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Selling Old Car for Export?

My old car is falling apart so, rather than just scrap it, I put a free ad up on https://www.tutti.ch to sell it for a nominal 500CHF.
It surprised me that, within a couple of hours, I had over 50 responses from interested parties.
Does anyone know why?
It looks like they want to export the car, but I am interested to know what they would do with it.
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Old 19.08.2020, 17:58
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My old car is falling apart so, rather than just scrap it, I put a free ad up on https://www.tutti.ch to sell it for a nominal 500CHF.
It surprised me that, within a couple of hours, I had over 50 responses from interested parties.
Does anyone know why?
It looks like they want to export the car, but I am interested to know what they would do with it.
They will probably knock you & pay less. The car may end up in Poland, Greece or Africa. My BMW's with 300,000km used very little oil, engines will do a lot more.
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Re: Selling Old Car for Export?

Insist on your asking price. Be prepared to walk away.
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My old car is falling apart so, rather than just scrap it, I put a free ad up on https://www.tutti.ch to sell it for a nominal 500CHF.
It surprised me that, within a couple of hours, I had over 50 responses from interested parties.
Does anyone know why?
It looks like they want to export the car, but I am interested to know what they would do with it.
I sold my Renault that didn't make the MfK and would've needed about 2000 CHF worth of work, for export.

Comparis said it's worth about 4000 CHF, dealers offered a 1000 CHF swap-in price, so I sold it on Facebook Marketplace (into Bulgaria) for 2600 CHF cash 3 days later.
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Re: Selling Old Car for Export?

Lots to go Eastern Europe, I've visited Poland and you can see car dealerships (or rather a field with a hut in the corner) packed with cars with French and Swiss plates still on them. A neighbour with a 25 year old van that had failed the inspection test here, riddled with rust and other obvious problems but still sold it for 1,500 fr and it's gone to Algeria. So stand your ground on the price.
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So, after a week I had 75 responses, all of them from "exporters".
One guy (of Bulgarian origin) offered me 900CHF, so I contacted him and we did the deal at that price a few days later.
He told me that they would probably break the car up for spares but he took several photos which would indicate that he might want to sell it as a runner.

In any event, I still dont understand the economics.
Does the average bulgarian pay through the nose to ride about in a western european write off?
Is the parts aftermarket so lucrative that they can make 1000s breaking up an old car?
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Re: Selling Old Car for Export?

I think that part of the explanation comes from the fact that a car has a high depreciation, but the individual parts, when bought new, do not depreciate. Examplpe: buying a new door for a 206 from a Peugeot dealer is probably more expensive than buying a used 206 in CH.
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So, after a week I had 75 responses, all of them from "exporters".
One guy (of Bulgarian origin) offered me 900CHF, so I contacted him and we did the deal at that price a few days later.
He told me that they would probably break the car up for spares but he took several photos which would indicate that he might want to sell it as a runner.

In any event, I still dont understand the economics.
Does the average bulgarian pay through the nose to ride about in a western european write off?
Is the parts aftermarket so lucrative that they can make 1000s breaking up an old car?

The catalytic converter should be around 200 CHF. Wheels, ECU, seats?
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I think that part of the explanation comes from the fact that a car has a high depreciation, but the individual parts, when bought new, do not depreciate. Examplpe: buying a new door for a 206 from a Peugeot dealer is probably more expensive than buying a used 206 in CH.
This along with low labour rates, makes driving a 15 year old car very viable, unlike you CHF200 an hour labour rates in Switzerland.
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Does the average bulgarian pay through the nose to ride about in a western european write off?
Yes. If the car does not have very visible accident damage, it goes on sale as a used car with almost 0 checks and work done. Local people buy them because they don't have the money/knowledge/time to buy in the west, and for them a western write-off is still better than an old Lada.

Plus if it's a beemer or a merc, it gets sold even if it is literally falling of the wheels.

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Yes, sale of second hand parts is quite common, many people can't afford new ones. But it would have to be an accident wreck or non-starter for the car to be broken down. If the car can be driven off the forecourt it's usually sold as a whole
 




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