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Moving car from US to Munich - is it worth it ?

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Hi all,

  I will shortly be transferring to Munich with my company and they will be covering some of my relocation expenses (they give me a lump sum), but I am wondering whether it is actually worthwhile to think about moving my car from the US to Germany.

 

I am noticing that cars in Germany are far more expensive than the US, even if we are talking about BMWs, used or new (I am mostly interested in used). 

My current car is valued at around 12-13k in the US market, but if I it would be worth it, i would much prefer to move it to Germany than sell it in the US and buy another one when i get to Germany.

 

Moreover, I was potentially thinking of getting a better car in Europe, maybe a bmw m3 or i8 for example, but again, it looks like prices for used cars are significantly higher in Germany than here in the US. Would it even be worth thinking about buying it here in the US with the intention to move it there ?

 

If anyone has experience and can shed some light, it would be great. Thanks !

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I haven't moved a car personally, but I looked into it and decided not to. There are different regulations and a car that has built for the US market will most likely have to be adapted in order for it to be driven here. That won't be cheap.   In addition, there is the expense of moving it.  I cannot imagine that the price differences in the two markets would make up for the additional costs.

 

The killer for me was the amount of paperwork and hassle.  I can't imagine that there would be any advantage unless it was a one-of-a-kind classic car.

https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/import-car.html

 

You might have trouble finding certain models and types of cars here but on the other hand you can find others that are not available in the US (e.g. Diesel Ford Ranger).  You might have trouble finding automatic transmission cars.  Driving a stick is more fun anyway.

 

In short - no.  Sell your car and buy a new one here.

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I would second that comment. No way I would bring a car over due to the cost, complexity and if you do once you sell it then you have a grey market import and you will take a big loss selling it here in Germany. Can you bump additional money into your lump some to cover loss on selling your car?

 

Have you verified your states drivers license is full transferable to Germany? or will you have to take classes, test etc. If your license is transferable I would recommend you report your license lost now and get a new on before you leave so when you turn it in here you still have a USA license when you go back.

 

As for car prices...I have never looked at high end cars much but non high end are way cheaper than you will get in usa..and used cars here have way less miles. There are cars that are 10 years old really being only driven on Sunday by a little old lady and 10k miles. I just bought a 1 year old demo Citroen with 5k KM , navi, auto, camera,  2 sets of tires and 2 year warranty for 12k. Mercedes has decent deals on dealer cert cars also called Junge stern"" or something like that, can't remember. If you just want a good condition driver for cheap it can be found easily. Never looked at bmw's so cant comment

 

Just another comment...if you are transferring within your company...make sure they credit any years of service form USA to your data here...don't accept being a zero year hire in Germany. If you ever get separated any severance would then take that into account. (not for unemployment or pension but for abfindung payments should that occur)

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As far as buying a new car - I don't want to sound like an ad, but I really liked buying from a Leasing company.  They sell off-lease vehicles mostly from the German government.  Mine was from the Water Department and had very low miles.  The weird thing was that you can't test drive them, but the have a guarantee and are inspected.  They also sell BMWs.  

 

www.carnext.com 

 

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22 hours ago, lunasuenos said:

I would second that comment. No way I would bring a car over due to the cost, complexity and if you do once you sell it then you have a grey market import and you will take a big loss selling it here in Germany. Can you bump additional money into your lump some to cover loss on selling your car?

 

Have you verified your states drivers license is full transferable to Germany? or will you have to take classes, test etc. If your license is transferable I would recommend you report your license lost now and get a new on before you leave so when you turn it in here you still have a USA license when you go back.

 

As for car prices...I have never looked at high end cars much but non high end are way cheaper than you will get in usa..and used cars here have way less miles. There are cars that are 10 years old really being only driven on Sunday by a little old lady and 10k miles. I just bought a 1 year old demo Citroen with 5k KM , navi, auto, camera,  2 sets of tires and 2 year warranty for 12k. Mercedes has decent deals on dealer cert cars also called Junge stern"" or something like that, can't remember. If you just want a good condition driver for cheap it can be found easily. Never looked at bmw's so cant comment

 

Just another comment...if you are transferring within your company...make sure they credit any years of service form USA to your data here...don't accept being a zero year hire in Germany. If you ever get separated any severance would then take that into account. (not for unemployment or pension but for abfindung payments should that occur)

 

I am not seeing that :/ even looking at lower end ones, like a bmw 3 series 2016 used for example, i am finding it much cheaper here in the us. I even see differences of more than 5k in various websites. I am european actually, so i think my driver's license may be transferrable, but i guess i will know once i get there. Thankfully my company is treating me as an old hire, which really helps :)

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How about buying from Switzerland and moving it to Munich btw ? Has anyone done that ? I am noticing that for some reason Swiss prices tend to be much cheaper (at least on used cars that I am looking at).

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Munich (being not to far from East European countries) has pretty decent EU-neuwagen market. Basically, companies who specialising in bringing over cars that were purchased for cheaper prices in other countries. All above board. I have one.

 

You can google suppliers. I used this one.

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9 minutes ago, theGman said:

Munich (being not to far from East European countries) has pretty decent EU-neuwagen market. Basically, companies who specialising in bringing over cars that were purchased for cheaper prices in other countries. All above board. I have one.

 

You can google suppliers. I used this one.

 

Thanks, I will take a closer look. I was just comparing prices that I am seeing for, say a used BMW M3 2016 in truecar.com versus ooyyo.com.

 

For example in truecar :

 

https://www.truecar.com/used-cars-for-sale/listing/WBS8M9C52G5G41596/2016-bmw-m3/

 

2016 BMW m3 in the US, about 46.000km for 45,800$ and many similar M3 on that range.

 

Then, in ooyyo :

 

https://www.ooyyo.com/germany/used-bmw-m3-for-sale/c=CDA31D7114D3854F111BFE6FBA7D355B85A01D7FF6D489801608F577BD4535/

 

for 2016 BMW m3, about 62.000km, it's 45.000euros, which is about 50k$, a difference of almost 4.5k, with the very next one at 47k euros. Pretty significant + a lot more kms.

 

I've seen even bigger differences in cheaper models, like the 3 series. It does look that, for BMWs at least, they are significantly cheaper here, which is pretty surprising (guess the VAT makes a difference too ?)

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