A second-hand vehicle bought at a dealer’s: a new autodna.com cycle, part 3
There are currently ca. 20 second-hand vehicle sales programmes available at the Polish market if you only count these offered by the manufacturers and importers. In Poland, Opel and Fiat are treated as manufacturers as they do manufacture some models locally. 20 is not a small number but not all of these programmes are equally comprehensive. You will find the biggest number of offers at Toyota, then the VW Group (including Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen), then Opel, Renault and Peugeot. The German premium brands, especially BMW and Audi, have a number of offers to choose from. While Mercedes, Honda and Kia only offer their own cars, the remaining importers and manufacturers also have other brands available within their programmes. On the one hand, this gives you a greater choice but on the other hand it greatly increases the price range. If you look at a sales programme available at, say, Audi, you can find both cars that cost a dozen thousand, and ones that cost more than ten times this.
On top of that, let us remind you once again that high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. You would be shocked to find out what differences you can come across when looking at offers of the premium brands. In Lexus Select you can look up a Toyota Avensis that costs ca. 20 k PLN as well as a Lexus LFA at a price of 2,8 M PLN. It is also good to bear in mind that the best (and not necessarily the most expensive) vehicles come with quality certificates (such as Decra, or dedicated certificates depending on the programme) and warranty. This means that some programmes use pre-selection. For example, the target of Fiat Auto Expert (currently unavailable as it is undergoing major reconstruction) is to only offer vehicles that are maximum 6 years old and have less than 130,000 km on the odometer. You could say these are quite strict limitations (for instance, a number of ex fleet vehicles will be excluded by default) but at the same time, it sets up a certain standard you can expect.
Interestingly, the majority of programmes include a link to the site where you can purchase a new model, and vice-versa. The Toyota programme configuration tool is pretty much the same as the one they use when you’re looking for a new car. In some cases, though, the importer will prefer to have a separate page (and brand) dedicated to the sales of second-hand vehicles. The Peugeot Approved Used Vehicles programme (formerly the Lion Dealers) is a good example of such setup. Another good example is Das WeltAuto, which is a VW Group programme with an independent page linked to the importer pages.
A list of second-hand car sales programmes:
Autoexpert (undergoing reconstruction)
Audi Select: plus
BMW Premium Selection
Second-hand vehicles: Dacia, Renault
Second-hand vehicles: Honda
Lexus Select Approved
Second-hand vehicles: Mercedes
Opel Guaranteed Used Cars
Peugeot Approved Used Vehicles
Das Welt Auto: Skoda, Seat, Volkswagen