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Used Cars in Germany

Germany is one of the best car manufacturer countries besides Japan, Italy, France, U.K and USA. There are a lot of common names such as Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Opel and Porsche. The history of German Automobiles began in 1870 when Karl Benz and his colleague Nikolaus Otto set to start to make some experiment for car engines and the design of the vehicle that being the origin of modern cars.

Nevertheless, the German automotive industry has experienced the decline period when the “Great Depression” occurred during the late 1920s and early 1930s. And that was the saddest day for the history of the automotive world in Germany. After the “Great Depression” ended, only about a dozen German car manufacturers that survived. Ford Cologne factory, Opel and Daimler Benz were the small group which survived, and also Horch, Dampf Kraft Wagen, Audi and Wanderer.

To raise the living standards of German citizens, the Nazi Party that was in charge at that time made policy on transport in order to the Nazi party gained a good reputation from the German citizens that called Motorisierung. This policy took over the Volkswagen car company to made cheap cars and affordable for all social groups in Germany but did not reduce the quality of its vehicle.

Approximately, six million new cars produced each year in Germany, meanwhile about 4.9 million vehicles produced each year by the German brands abroad. In last decades, Japan car manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi always being a strong contender for the German automakers. One reason why Japan cars are being a strong contender for German automakers is because of the price relatively cheap than European or the U.S brands.

If you are looking for quality and prestige but you don’t have enough budgets to buy a new one, buying used cars Germany is the right option for you. There are a lot of options to choose used cars Germany from various brands, such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Here are the good choices for you to buy used cars Germany from the three most popular German automakers:

Mercedes Benz

Being a pioneer in the modern automotive world, Mercedes-Benz is the most famous product brand than other German automakers. For example, there are two Mercedes-Benz products that are affordable and have good quality:

  • Mercedes Benz R-Class is an SUV with various combination concepts between the luxury of minivan and SUV. The R350 powered by V6 3500cc engine while R500 Series powered by V8 5000cc engine. Mercedes Benz R-Class equipped with many features such as safety, multimedia and comfort.
  • Mercedes Benz M-Class is one of the most wonderful and deluxe SUVs ever in the world. And it became “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. This car powered by 3500 cc 3.5 liters V6 front engine with 92.9 mm bore, 10.7 compression ratio, 86.0 mm stroke, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing/camshaft. This car also equipped by stability control and Blue Tec diesel technology.

BMW

Founded in 1916 with the name; Bavarian Motor Works (BMW). Over the years, BMW is well known as one of the best car and motorcycle manufacturers in the world. There are two BMW products that are affordable yet have good quality:

  • BMW 125i Convertible is a mini sedan car that has good performance of speed and handling. It becomes the king of convertible mini sedan. This car powered by 2996cc V6 front engine.
  • BMW X3 is a compact luxury SUV with very good performance because this car uses four-wheel drive (4WD) that allows you to use it in many different roads. Since 2006, BMW X3 used in Dakar Rally competition. This car powered by 3001cc V6 with twin turbo charged diesel engine.

Audi

Audi is also well known as one of the top reputation saloon car manufacturers. The four rings logo symbolized as four car manufacturers merged; DKW, the Audi, Horch and Wanderer. There are two Audi products that are affordable and have good quality as well:

  • Audi A4 is an innovative car for longer use with great design and engine. It’s the winner of “Golden Steering Wheel” award in 2008 as the best vehicle in its class. This car powered by 3196cc V6 front wheel drive.
  • Audi TT is the car with exciting appearance, both design and interior. This car powered by 1999cc 4 cylinder engine, and four-wheel drive (4WD). Maybe this car is the best in selecting used cars Germany, because Audi TT has been honored with a lot of awards; Car of the Year 2006, Drive Car of the Year 2006, Coupe of the Year 2006, World Design Car of the Year 2007andAutobild Most Beautiful Car2007 as well as being a finalist for World Car of the Year.

BMW Provides Excellence

The Bavarian Motor Works company is headquartered in Munich, Germany and represents German engineering at its finest. BMW is the parent company of Rolls Royce and is the owner of the MINI brand. Since the company’s inception in 1916, the company has been a standard bearer for luxury and performance, a tradition that has carried through two world wars, the present and promises to carry on into the future.

British Motor Works began this storied history with the production of aircraft engines rather than car engines. The first noteworthy engine produced was the BMW IIIa inline-6 aviation engine. The success of this engine late in World War 1 along with significant advances made in a number of other prototype inline-6 engines is said to have influenced the design logo for BMW. The circular blue and white BMW logo is said portray the movement of an airplane propeller, to signify the white blades cutting through the blue sky. It was officially adopted by BMW in 1929. Whatever the significance on the logo, after World War 1, the Versailles Armistice Treaty was enacted and BMW was forced to cease production of aircraft motors. They turned instead to production of motorcycles and car engines. The thirties brought a new era to Germany and rearmament began in earnest. The treaty was dissolved and BMW began producing aircraft for the Luftwaffe. Several successful aircraft engine designs were produced by BMW during World War 2 including the BMW 801 air cooled radial engine and the revolutionary 003 axial flow turbo jet.

Although BMW had gone back to producing aircraft engines, it never completely dropped the motorcycle and car engine line. By 1959, they were beginning to experience financial difficulties and was contemplating halting production of car engines altogether. A last ditch attempt to salvage the automotive was decided upon, and the decision was made to explore the economy car market. The venture enjoyed enough success to put the manufacturer back on its feet.

Gradually BMW began to move toward the luxury car market and by 1980 its success in the arena had been established. BMW had established itself as a car manufacturer known for high end quality, as well as indulgence and was now a solid rival to its chief competitor, Mercedes-Benz.

BMW acquired the Rover brand in 1994 in order to compete in the SUV market; however it was unable to make any progress in halting the sliding sales of the Rover. BMW broke up the Rover Company and sold the MG division to a Phoenix consortium while Ford acquired the Rover label.

BMW retained the rights to the classic mini and subsequently began a redesign of the car. The new MINI, spelled with all capital letters to distinguish it from the classic mini, was introduced in 2001 and was an instant success. The popularity of the MINI in the United States shows that BMW has the ability and vision to move outside the boundaries of current car production and promises to introduce some of the most exciting cars seen to date. As the company prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, one can only imagine what it may think of next.