Dealers no longer want to take diesel in part payment

I can’t get rid of it! According to a survey, many car dealers no longer trade in used diesel vehicles. The reason is a court ruling.

Slow-moving goods: used diesel cars at a dealer.

Dhe diesel crisis is causing more and more problems for car dealers in Germany. In the used car market in particular, the situation has once again deteriorated significantly. 22 percent no longer accept any used diesel vehicles as part-payment. Of the remaining dealers, 87 percent of the dealers only sell used diesel vehicles at higher discounts. This is based on current figures from the diesel barometer of the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT). The “diesel dilemma” in the automobile trade is getting worse, it was said.

The image of diesel is badly damaged. The reasons are the emissions scandal and impending driving bans for diesel vehicles in cities in which pollutant limit values ​​are exceeded. Diesel are a major contributor. New registrations of diesel vehicles have been on the decline for months.

According to the DAT barometer, 58 percent of dealers said they had sold fewer new diesel vehicles to commercial customers. The development is even more drastic among private customers: 86 percent of dealers sell fewer used and new diesel cars to end consumers.

Diesel are slow-moving

Many diesel vehicles are parked at dealerships for an average of 103 days. Used diesel cars cost the trade on average 28 euros per vehicle per day. 57 percent of the dealers give clearer discounts on new diesel vehicles, 61 percent set up provisions for impending losses.

After the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court at the end of February, which declared driving bans generally permissible, the amount of advice required in retail has increased significantly. In addition, 93 percent of all retailers said in the survey that the judgment had led to even more uncertainty among their customers.

Dealers currently have no chance of even covering their costs when marketing used diesel vehicles, said DAT managing director Jens Nietzschmann. “They will therefore have to rely on support from their manufacturers, importers or politicians in order not to get into economic difficulties.”

The basis of the barometer is a representative survey of the automobile trade, enriched with data from the Federal Motor Transport Authority and with the results of the DAT market observation.