Second-hand car imports increase spectacularly of late
At the same time, the market of second-hand cars is prospering, writes daily Evenimentul Zilei, which shows that the registration of second-hand cars rose in Oct, 37%, compared with the previous month, and 140% compared with the same month last year.
PM Calin Popescu-Tariceanu warned that the excessive import of second-hand cars will drop the number of jobs in the car industry.
In order to support the market of new cars, the Association of Car Makers and Importers APIA is drafting a bill stipulating the removal of restrictions on the number of distributors and trademarks in the programme of renewal of the car fleet.
In the first ten months this year, the number of used cars from import rose 105%, to more than 205,000 units, and the registration of new cars fell 2.5%, to more than 253,000 units.
In order to counter that tendency, the government thinks to remove the car pollution tax for new cars, which is much higher than that for second-hand cars, ministerial sources told newspaper Evenimentul Zilei.
Another problem of the car market was identified by APIA in the shortage of funding and crediting, because banks do not regard well investment in cars.
At the same time, many leasing companies see themselves compelled to take over the cars of insolvable customers, cars that are again put to the market, this time as second-hand ones.
When it comes to Opel brand, the situation is similar. Last month, registered were 1,471 new cars and five times more second-hand ones, or 7,723.
Much lower registrations of new units in comparison with used cars were reported for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Alfa Romeo and Smart.
According to APIA data, sales of new cars will total, this year, some 275,000 units, while 250,000 units are expected to be sold in 2009.