After waiting and sometimes surviving 2022, the Russians again thought about buying cars, but it became unclear where to find them now and which one is better to choose. Economist Artyom Merenkov explained in an interview with Lenta.ru how best to manage money and choose the best option among cars. But for this you will have to expand your views on mileage and get used to right-hand drive.
According to the expert, if in the previous 30 years the number of cars on the Russian market was constantly spinning around the mark of 1.7 million, then in 2022 this number sadly deflated to 626,300.
Previously, Korean, German, French brands of domestic production were in special demand, but now this has become unavailable. Of the 60 brands, only 14 remained on the market. The main volume (74%) is occupied by domestic and Chinese brands, the rest is parallel imports and used vehicles.
Russian motorists literally waited out the previous year, and now they are determined ~~to win~~ to acquire, but what to choose?
Can buy new domestic brand, but this requires an average of 2.33 million rubles – the amount for some is simply colossal. But there are options with a car loan and benefits from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. But there is an official guarantee and details. The price tag is very unpleasant, but the specialist is convinced that they will continue to work on this.
New foreign brand by parallel import from China, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates. Among the minuses are working with intermediaries or personally with an unfamiliar market, as well as problems with repairs. You can knock down the price here by choosing a classic – a right-hand drive Japanese with mileage.
Used car. Of the benefits – a sane price, on average – about 900,000 rubles. Sometimes there is even a repair guarantee. Of the minuses – the incomprehensible history of the car and its owner, here you need to be more careful.
That, in fact, is all. Then only remains car sharing and taxi. Many Russians preferred to give up on a personal car and use an alternative. In Moscow, for example, 64% of movement around the city takes place on public transport. Well, of course, who wants to stand in a traffic jam all day.
Earlier, auto expert Jan Heitzeer already told what will happen to the car market in 2023. Russian production will develop and gain momentum, there will be even more Chinese cars, besides, they will start dropping the price due to competition, and Western cars will continue to be imported through parallel imports.