The Hungarian forint is at a historically low rate when compared to Euros, affecting several aspects of the economy. According to vezess.hu, it is now affecting the car trading business as well.
Car dealers say that the recent weakening of the forint is starting to show its effects in the car trading business, and more and more foreigners are becoming interested in relatively new cars with lower mileage sold in Hungary.
For them, the current exchange rate is rather favourable and can even amount to thousands of Euros saved, so it is worth looking around on the Hungarian used car scene.
Most customers come from Western countries and are looking for relatively young and lesser used cars, as they are the ones that can mean a significant gain at a purchase. This makes sense if we think about it and count a bit. When the exchange rate was 304 HUF for 1 EUR, a car costing 5 million HUF was 16 447 EUR. Now, with the forint being at an all-time low, the price changes to 15 151 EUR, which is a significant 1300 EUR difference. For more expensive cars, the profit can be even greater.
When buying a car sold for 10 million HUF (30 800 EUR), it is possible to save up to 2600 EUR, solely due to the current exchange rate.
György Frank, the brand manager of Das WeltAuto, revealed that “When the forint is weak, foreign customers are looking for young cars that are in good shape. They often buy a bunch of cars to maximise their profit.”
As for importing, the current exchange rate affects imports only when it comes to more expensive cars. Somewhat fewer young cars arrive from other countries to Hungary. However, it does not really affect the import of 10-15-year-old cars, as the difference is only a few thousand forints due to their lower value, which does not deter customers.
According to the Central Statistical Office, 18 956 cars were exported in 2017, with a worth of 27.1 billion forints (83 467 263 EUR). This year, this number is expected to rise.
For more car-related news, check out this article about Hungarian car-buying tendencies.