“Retiree vehicles”: advantages and disadvantages

So-called “retiree vehicles” have a positive image. Cars are often clearly declared as such in newspaper advertisements or on the Internet. In fact, such pensioner vehicles usually have many advantages that allow you to get a top vehicle for a mostly low price.

Of course, not every “retiree vehicle” is the same! Only the most common properties are discussed here.

Positive characteristics of a typical pensioner vehicle:

  • Very low mileage, often only 5000-8000 km/year – mostly caused almost exclusively by shopping trips
  • Often permanently stored in garages
  • Often driven gently, rarely at full throttle (this means, for turbo engines, for example, a fully intact turbocharger)
  • Even after 50,000 km, there are often only very few stone chips in the paintwork and windscreen, as the car is rarely driven on the motorway
  • Partly high-quality motorization, partly sporty automatic transmission
  • Used by many drivers only as a “fair weather vehicle”.
  • Overall little wear on the engine and exterior

Disadvantages can be…

  • Sometimes only poorly repaired (paint) damage caused by parking bumps
  • New cars are often sent for service from the outset in “backyard workshops” instead of to an authorized workshop
  • Equipment is often poor
  • For vehicles that have not been moved for a long time, an oil change is usually recommended, even outside the service interval

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