For this reason we would like to show you below what we
CAN do for you, but also what we CANNOT offer.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Independent
Automobile Dealers Association (PIADA) and the Better
Business Bureau (BBB) in the United States, we make every effort
to find cars that meet the customer's requirements with respect to configuration,
condition and price. Our excellent purchasing options at all US car
auctions, leasing banks, dealer colleagues and private
individuals mean we pretty much have the market covered.
In general, the more flexible you are on colour, equipment, mileage,
etc., the quicker and easier it is for us to find a good value-for-money
As soon as you have specified your model, color, configuration, mileage,
etc., we will give you an approximate price range for the vehicle incl.
all cost of importation and german paperwork. Giving you an exact final
price wouldn’t make sense at this point since we don’t
have the exact purchase price yet. Of course, we will stick to the
agreed upper price limit and will try to find the best possible car
best possible price.
Our final prices include all import duties, german sales tax, the TüV
certificate and the german paperwork. Vehicle inspection, any necessary
repairs or replacement of parts are also included in the final price.
TüV certificates for other countries may be available upon request.
The german Sales tax
has not to be paid when you provide us with a valid VAT exemption number.
For cars, directly shipped from a port in
the USA or Europe to a country other than Germany, a different net
Warranty Work, Repairs and Vehicle History
As long as they are still within the warranty period, all the used
vehicles we buy are checked by the dealer to see whether any repairs
are needed or if there have been any product recalls.
are dealt with on site. The same applies to damaged or worn-out parts.
Any necessary replacement of parts revealed by our thorough check is
also carried out on site. This allows us to avoid long waiting times
and possibly higher prices once the car arrives in Europe. We also
order and install any specific accessories required by the customer
while the vehicle is still in the US.
To ensure that the mileage displayed on the speedometer is genuine,
or to check whether the car was involved in any accident, we always
acquire information on the car’s history from Carfax.
As soon as we have agreed about the model and its features like e.g.,
engine type, equipment, condition, maximum mileage
and the upper price limit, you will receive the appropriate contract
After you signed the contract, a down payment in the amount
of 20% of
is due. As soon as you have signed the contract and the down payment
has been paid, we will take action.
We will of course inform you as soon as we have found a car that
meets your requirements.
Difference from importing a vehicle yourself
Often we are asked about the differences between our way of doing
business and a self-import, for which we also offer our support.
This can be explained quite easily. Self-import means that you have
take care of all steps, such as e.g. finding and purchasing the car,
paying for it, taking care of possibly required repairs on site,
work. You alone are completely responsible for the quality of the
for taking care of all steps necessary to import the
Please feel free to use our online
calculator (German) for self-imports
to see which steps have to be observed and how to calculate the costs
for a self-import.
What we CANNOT do for you
We are often amazed when customers draw our attention to remarkably
low-priced offers from not particularly reputable competitors. Some
of these offers are, indeed, suspiciously low.
Of course, there are
ways and means of pricing a car below its true market value. But
that is not something we are prepared to do. In these cases, however,
you cannot count on our help.
We have often encountered the following problems:
a) Transport insurance for the car is not included.
In case of damage, the customer is left empty-handed.
b) Customers are requested to make down payments of
up to 90% of the purchase price. In this case, there are no self-financing
costs for the seller. If something unexpected should happen with the
car or the seller, the down payment will be lost.
c) The vehicle is not cleared through customs in the
name of the seller, as is usual, but in the name of the customer. Sometimes
a false invoice to a lower amount is used or the wrong rate of duty
is given for pickups. In both cases, it is about customs fraud whose
consequences will reach the customer sooner or later, not the seller.
d) Vehicle inspections, repairs and warranty work
are not carried out on site. That means that the customer has to pay
the bill himself for any repairs which may prove necessary once the
e) The alleged seller does not take over any warranty
for the vehicle, because he is involved in this transaction as an agent,
not as a seller.
f) The mileage indication is often manipulated. Of
course, cars with 100,000 miles are significantly cheaper than cars
manufactured the same year but with only 30,000 miles. For this reason,
each car should
be checked by Carfax.
g) Such "bargains" also often turn out
to be the wrong color or do not have the features required by the
customer. Both these elements should not be underestimated when it
comes to pricing. A black vehicle is always between $1,000 and $3,000
more expensive than the same car in the less popular colors like
white or gold.
When considering the vehicles offered to you, you should check carefully
whether they are e.g. four-wheel or two-wheel drive, whether they have
a sunroof or not or if they have a leather interior or cloth upholstery,
etc. The same applies
if you are looking for a good offer yourself, for example on the american
eBay site. It is not enough to only look for the lowest price. You
should also check
features to make sure you are not comparing apples with oranges.
On the american used car market, everything is generally about
the car`s condition, its equipment, color and mileage. The current
market value, which everyone must use as a point of reference, is calculated
based on these four components.
An exact comparison of the vendor you trust may save you a lot of trouble