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Old 14.05.2011, 09:01
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Used car prices

As i'll need to get a used car in a few months I've been regularly stalking some used car parks (small ones, that I usually drive past every now and then). Some I've observed for about 6 months, some less. Also, I'm checking autoscout24 every other day. Here are some observations so far, would love to get some other oppinions:

1. Cars on autoscout24 seem to be generally higher priced than what you'd find in a car park on the street.
2. Even so, cars in most street car parks are WAY overpriced (e.g. skoda fabia mk1 2005 15.000chf, or passat 2.0 2001 12.000chf or audi a4 1.8t 1996 9500chf).
3. (and this is weird) some car parks don't seem to ever drop the prices. I've seen the same cars in some parks for over 6 months and they are just sitting and rusting there at the same old price.
4. From time to time the cars seem to change position...but it's still the same cars

Granted, I've only looked at small countryside parks, not Dietikon-like bigger parks, but I have to wonder, do these people actually make a living from selling these cars? 'Cause it sure looks like they're not too eager to sell them. Or maybe this is the market and people really do buy 2nd hand cars at these prices? I've asked quite a few people and they all bought new cars, nothing fancy mind you, but they told me they prefer a new and lesser car than a used and better one.
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Old 14.05.2011, 09:26
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Re: Used car prices

I bought a used car, via Autoscout24, 2yrs ago, that was about 21/2yrs old.
Like you I researched the market for a couple of months. By doing this I was able to approximately set benchmark prices for what I was looking.
What are you using to create comparative benchmark prices that's enabling you to determine that the prices you are seeing are more "expensive", than you believe they should be?
You can only buy in the market where you're looking, and if them's the prices, than them's the prices.

It could be a location thing also - I travelled from Romandie to the Jura (almost into France), and in the end I was happy with the overall deal I got - bought from a dealer, price seemed fair and accurate, and good p/x on a car that wasn't worth a lot.

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Old 14.05.2011, 10:56
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Re: Used car prices

Prices are ridiculous, but that also means you can expect a similarly high price when you sell.
They seem to reflect the high costs of owning a car here, especially if it's in for a CHF1000+ service every year.
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Re: Used car prices

Not entirely true. It is worth to politely try the "cash talks or the buyer walks" philosophy. I've experience both sides. On a purchase, I offered to buy at a substantial discount, was refused, politely said that was more than I was able to pay, and as I walked away the deal was done. When selling a cabrio in the autumn, I had to swallow a big reduction on my asking price, as it was more worthwhile to move the car. Try it, but just be polite.
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Re: Used car prices

Quick update, that a4 '96 for 9500 is gone, and an a3 tdi for 27.000chf has taken its place *shock*

Also, a golf gti 25th anniversary that I've been stalking has gone from 10.500->9.500->8.900->8000. Waiting to drop to 7000, then I'll buy it
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Re: Used car prices

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Quick update, that a4 '96 for 9500 is gone, and an a3 tdi for 27.000chf has taken its place *shock*

Also, a golf gti 25th anniversary that I've been stalking has gone from 10.500->9.500->8.900->8000. Waiting to drop to 7000, then I'll buy it
I thought you said cars don't go down in price?

Why don't you just tell him you'll buy it for 7k? Then leave him your card and when he wants to shift it at that price he'll call you?
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Re: Used car prices

Yep, hence the update, I was wrong on this particular car. They're still shuffling them in other places though

About calling, I'm currently waiting for someone to bring me back my vag-com interface, then I will call the guy and actually go check out the car before I make any offers.
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