Scrapping without a bonus: Almost every third German wants to get rid of his car

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Almost every third German wants to get rid of his car

Scrapping without a bonus: Almost every third German wants to get rid of his car-internet

With the Germans, the desire for the car is dwindling. Almost one in three people thinks about abolishing it

Source: dpa / DPA

The auto industry expects sales of well over 3.5 million new vehicles for 2009. The scrapping bonus and discount battle have made buying a car more attractive than it has been for ten years. The results of a current study on car fatigue are all the more surprising.

Kjust under 30 percent of Germans no longer feel like driving. That is an estimated eight million car owners. Across Europe, 38 percent are considering banning that or at least one car from their household without replacement within the next twelve months.

If you add up the record registrations of 2009 with the potential cancellations of 2010 in an admittedly fuzzy calculation, there is a relatively small number of people who want to buy a car in the coming year. The industry calculates the number of new registrations in Germany in the coming year at around 2.6 million after an estimated 3.6 million this year and 3.09 million last year.

The current survey by the Ipsos Institute casts doubt on this forecast. The saturation could be much greater.

As part of the study “Europcar Transportation & Mobility Observatory 2009”, which the institute carried out in August 2009, more than 5,000 European, including 1,012 German, car owners and drivers were asked about their mobility needs.

The evaluation shows that the number of car-tired people in Germany has almost doubled since 2008 (17 percent).

Across Europe, the proportion has almost tripled compared to the previous year: from 14 percent in 2008 to 39 percent now.

For more and more Europeans, costs and environmental protection are arguments for doing without their own car in the future. More than 80 percent of people who think about giving up their car want to save costs, 46 percent also want to protect the environment.

And if you don’t want to or can’t give up your beloved vehicle completely, you can change how you use it.

91 percent of the respondents in Germany stated that they had changed their driving style and the use of their car. Reasons for this are also increasing cost and environmental awareness.

The most frequently mentioned adjustments are a fuel-efficient driving style (70 percent) and not using the car for short journeys (70 percent).

The interest in environmentally friendly cars with hybrid, electric or gas drives is correspondingly high. Across Europe, around 65 percent of drivers would at least theoretically prefer a corresponding car, 40 percent are even willing to accept additional costs despite increased cost awareness.

So far, however, only 28 percent of those surveyed in Germany have driven an environmentally friendly car – mostly young men in large cities.

After all, over half of Germans stated that they wanted to use rental cars instead of their cars in the future. 37 percent prefer car sharing, 32 percent motorized two-wheelers.

The study was commissioned by the car rental company Europcar. There they are understandably happy about the forecast trend towards rental cars. It remains to be seen whether people will actually use their cars in the near future based on the survey results.

Barely a month and a half after the government scrapping premium for old cars expired, the waiting list for replacement vehicles has now also been closed. As the responsible Federal Office for Economics and Export Control (BAFA) announced, all 15,000 list places are occupied. The corresponding reservation portal on the Internet has therefore been switched off. If the applications could be processed quickly, the first applicants from the waiting list would probably be informed in November whether bonuses had become available for them.

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