Are you planning to buy or import a foreign car? Before deciding to do so, take note of the pros and cons of importing a vehicle.
In the past years, there was a limit to the number of foreign vehicles in the Netherlands; however, as years passed, more and more foreign vehicles are imported to the country to the point wherein the differences between domestic and foreign cars became less significant. It is one of the impacts of a growing and more connected global economy. The line between foreign and domestic car manufacturers is starting to blur.
There are various reasons why some people prefer buying or importing a foreign car. If you are planning to do the same, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of buying a foreign car. To help with your purchase decision, here is the list of pros and cons of foreign vehicles.
There is no such thing as an automobile that is 100% made from its origin country. All manufacturers obtain some parts of the vehicle from other countries due to lower cost and quality. Hence, when you see a car stamped “Made in the Netherlands”, it does not mean every single part of the car is from the country. The vehicle was only manufactured within the country.
Top-ranked foreign vehicles are usually sought out for their impressive quality. These brands often have the highest ratings when it comes to performance and consumer scores. The impressive high ratings of these vehicles are one driving force that encourages many car owners in the Netherlands to import the vehicle.
In some cases, the reason why locals prefer foreign cars is their reliability over domestic automobiles. For example, surveys prove that Japanese cars have a high reputation in terms of reliability. Japanese vehicles have better and more reliable structures and performances. Moreover, they require fewer repairs than most domestic vehicles.
#3 Lower Cost
The lower cost of foreign cars makes them more appealing than domestic vehicles. For instance, Asian cars are less expensive and at the same time possess high-performance ratings. Likewise, the overall transaction price of these cars is less compared to domestic options.
#1 Requires a Lot of Inspection and Paper Work
No citizen can import and drive a foreign car in the Netherlands without undergoing inspection from authorities. The car has to pass the standards and inspection of authorities before it is used. Authorities commonly check the history and data of the car through a chassis number check. You can also do this through online Chassischeck.
Also, you’ll have to switch the foreign plate to a Dutch one to drive the vehicle. You’ll have to consult the country’s requirements to change the vehicle’s plate number.
#2 Replacing Parts
If the manufacturer of the foreign you bought has no branches in the country, then you’ll have trouble looking for replacement parts. Chances are you will have to import the parts from overseas, which means time and more money.
#3 Weaker Local Support
If more and more people import foreign cars, the demand and sale of domestic cars will decline. It can affect the country’s automotive industry and weaken the support for local workers in this field.