Best Foreign Countries to Buy European Cars
One of the greatest appeals of European cars is the sense of luxury and reliability – BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz… all luxury cars that indicate status, comfort, class, and style.
However, one of the downsides of buying a car from Europe is that these luxury European cars tend to be very expensive when purchased new in their home countries.
That’s why some people, when considering buying a car, look to foreign countries to purchase European cars. How do you know you’re getting the best deal though?
Not all foreign countries are created equal when it comes to economics, exchange rates, shipping, and selection, but some of the best foreign countries in which to set about buying a car from Europe are located in South Africa.
In fact, car registrations in South Africa have shown a fairly consistent pattern of increase since 1961, indicating a fairly positive year over year trend indicating not only economic growth but health of the automobile industry.
And given that South Africa is not a manufacturer of cars, this consistent economic growth largely is attributable to the value one finds in buying a car in South Africa.
Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, for example, see consistent year over year trends for car registration and sales, whereas many South African ports, including Benghazi and Botswana, lead the way for affordable shipping costs and ease of importing.
The sheer number of efficient, effective ports in South Africa helps to facilitate car sales in these countries, keeping prices low due to the ease of importing and exporting foreign cars – particularly European cars.
Another factor that makes south African countries some of the best countries in which to purchase European cars is the geographical closeness and ease that south African ports share with Europe – helping to keep the cost of imported, European cars lower than you would find in, for example, the US, Canada, or Mexico.
The last factor that makes it so great to buy European cars in South Africa is that there are many mechanics and automotive specialists available who are familiar with European cars.
As the popularity of European luxury cars increases, especially in Kenya and Nigeria, it is becoming increasingly easy and affordable to purchase and maintain these vehicles, as car sales are often handled through dealerships, lots, or specialty auto groups that not only facilitate buying used cars, but also are prepared with the skills and experience to maintain the car to the highest standards once the purchase has been made.