The first car which I bought from Germany
The first time I bought a car from Germany was in 2012.
I was an exchange student and was living in Koblenz, Germany. For a couple of months I and the future car owner were deliberating whether to buy a VW Tiguan or a Toyota Rav4 because they are in the same class. So we decided to keep both of them on the choice list and to estimate a budget. The budget was set to a maximum of a 15 000 Euro. At that time this was not a lot of money for 4 years old SUV and the task was difficult. The same car, made in the same year, was difficult to find in Bulgaria and the minimum price was 18 000 Euro. The car had to be diesel for sure, 4×4, track and field version with the off road function and in a perfect technical condition (it has to be when it is only 4 years old). I opened mobile.de and started looking for something in the area of Koblenz and 50km around it. I put the criteria for money and an engine and the specific Tiguan version (Track amd Field). For my full surprise nothing popped up. I thought I did a mistake and rechecked again. Not a single Tiguan popped up at these criteria. Then I looked for a Rav4. There was 1 result 80km away. On the pictures the car looked nice. It was freshly washed. I called the owner, arranged a visit and drove there. The car was “waiting” for me. After I did all the check steps mentioned below it was high time for the final pre-test drive engine test. The engine was on and I opened the Oil cap of the engine. A whole bit of oil spilled out on my face and my t-shirt. At this moment I immediately closed the motor oil cap, took a napkin, washed my face and said goodbye to the owner. He was laying about the perfect condition of his car. The motor was completely kaputt. He was from Serbia by the way, he was not German. I headed up a bid disappointed to Koblenz but thought that it is for good because I liked Tiguan more. Not a week or two passed when a friend of my, another foreign exchange student, asked me to drive her from Koblenz to Frankfurt Airport on the next day. She had to fly back home and she wanted to pay for the transport as well. It was cheaper for her me to drive her to the airport (and more comfortable for sure) than she to take a train to Frankfurt Airport from Koblenz. After our 5 min conversation we agreed all details about the timings and I immediately went to my room and opened my laptop. I loaded mobile.de and started browsing the area around Frankfurt for a VW Tiguan. I gave up looking for Rav4 at that time because the Tiguan was more appealing to the future car owner for whom I was looking to buy a car for. And then suddenly boom. I found a Tiguan for a little bit more than 15 K Euro in a perfect shape with only 115K mileage on the front panel. This was the advertisement for the car Vw Tiguan Advert on mobile.de. I looked at the working hours of the autohaus, searched for the address on my mobile navigation, found it, saved it, printed the check list (here) and was ready for tomorrow. When tomorrow came I drove my friend to the airport first and then I drove to the auto house. The beautiful VW Tiguan was just sitting there, feeling lonely because no one has bought him. I parked my car on the Lidl parking lot right across the street and entered the autohaus. I started looking for outside scratches and damages but could not find anything. Then I went to a person working in the auto house and asked him for the keys to open the car. I opened it and started looking after the car according to the check criteria. Everything was fine except that there was a small dark cloud on the roof and the high beam lamp in the car was not blinking on the front panel. These were negligible insufficiencies but necessary to push the price a bit lower. I said nothing at this time and just asked for a test drive. The man gave me the car keys, placed red plates on the car, took my personal ID card and thought me that I can exit the car house turn right and drive 10 km to the next village and return. I did exactly this. When I was testing I really pushed the car to the limit (speed, brakes, air conditioner, heating) everything was tested and passed the test. I drove back and told the man about the above mentioned minor insufficiencies and pushed the price down by 500 Euro. It was really a great discount for such a valuable car. After 5 minutes of conversation and my willingness to pay straight away he agreed. I asked to pay a deposit and reserve that car forever. Luckily there was a Visa Terminal. In the most big auto houses (this one had over 50 vehicles there) there is one. So, I paid a deposit in the amount of 10% of the sum and me and a representative signed a contract for the car. I happily took the one copy of the contract. We agreed that I will transfer the rest of the money via bank transfer later on and we agreed that I will pick up the car 7 days later. So it happened. I transferred the money, took the car and its documents and drove it back to Bulgaria.