Best Websites To Buy a Used Car in Sweden

A used car is in many ways a better option than a new vehicle. But where to look for one if you are living in Sweden? Swedish used car market is pretty large; hence, you have plenty of websites and cars to choose from.

Best websites to buy used cars in Sweden are:

  • Blocket.se
  • Bytbil.com
  • Autouncle.se
  • Wayke.se
  • Bilweb.se
  • Facebook groups

When buying a used car, you can save a lot of money, but there are also some pitfalls to watch out for. Particularly when dealing with private sellers, you need to have a checklist of what to look for to avoid buying a lemon. Also, read our guide on how to buy a car in Sweden.

Used car websites in Sweden

You can choose between plenty of websites when looking for a car in Sweden, but Blocket and Bytbil are the largest in the market. Some of them have deals from private sellers, some only from dealerships.

On all websites, you can apply the filtering criteria to see the most suitable options. Once you see a car you like, you can get more information via Billskat.nu and Bilpriser.se to know the expenses such as approximation of tax, fuel consumption, etc.

Read our guide on buying a car in Sweden.

1. Blocket.se

Blocket is a Swedish version of Craiglist, and it functions in a similar way. You will find the majority of offers from private sellers on Blocket.

At the moment of writing, Blocket has over 240,000 cars available.

Also read this article on the best websites to buy a used car in Europe.

2. Bytbil.com

At the moment of writing, there are 82,829 vehicles to choose from, 65,261 of which are cars. The majority of cars offered are from dealerships. On Bytbil, you can also select leasing as an option if purchasing a vehicle isn’t optional for you.

3. Autouncle.se

Autouncle is a great resource for finding a used car in Sweden, but it has only offers from dealerships. At the time of writing, there are 106,810 vehicles available for buyers on Autouncle.

4. Wayke.se

Wayke is a relatively new car marketplace with a fancy interface. On the platform, you will come across both private sellers and dealers. Besides, you can sell a car there too. Buyers can search for a vehicle based on price, car model, or horsepower.

Moreover, this website offers a unique feature – the video chat where the buyer can talk to an expert before making a purchase. At the moment of writing, there are 29,984 available cars you can choose from in Sweden.

5. Bilweb.se

Bilweb is a marketplace for new and used cars from dealerships in Sweden. Currently, there are 48,820 used vehicles to choose from.

6. Facebook groups

In addition to official car sites, it’s always good to check local Facebook groups for some good deals.

Evaluating the car value and taxes

Sweden also has websites for car evaluation and further information like the amount of taxes, fuel consumption, etc. For car evaluation, visit Bilpriser.se and Billskat.nu for taxes. However, to get results, you will need to know the car model you are looking to buy.

What used car should you get in Sweden?

Cars aren’t cheap in Sweden. Once you decide on the model, it’s with you for a long time. Regarding the car brand, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Volvo have gained popularity among Swedes. Rightly so, those cars have a great price value ratio and will serve you for many years ahead.

If you are looking for an affordable car that is reliable, check out the Toyota RAV4 hybrid 4×4 of the 2012–2018 model series. It will cost you between 120,000 SEK and 250,000 SEK.

Another good and stable option is Volkswagen Golf. In the end, it’s the most popular car in Sweden. There are some reasons for this.

Most popular cars in Sweden

Which cars sell the best in Sweden? As mentioned, Volkswagen Golf is an absolute favorite among Swedes. Besides, many other Volkswagen models are on the list of the best-sold cars in Sweden.

Another beloved car brand is Volvo. In fact, various models of VW and Volvo are dominating the Swedish car market.

Nissan and Toyota are also pretty popular. Lastly, you will see a significant number of Skoda and Mercedes on Swedish roads.

That said, the most common cars, according to the number of vehicles that were sold in recent years, are:

  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volvo V40
  • Volvo S90/V90
  • Volvo S60/V60
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Peugeot 2008
  • Audi A6
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes E-class 
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Audi A4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Mercedes C-Class

Here are the exact numbers of vehicles that were sold in Sweden in 2018:

Car modelTotal sold
Volkswagen Golf17,095
Volkswagen Tiguan9,821
Volvo XC6013,293
Volkswagen Polo4,590
Nissan Qashqai6,344
Volvo S60/V6016,412
Toyota Yaris5,274
Kia Ceed4,792
Volvo S90/V9024,346
Kia Niro5,405
Renault Clio4,766
Toyota Auris5,387
Toyota C-HR4,074
Skoda Fabia4,081
Volkswagen Passat13,650
Volvo XC406,175
Peugeot 30083,178
Volvo V407,151
Peugeot 20082,020
Toyota RAV43,613
Renault Captur2,902
Skoda Octavia5,348
Audi A32,678
Dacia Duster2,608
Seat Leon2,678
Volkswagen T-Roc2,752
Kia Rio1 814
Mercedes A-Class2,925
Kia Sportage1,985
Subaru XV1,695
Mazda CX-31,550
Peugeot 2081,789
Skoda Karoq1939
Kia Picanto1 877
Mazda CX-51,689
BMW 1 Series2,310
Ford Focus2,415
Subaru Outback1 864
Mercedes E-Class5,302
Seat Arona1,555
Kia Stonic1,535
Seat Ibiza1,207
Ford Fiesta1 852
Skoda Kodiaq2,691
Citroën C31,676
Nissan Leaf1 831
Peugeot 3081,799
Peugeot 50081,393
Mercedes GLC3,177
Nissan X-Trail1,051
Mini 3d/5d1,647
BMW 3 Series4,452
Skoda Superb2,783
Dacia Sandero935
Mazda31,089
Audi A1980
Toyota Aygo930
Mercedes C-Class3,099
Ford Kuga1,761
Suzuki Vitara972
Renault Zoe1,663
Suzuki Swift888
Honda Civic1,220
Audi Q51 928
Seat Ateca1,050
Audi Q21,276
Volvo XC902,559
Subaru Forester879
Audi A43,465
Opel Astra1,614
Toyota Avensis1,084
Kia Optima3,448
BMW 5 series5,016
Renault Kadjar1,212
Kia Soul710
Mercedes CLA1,490
Mitsubishi Outlander3,247
Hyundai i20728
Opel Insignia1,450
Honda HR-V747
Audi A64,561
Hyundai Tucson863
Citroën C4 Cactus983
Hyundai i301,070
Fiat 500962
Opel Corsa1,438
Renault Megane1,320
Honda CR-V769
Audi Q3534
Porsche 911429
Dacia Logan418
Citroën C3 Aircross690
BMW X11,312
Mitsubishi ASX426
Ford Mustang551
Volkswagen Touran586
Nissan Juke661
Ford EcoSport671
Mitsubishi Eclipse557
BMW X31,731
Source: teknikensvarld.expressen.se

Typical prices for used cars in Sweden

By now you know what cars are popular in Sweden, but what do they cost? Here are some average prices for used models of common models:

Car modelAverage price
2016 Volvo S60 2.0 D3214,900 SEK
2016 Volvo XC70 2.4277,800 SEK
2012 BMW 5 Series 550i114,900 SEK
2018 Mercedes Benz S-Class 560809,000 SEK
2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 R294,900 SEK

Buying a car from car dealer vs private seller

There are some points you need to keep in mind when choosing between a dealer or private seller in Sweden:

Private sellerDealer
No guaranteesBetter buyer protection
Less chance of getting compensation in case of the faultWarranty up to 2 years
You can demand to sign a contract and state guarantees in writingConsumer Purchase Act applies
Lower priceHigher price

A checklist for a used car purchase in Sweden

Before buying your used car in Sweden, you should consider and check some crucial aspects when it comes to cars, especially used ones.

1. Check out Transportstyrelsen for details

Firstly you need to check the registration information of the car you want to purchase. This can be done on the Transportstyrelsen website by keying in the registration number. Here you will find information like:

  • the latest inspection date (Besiktning) of the car
  • next inspection period
  • annual tax amount
  • tax payment month
  • technical data (e.g., engine number, transmission type)
  • vehicle data (e.g., number of owners)

Look out for:

  • Vehicle status (Fordonstatus)

Make sure the vehicle is allowed on roads. If it’s on stands (owners who don’t use the car move the status from allowed to on stands), the owner gets a percentage of the vehicle tax refund which will be transferrable to the new owner to be allowed on the roads again.

  • Inspection before (Besiktigas senast)

Check for the next inspection date. The owner may be selling a car whose inspection is in the next 2-3 months. You can see the next inspection date (Besiktning) on Transportstyrelsen website.

New cars should be inspected 36 months after purchase for the first time, 24 months for the second time, and 14 months after that. Don’t buy a car where the inspection date is coming soon.

When buying, ask for previous Besiktning documents. The documents contain the number of owners, last-issued registration certificate, and yearly vehicle tax.

  • Vehicle debts

You can find the car’s unpaid taxes and debts at Kronofogden.

  • Vehicle history

While this information is publicly available, you can save time by looking at sources like Carfax.

2. Meeting with the owner

If you didn’t find anything suspicious during the first step, you can go ahead and meet the owner. During the first meeting, you should do the following:

  1. Ask for the service booklet, if it exists
  2. Ask for vehicle inspection reports
  3. Check for errors on OBD
  4. Check for summer and winter tires, and if all spare rims are the same or threads have worn out
  5. Check for the engine oil level in the dipstick
  6. Test drive and perform basic maneuvers
  7. Whether the car has an engine heater since running with a cold engine drops down the mileage

3. Signing a contract

Purchasing agreement is especially important if you are buying a car from a private seller. Without a signed contract, you are taking a huge risk. It’s advisable to use a Swedish Consumer Agency’s purchase contract.

The main rule is not to pay for a vehicle until it was delivered to you or you have picked it up.

4. Car insurance in Sweden

Sweden requires all vehicles with a valid registration sticker to be insured, failure to which you might incur hefty fines. After gaining full ownership, you should now insure it as the next step. Insurance for old car costs between 450 SEK and 1,800 SEK per month, depending on the coverage:

  • Mandatory traffic insurance: 450-700 SEK
  • Half insurance: 600 – 1,000 SEK
  • Full insurance: 800 – 1,800 SEK

If you buy a car from Blocket, you will have two weeks’ insurance from Blocket. After that, you must purchase permanent insurance. 

There are different types of insurance. Mainly three types:

  • Full insurance: It will cover everything!
  • Half insurance: It will cover, in case of an accident, your car’s damage, other’s damage, medical, theft, etc.
  • Traffic insurance (Mandatory): You must have at least traffic insurance in order to take your car on the Swedish road. This insurance is the cheapest and won’t cover your car’s damage. But it will cover others’ damage and your medical expense. You will find more information about traffic insurance on the Swedish Traffic Agency’s website (Transportstyrelsen).

You can compare prices (Jämför Bilförsäkring) among different insurance companies on these websites: Compricer.seBilpriser.se.

Read our guide about the cost of owning a car in Sweden.

Anna

Anna is an experienced expat and writer. She has been living abroad for over 6 years.

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