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Buying a second hand car

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deaninsweden
post 15.Apr.2011, 12:03 PM
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Location: Norrköping
Joined: 6.Mar.2010

Hej!

Looking at buying a second hand car this weekend from a dealership but just wanted to know how it works in Sweden.

Currently have a car that is on it's final days and wondered do Swedish dealerships offer part exchange like they do in the UK? Also I have been told that Swedish dealers don't do a years warranty of any type if you buy one.

Anyone had an experience of buying a car from a dealership?

Look forward to hearing from you!
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Rick Methven
post 15.Apr.2011, 12:27 PM
Post #2
Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Most dealers will do a part exchange as long as they think the car you want to trade in can make them a bit of money.

You will find that the price they will offer you is usually about 20% lower than you could expect to get if you sold it privately.

What car are you wanting to trade in?

As far as a guarantee is concerned what is offered depends on the age/value of the car you are buying - just like the UK.
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deaninsweden
post 15.Apr.2011, 12:42 PM
Post #3
Location: Norrköping
Joined: 6.Mar.2010

Its a 2001 Renault Megane 1.9 diesel.

Is great on petrol 600 SEK lasts a month! But there are issues with electrics and rust.
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Rick Methven
post 15.Apr.2011, 01:34 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

I just checked on Blocket and Bytbil and there is nothing that old for sale there is a 2004 1.9 dci for 68,000. seems like anything older is on the scrap heap biggrin.gif

You could give it a try with the dealer though. If the rust is showing they will not touch it as the cost of putting it into showroom condition is too much
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teslar
post 15.Apr.2011, 02:40 PM
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Joined: 23.Jul.2009

QUOTE (Rick Methven @ 15.Apr.2011, 01:34 PM) *
You could give it a try with the dealer though. If the rust is showing they will not touch it as the cost of putting it into showroom condition is too much

That's not necessarily a concern. I recently bought a new (second hand) car and traded the old one in. While it had no issues with rust, there were few other issues that would have prevented it from show-room status (in my opinion) but they didn't even blink and basically gave me what bilpriser.se said I could get. A check on blocket a few days later then showed that they apparently immediately sold the car on to another dealer who seemed to specialise in old'n'cheap but not in perfect condition cars.

The OPs car might go the same route.
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Rick Methven
post 15.Apr.2011, 04:25 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Dealers do not do any tarting up of cars themselves but use a third party company to do the work. The moment a car needs rust holes covering and re-spraying, they back-off. I part exchanged a car when I bought a new one last November. First question before he got out of his seat to look at my car was "any visible rust?"
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Snoopy!
post 15.Apr.2011, 09:21 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 14.Aug.2006

and most car detailers in Sweden wouldn't know how to wipe their arses
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Stickeroo
post 16.Apr.2011, 12:24 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 1.Feb.2011

Its MUCH easier to trade a car in as part exchange for a new vehicle than it is for a used one. Also you will always getter a better price because the profit margin on the vehicle sold will offset any potential losses on the trade in. I'd suggest having your car at least detailed and "presentable" before you go seeking a price for a part trade. And rust is a MAJOR issue, I don't know of any dealer that will take a rusty car in trade unless it's some crazy classic or something. Rust is like the black plague for cars. And why are you buying a car in Sweden? Are you insane? The SEK is so strong right now, go to www.mobile.de and check out some rides, pay Euro and save yourself some money. If the car has more than 6000km on it, and is more than 6 months old, you pay NO VAT bringing it to Sweden.

Good Luck!
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