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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.

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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.

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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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SophiaS
7/3/2019 18:17 EST

Thank you! Very helpful, as well.

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Dijon7
7/4/2019 03:47 EST

My wife and I moved to the Algarve in October 2018 and rented cars for 5 euros a day during the low tourist season. In April we bought a Toyota Yaris hybrid station wagon from an individual. We wanted either a hybrid or diesel since gasoline prices here are 3X higher than in the US. Except with luxury cars, it is not that usual to find cars with automatic trans, as the Portuguese in general have not taken to them. I have been to dealerships where they had none. Anyway, I looked for a month for a reliable low mileage car and I found it in Coimbra where cars are less expensive than in Lisbon and the Algarve. We used olx.pt and standvirtual.pt as the websites to look for cars. Generally you will pay 20% more for cars than they are valued in Germany. You can go on mobile.de in Germany to compare model, year, price, mileage, etc. When I found our car and it was selling for the same price here as in Germany, I jumped on it. The insurance company valued it at more than I paid, in case it is totaled. My suggestion would be to go slow and don't fall for pressure or"you can't get that here". Vehicle registration took 20 minutes and insurance about 40. Welcome to Portugal!

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Wallvestor
7/4/2019 05:07 EST

two months ago I bought a Lexus from a used car dealer North of Lisbon. Depending of what you want, it may be available used for less. . The Portuguese like Audi, BMW and Mercedes. (the common man drives a Mercedes here). Although prices are 25% higher than in the U.S. A site I found that searches the internet for all used car offerings, an aggregator of sorts is http://www.theparking.eu/

That site will pull in all the offerings from any country. It's awesome.

For car leases I've used

www.airportrentals.com
www.rentalcars.com
www.carrentals.com

In the latest issue of the Algarve Residents local newspaper there's an ad for car rentals from 10 euro a day. It's called Algarve Car Hire at www.yor-car.com. I have no experience with them.

If you have an American Express card, call Amex and have them activate their extended car rental insurance. No deducible and great coverage for $19.95 - good for up to 42 days per car. You can't beat this coverage for a rental car.

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wilsonworld
7/4/2019 05:50 EST

We sold our VW Golf wagon in the US and purchased the same model here (used, only newer) for roughly the same as we sold our old one. Only difference is the 1.6 engine instead of our 2.0. It was a great experence and the guys at the dealership went over the top for us. Plus 2 year warrenty and no car payments.

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Wallvestor
7/5/2019 06:05 EST

yes, and I believe all used cars sold at a "stand" (what they call a used car dealer's store) must have a one year warranty included.

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