My husband has received orders to EUCOM so we will soon be moving to Germany. We're wondering whether we should bring our 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck (midsize truck) with us, or sell it and buy a new car once we arrive? Our primary concerns are whether the high price of gas would make it worthwhile to buy a smaller car with better mileage, whether parking will be a problem with a relatively large vehicle, and whether we would look like a couple of redneck Americans driving around Europe in a pickup truck
If we were to bring our truck over, is it possible to sell it in Germany, and if we are allowed to sell it, is there a market for American pickup trucks in Germany?
Thanks so much!
1. If you're US military, then you should be able to fill up at AEFES gas stations on post at US prices, so no issue there.
2. The Tacoma isn't that much different in dimensions from a lot of the German SUVs plying the roadways, but using parking garages will likely be a bit tight.
3. Probably ... although we have German contractor/builder neighbors with Suburbans and pickups. I don't think they're issuing special HK or AD US/NATO plates anymore for force protection reasons, so you'll likely have an ersatz local registration but be allowed to drive with US standard lights and emissions. Lots of Germans make rednecks look like runway models.
4. You could probably resell it, but to a buyer knowing full well he'll have to put more money above and beyond the purchase price into converting to German standards. Also, I'm not sure how tough parts and service would be ... most of the Toyota line here is specifically targeted at the european market.
Might be better to sell it at home and buy a US-spec model here on a buy-and-travel plan (I know Mercedes, BMW and Volvo and Saab have them) and take it home with you at the end of your tour.