My car just came from the inspection with a nice long list of repairs that have to be done to pass the main inspection for security (Hauptuntersuchung). The repairs sum up to something between 1500€ if only the absolut minimum is done up to 4000€ in the worst case for all (optional) repairs. The car is a Golf 5 from 2005 with nearly 220000 km and probably around 1500€-2000€.

From a financial viewpoint, is it wise to invest in the full repairs, only repair what is necessary, or buy a used car (2-5 years old, 50000-100000km, 8000€-10000€) and sell the old one, provided the funds are readily available?

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    Does a car have to pass inspection to be sold?
    – mkennedy
    Jan 13, 2020 at 20:34
  • I think not necessarily. There are enough used car dealerships that world pay some bucks for it
    – Lehue
    Jan 13, 2020 at 20:36
  • There have been a handful of similar questions. If you look at the sidebar to the right, there will be a list under a heading of Related - these are questions that the SE system has automatically found as related. Are any of them of use to you? Is there anything unique in your situation that isn't covered in those related questions?
    – dwizum
    Jan 13, 2020 at 20:45
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    @dwizum I found the last question, it is probably similar enough to close this question as a dublicate, though it seems the car in the question could run for some time longer. The other two seem to focus on buying (new vs used), but in my case it's more like investing in the car already there vs buying a used one.
    – Lehue
    Jan 13, 2020 at 20:59
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    Once was told by an inspector they distinguish between werterhaltenden and wertsteigernden repairs. When you decide in favour of the 1500 EUR repairs, the car is not worth more money. Look on mobile.de or the like how much the car is worth and then decide if it's worth to invest 1500 EUR or even more. Jan 13, 2020 at 22:47


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