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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 model||Total sold|
|Kia Rio||1 814|
|Kia Picanto||1 877|
|BMW 1 Series||2,310|
|Subaru Outback||1 864|
|Ford Fiesta||1 852|
|Nissan Leaf||1 831|
|BMW 3 Series||4,452|
|Audi Q5||1 928|
|BMW 5 series||5,016|
|Citroën C4 Cactus||983|
|Citroën C3 Aircross||690|
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 model||Average price|
|2016 Volvo S60 2.0 D3||214,900 SEK|
|2016 Volvo XC70 2.4||277,800 SEK|
|2012 BMW 5 Series 550i||114,900 SEK|
|2018 Mercedes Benz S-Class 560||809,000 SEK|
|2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 R||294,900 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:
|No guarantees||Better buyer protection|
|Less chance of getting compensation in case of the fault||Warranty up to 2 years|
|You can demand to sign a contract and state guarantees in writing||Consumer Purchase Act applies|
|Lower price||Higher 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:
- Ask for the service booklet, if it exists
- Ask for vehicle inspection reports
- Check for errors on OBD
- Check for summer and winter tires, and if all spare rims are the same or threads have worn out
- Check for the engine oil level in the dipstick
- Test drive and perform basic maneuvers
- 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).
Read our guide about the cost of owning a car in Sweden.
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