intermediary then forwards the order to the brand dealer. The dealer, in turn, sends the customer his purchase contract and, after signing and payment, delivers the vehicle complete with documents and registration. "Currently, the discounts on the 30 best-selling new cars via internet intermediaries are around 20 percent.", according to dudenhoffer, who compares prices on a monthly basis. This does not mean that it is generally cheaper to buy a car on the internet," says dudenhoffer. A convenient and safe alternative in times of the coronavirus is it however in any case.
Despite the coronavirus: buying a car from a private seller
Buying a car from private sellers is still possible despite the spread of the coronavirus. At least, as long as the interested party and the seller only meet as a couple- of course, taking into account all the hygienic requirements, including compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 meters.
Coronavirus: car registration difficult, but not impossible
Anyone who has bought a car despite the corona virus is usually faced with the next challenge: at present, it can also be a problem to register the newly purchased car. Many registration offices are still either poorly staffed or not open at all. Buyers should therefore first call to find out whether an appointment to register the car is possible at all. Otherwise, in most cases, online registration via i-kfz is also possible via the websites of the federal states or the local registration offices. Another option is the premiumzulasser cooperative, a network of independent registration companies. Due to the corona virus, premiumzulasser’s fee-based service also allows private individuals to access its registration service. Also in this way the car can be registered without any personal contact.
Car bought online: this is how the return works
If the new owner does not like the car purchased online for any reason, he or she can withdraw from the purchase within 14 days without giving any reason. it is important that buyers declare their intention in writing. However, withdrawal from the purchase is only possible if the contract was actually concluded from a distance- so for example by mail or on an online platform- has taken place. Caution: if a buyer sends back a signed contract of sale received by mail, it is no longer a distance selling transaction according to a decision of the regional court of Osnabruck. And: cars specially configured to customers’ wishes are not covered by the right of return. If the car purchased online has already been driven on the road, it is a used car when it is returned, so the dealer is allowed to deduct any depreciation from the new car price.
Background: this is how car dealers are faring in the corona crisis
The lockdown caused by the corona virus in the car trade has finally lasted a whole 33 days. This may not sound like a long story, but nightmares are measured by their intensity, not their duration. New registrations in March fell sharply by around minus 38 percent. Dealers remained at over 130.000 new vehicles sitting. The used car market also felt the impact of the sales freeze, with a quarter fewer new car registrations. But even after the reopening of the car dealerships, a rush on the vehicles is questionable: short-time allowance, lack of orders for self-employed persons and the uncertain duration of the corona crisis ensure that many germans postpone their car purchase. Experts therefore expect a ten to 20 percent drop in sales for the year as a whole in extreme cases around 720.000 new cars less. More importantly, the car market has always been a cross-border business. During the diesel crisis, many dealers were thus able to conveniently sell hard-to-sell compression ignition vehicles to southern and eastern europe. But there the coronavirus rages even worse than in germany. Since the cost of each unsold car is around 28 euros per day, a dealer with 300 vehicles, for example, had to close down by the 20th of March. April 2020over 277.000 euro loss.