German cars are getting older

The Germans are traveling with older and older cars. Over the past nine years, the average age of vehicles has risen almost continuously, a total of 20 percent. 

This is the result of a review of the comparison portal, which compared the information provided by its customers when taking out motor insurance. While the average age of the vehicles in 2007 was still an average of 8.4 years, the cars of the Bank24 customers had an average of 10.1 years in 2016 – so there are more and more used cars on the roads.

Accordingly, the proportion of cars that are 20 years and older has also increased. Interestingly enough, however, there are also more new cars among customers’ vehicles than in the previous year.

In these federal states, the cars are the oldest

In these federal states, the cars are the oldest

Looking at the federal states, the oldest used cars can be found with an average age of 10.6 years in the city state of Bremen (including Bremerhaven). This value is above the state average of 9.8 years, the Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt reach exactly. In the Saarland, in Lower Saxony and in Schleswig-Holstein the inhabitants are also traveling with above-average old vehicles (9.3 years).

The newest cars, on the other hand, are people in the city state of Hamburg and in Bavaria. Also in Thuringia and Hesse are comparatively many young models among the vehicles.

Overall, there is no big difference between the new (9.8 years) and old states (9.9 years).

City comparison: In Duisburg, the oldest used cars are on the way

City comparison: In Duisburg, the oldest used cars are on the way

In addition, the comparison portal also looked at the age of vehicles in the 15 largest German cities. In this group, the average is 9.7 years. Especially old cars are traveling in Duisburg, where the vehicle age is on average at 11.3 years.

But even in the cities of Bremen, Dortmund, Essen and Berlin, the cars are on average ten years old or even older. The latest vehicles are found with an average age of 8.9 years in Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, the city of Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

The proportion of new cars has also increased

The proportion of new cars has also increased

Among the insured cars of the Bank24 customers were not only used cars – the share of new cars is compared to the previous year, when it was still 3.0 percent, increased by 17 percent and is now at about 3.5 percent. Especially in the southern part of the Federal Republic, ie in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, the Saarland and Thuringia, the proportion of new cars is higher.

He is the largest in Hesse with 3.9 percent. In contrast, it is less than three percent in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, Bremen reaches the lowest value with a share of 2.5 percent.

Especially old cars in the northeast of Germany


In addition to the increasing number of new cars, the German citizens but also increasingly drive cars that are older than 20 years. The proportion of particularly aged cars has risen overall by 19 percent compared to the previous year and now stands at 3.8 instead of 3.2 percent. Most of the old used cars were insured in Brandenburg (4.7 percent), followed by Saxony and Lower Saxony with 4.4 percent each.

In general, the older vehicles are more likely to be found in the north and east of the Federal Republic: Also in Schleswig-Holstein and Saxony-Anhalt their share is high. The fewest oldies are on the road in Hamburg, where only 3.2 percent of the cars are older than 20 years. Even in Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin, only a few of the 2016 insured vehicles are over two decades old.

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