Life in a new city no matter where in the world you are living can be relatively difficult when getting started. Regardless of how long you’ve been an expat in your new city, there are always a few bumps along the road that can take you on a bit of a learning curve. Finding out how to buy a used car is often one of those bumps.
So, to make your life in Düsseldorf a little bit easier, we’ve set out to find the best websites for you to use in order to find a used car in Düsseldorf.
Note: We’re in Germany, so you’re likely going to have to do a bit of Google translating before you make your final decision to go check a vehicle out. If affordability isn’t your priority, there are other alternative options like King + Mayr who focus on helping English speaking expats find their dream vehicle.
However, if affordability is a priority for you, here is a list of Düsseldorf favorites when it comes to finding and buying second-hand vehicles in the city:
AutoScout24 is a European-wide classifieds site for selling new and used vehicles. It is often the first site that comes to mind when you ask a German where the best place to go is when you’re looking to buy a used car. Their site is also offered in multiple languages, so while the postings themselves might be in German, it’s a much easier site to navigate if you’re not fluent in German quite yet.
Mobile.de is known as “Germany’s Biggest Vehicle Marketplace Online”. It is also a popular online classifieds site that is run in 10 different languages including English, Turkish, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and many more.
Auto.de is run in 11 different languages and considers themselves to be “Germany’s largest auto portal online”. It’s quite easy to navigate and you’ll notice that many of the sales posts are in both English and German.
eBay Kleinanzeigen might not be run in English, but it’s certainly a fan favorite when it comes to buying and selling second-hand items online in Germany. It is more like a one-stop-shop for all your second-hand needs, so if you’re looking for a washing machine and a sofa while you’re at it, this the place to search.
AutoBild is known Germany-wide as a popular vehicle magazine. They run in cooperation with AutoScout24, so while it might be an easier search (in English) on AutoScout24, AutoBild is also a great place to get news updates and tips on all sorts of different vehicle-related topics (in German).
Similarly, 12Gebrauctwagen is a classifieds search engine used to find second-hand vehicles. There is not much of a difference between all these platforms, so if you haven’t found your dream vehicle on the other sites, try giving this one a try.
kalaydo.de is similar to eBay Kleinanzeigen when it comes to being a one-stop-shop kind of website. You can find new or second-hand vehicles here, as well as your next job opportunity, your new apartment, and your second-hand bed.
gebrauchtwagen.de is not much different than the rest, but another good option when searching for a used vehicle. The search engine is in German, but they offer a number of used vehicles for sale in the area.
Find a used vehicle at a local car dealership
Your alternative option and often safest option is simply to head to the dealerships in Düsseldorf and start asking questions. Höherweg is a popular street in Düsseldorf often referred to as the “automeile”/”car mile” due to the overwhelming number of car dealerships in the area.
If you’re looking for alternative ways to get around Germany without owning a car just yet, you might enjoy our post “How to Get Around Germany Without a Car“.
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