Since used diesel cars have been difficult to sell in, they are increasingly being exported to other European countries. “For bargain hunters abroad, there is currently a good opportunity to get a diesel cheaply,” said Prof. Christian Kille from the Institute for Applied Sciences at the University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt, who evaluated data from the Federal Statistical Office.
According to the study, the export of used diesel vehicles rose by 20.5 percent to almost 240,000 vehicles in the past year. Most of the cars went to Italy (22,045), Austria (21,307) and France (16,527). In Germany, after the emissions scandal and the first driving bans, older diesel vehicles can only be resold at high price discounts.
The highest rates of increase compared to 2016 were achieved in Croatia (+89.6 percent) and the Ukraine, where imports of German diesel cars even increased by 136 percent. However, relaxed import regulations also played a role here, explained Kille.
Both countries are considered to be sales markets for older models, while newer and more expensive cars are preferably going to Western and Southern Europe. There was less interest in German diesel used vehicles in Norway and Switzerland.
The study does not provide any information on the prices achieved, especially since the exporter has to report the value to be declared. Logistics professor Kille said they had an interest in keeping the values low. In his estimation, the transport costs do not have a negative impact on exports. The wagons often have residual values in the five-digit euro range, but with efficient logistics they can also be transported cost-effectively over longer distances for three-digit amounts.