Updated January 28, 2019, 07:41
Departure to Germany, very happy to the foreigner. Many used German cars reappear in Eastern Europe. The environmentalists are alarmed.
Reputation of gas oil has suffered severely among German motorists in recent years. The escape gas scandal and the impending driving bans have put gas oil in a bad light.
But many of the unpopular petrols that use automobiles in Germany now find a new use in Central and Southeast Europe, as the ecological disadvantages.
In Romania, for a long time a large buyer of old used cars from Western Europe, the number of used diesel used cars increased according to the vehicle registration office from 2017 to 2018 in more than 31 000.
German "Invasion" uses diesel
The second-hand car business is also booming in the Czech Republic. It could be said almost as an "invasion," said Petr Prikryl of the Czech Association of used car dealers.
"The importers go to Germany and take advantage, of course, that the German consumer is not sure."
According to a car marketer of AAA Auto car dealer, one of the largest in Central European industry in East Central, 63 percent of used cars imported into the Czech Republic come from Germany , and 60 percent of imported used cars have a diesel engine. In neighboring Slovakia, the percentage of diesel was even 78 percent.
This development is also noted in the German car dealers. Almost 1/3 of them are most frequently contacted by foreign traders, who also buy used diesel cars. This arises from a survey, the Diesel November Barometer of DAT.
There are no environmental requirements, the cheapest
There are no environmental zones in the Czech Republic, neither in Poland, Croatia nor in Serbia. "We still continue without problems and without any restriction," said Prikryl, who claims to represent about 400 dealers.
"The customer asks what is swallowing the car, how much it consumes – what's in it". And there is 20 to 30 percent more economic diesel in advantage.
The main thing for Serbian buyers is that cars are cheap, said Slobodan Curguz, the owner of a car dealer in Belgrade.
And that means that cars are bigger and have more kilometers behind them. According to the Association of Importers of Motor Vehicles of Serbia, the average age of imported cars used is twelve years.
Serbia is one of the few countries in the Balkan region that still allows importing vehicles from Euro 3.
In Romania, according to the 2018 annual report of the ACEA automobile manufacturers association, the cars were on average, even 16 years old. And that, although there have been cash prizes for years to brush up.
He was not much better with more than 14 years in the Czech Republic, more than 13 years in Poland and more than 14 years in Croatia. For comparison: in Germany, cars on average at just over nine years are much younger.
Environmental organizations are outraged by the trend. "Southern Europe and central Eastern Europe should not become a landfill of old polluting products, no longer necessary or polluting," said Jan Pinos of the Rainbow movement (Hnuti Duha) in Prague.
Unfortunately, environmental awareness is lagging behind in the region. For many, the car is a status symbol: the bigger the better. (DPA / mwo)
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