13 months waiting time: BILD puts pressure on: e-car finally delivered



Hanover – Where is my e-car? Martin Klein (59), a skilled worker from Ilsede (Lower Saxony), ordered an e-Skoda for 21,300 euros as a re-import in February 2020.

A bargain because the manufacturer gives a discount of 3,000 euros and the environmental bonus is 6,000 euros. Martin Klein: “The car was supposed to be delivered at the end of June 2020. I’ve been waiting for my car for over a year now! “

The “BILD fights for you!” Editorial team checked with the seller, the EU-Mayer company in Aschaffenburg (Bavaria). The answer: “Electric vehicles have enormous delivery problems due to demand and the pandemic. The ordered vehicle is ready to be picked up. “

Martin Klein: “Great, many thanks to BILD! I’m really looking forward!”

Why are EU imports so worthwhile?

Since in other EU countries the net prices – price without taxes – are often significantly cheaper than in Germany. If the new vehicle that has not yet been registered is exported abroad, the national taxes do not apply, so that only the net price remains. When registering in Germany, 19% VAT is then charged. It is therefore worthwhile to compare the VAT rates in the individual countries. The price differences can be up to 30% in individual cases and even more in exceptional cases.

Generally cheap buying countries for cars are Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Finland, occasionally Belgium or France.

Those who want to take advantage of the price differences should weigh up between buying from a foreign dealer who imports their own goods and buying from an independent importer in Germany (so-called parallel or gray importer).

Do you also have problems with health insurances, offices, authorities? Write to bildkaempft@bild.de (with your name, mobile phone number for any queries)!

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