There are some car magazines listing used cars for sale privately, many of which also have a website (for example, Auto-News). In Berlin, there is regular monthly magazine called Zweite Hand Autohandel ("second hand cars"), with a clear overview of car brands, models and prices.
Allrad Foto is a specialist publication for four-wheel drive vehicles with private and commercial picture classifieds, and is published monthly on the last Friday of the month. Oldtimer Inserat and Oldtimer Anzeiger are two specialist bi-monthly magazines especially for vintage cars and spare parts covering all of Germany.
Dealers sometimes sell used cars (Gebrauchtwagen):
When buying a used car, there are several things to take into account:
The seller should provide the following:
A sample contract of sale (Kaufvertrag) for private car sales can be downloaded (in German). This document details the condition of the vehicle at the time of the sale: Click here
The buyer must then register the vehicle at the local vehicle licensing department (KfZ-Zulassungsstelle). New number plates will be issued to the buyer.
The following documents are required:
The vehicle owner does not receive a copy of the proof of insurance documents (Doppelkarte) for the purpose of registering the vehicle. Due to data protection regulations between insurance companies, vehicle registration offices and the German driver vehicle licensing agency (Kraftfaht-Bundesamt), as well as for environmental issues to save paper. Instead, the owner receives an insurance confirmation number from the insurer (VB-Nummer), which is stored in a central database for other agencies for the purpose of confirming insurance. Some vehicle insurers allow a copy of the "Doppelkarte" document to be printed online.
Private individuals who buy used cars from a professional dealer have the right to claim for body defects within six months of purchase, as decreed by Germany's Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof).
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