So my cousin that is a mechanic got angry with me when I got my second hand VW. He said that those junk cars will die at around 180-200 thousand km. And he only swears by Toyota, says Toyota Yaris (Aygo is too noisy and too slow yet not muy cheaper than Yaris). Would be the best option and will go to 300’000 km withouth problems.
Also you have to pay attention to the type of fuel you put in. Don’t buy a japanese car that use diesel and don’t buy a french car that use gasoline. Mechanic is very different from those type of engines and know-how is significantly different.
As well pay attention to the gearbox ! Automatic are more technical and are therefore more expensive in case of service. Threshold would be 2012-2015 if you buy a car older than this get a manual gearbox, else you can take an automatic.
Tires ! Some care come with 17-19 inches tires which is unusual, their supper expensive and 400km a week will get you through them quite quick ! Carefull with that too.
Then I don’t know if you are from the french speaking part or german speaking part but marketplace is also much more important. Deep into old switzerland you can find much better deals than in the french speaking part. Look at the location of the cars on the website.
Also the website you use can be considered as a marketplace per se ! I found the same cars cheaper on tutti.ch than autoscout or anibis … (partly because it is most popular on the german speaking part).
For me that’s about it …
Hope it helps,
It depends, on the other hand, no decent garage would risk its reputation by selling a defective or dying vehicle knowing that the customer will be back 3 weeks later with complaints and heavy repairs.
Thank you Daniel for your interesting reply.
I had in mind to share your recommendation. Any specific place to search for private second hand cars? I had in mind comparis.ch, any other?
Tutti.ch you can find good deals !
facebook market place.
- Do not pay more than 5000 francs. The loss curve flattens at the bottom end. E.g. If you buy a car for 10k, you will likely resell it in 2 years for 5k. But if you buy a car for 5k you will likely get 3k for it. A car bought for 3k will likely still sell for 2k after 2 years. There are exceptions, but that is my experience. In Switzerland you can get a good second-hand car with MFK and not too much mileage for 5k or less.
Yes ! (maybe 6k 2nd hand market is high now)
Also they say that the best value cars are 3 years old cars, almost new but half the value … I don’t share this opinion I still find them too expensive but you are almost guaranteed to keep them years !
- Get the smallest engine possible. Road taxes and car insurance are both based on engine size.
True ! I wouldn’t go under 80 horse power though, not confortable when you carry people and material through vineyards ! If you only do city and flat alright.