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SophiaS
7/2/2019 13:43 EST

Hi everyone, my husband & I will be moving to Lisbon in September. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for best sites to lease a car? Also, how do car dealers work in Lisbon? We want to purchase a used car after we arrive. What is the process? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Aranthama
7/2/2019 16:38 EST

In the Algarve, I recently searched for and bought a used VW station wagon from a private party, after having it check out for 30 euros at a Midas station. I looked for and found it on Facebook marketplace, where you can search by city, type of vehicle, automatic/manual, etc. Buying from a private seller is A LOT cheaper than buying from a dealer. And be prepared: car prices are higher in Portugal than in the U.S. Also, join AFPOP and use their Medal company to purchase car insurance, which you can do right after you register the vehicle.

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SophiaS
7/2/2019 16:55 EST

Thank you! This is great information.

Bemadam
7/3/2019 06:46 EST

Personally I've found second hand car prices from dealerships to be extortionate, so would not advise this route, though as another poster suggested, you may be able to buy second hand at a reasonable price privately.

In my case, I bought a new car from a dealership as I thought it worth the money to pay a few thousand euros more, but get a new car that I can use for possibly 20 or more years. At least there's a warranty for the first five years, some brands even go to a 7-year warranty.

Also you don't know how a second hand car has been driven, how many owners it's had, and even getting it checked beforehand doesn't totally protect you from unforeseen issues that might arise immediately after you purchase it.

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