Whether your time in Austria is coming to an end or you simply want to upgrade your vehicle, it's always good to understand the process of selling a car in the Alpine Republic.
Published: 17 May 2022 16:57 CEST
Cars in Austria can be sold privately or through a dealer. Photo: Cristian Macovei on Unsplash
The used car market is booming in Austria right now – and in many other parts of Europe – making it a good time for anyone selling a car.
But before you start posting a listing on Willhaben (Austria’s online marketplace), it’s a good idea to know the rules about selling a vehicle in Austria, as well as the benefits of selling privately or through a dealer.
Another option when selling a car in Austria is to use a dealer. This is essentially a third party who will advertise and sell the vehicle for you – usually for a percentage of the sale price.
A big advantage of this method is that you can sit back and relax while a dealer puts in the effort, and vehicles can sell quicker with a dealer than by private sale. You can even trade in your car and put the profit towards an upgrade once it has been sold.
Additionally, some dealers offer optional extras like cleaning services to ensure your car looks its best before hitting the market.
A disadvantage though is that you will end up having to pay the dealer a commission, which will eat into your profit.
In Austria it’s common for people to barter on the advertised price of a used car.
When selling a car, expect potential buyers to negotiate at around 10 percent less of the asking price.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that sellers do not have to show proof of a technical inspection when selling a car in Austria, but some buyers might ask for it as part of the negotiations.
According to ORF, emergency services were still struggling to reach some areas and there were unconfirmed reports of missing people.
Schlimme Bilder aus #Arriach in #Kärnten, welches heute Nacht von mehreren Unwetterzellen getroffen wurde. Der Ort ist derzeit lt. ORF von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten und nicht durch die Einsatzkräfte erreichbar
A Tweet from Unwetter-Freaks said: “Bad pictures from #Arriach in #Kärnten , which was hit by several storm cells last night. According to ORF, the place is currently cut off from the outside world and cannot be reached by the emergency services.”
Earlier this week, rural areas in Upper Austria were also hit by storms (overnight, June 27th) bringing torrential rain and hail the size of golf balls, which caused extensive damage to crops and grassland in the key agricultural state.
It might sound obvious, but checking the weather forecast should be at the top of the list of summer storm preparations.
Unlike in the past, weather reports are now typically reliable, and apps like Bergfex and Accuweather are well-known for providing detailed forecasts and weather warnings.
However, long-range forecasts can change quickly, so if you’re planning a camping or hiking trip, be sure to check the weather between 24 and 48 hours before to avoid being caught out.
Additionally, the Österreichischen Unwetterzentrale (Austrian Severe Weather Centre) has regular updates about storms and weather forecasts for Austria and users can sign up for email and SMS notifications.
According to the organisation, Die Helfer Wiens (The Helpers of Vienna) one of the biggest risks during a storm is being hit by a fallen tree or flying debris.
For this reason, they advise people (and pets) to stay indoors during a storm and close all windows and doors.
If staying in a tent or campervan, it’s also a good idea to seek shelter in a building (if possible) until the storm has passed.
However, if you are outside during lightning, the Austrian Red Cross says the best approach is to crouch down into a ball to reduce the amount of contact you have with the floor.
Whether walking or driving, the best advice is to stay from the forest or areas with lots of trees during a storm.
While sheltering under a tree can protect from rain or hail, lightning or strong wind can bring down trees. This makes the forest a dangerous place to be in a storm.
But if you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of being in a forest when a thunderstorm hits, stay away from low branches and tree trunks and crouch down low. Place any walking sticks or metal poles away from you and stay away from metal fences.
Avoid risky activities
Certain outdoor activities are especially hazardous if there’s a lightning storm.
Any activity in an open area or that puts you into contact with water or metal is strongly advised against. So that means fishing, swimming, boating, cycling and golfing are out until the storm is over.
Keep torches and candles ready
Power cuts are common during storms, so keep a stock of candles and torches ready in case you end up without electricity for several hours.
It’s also a good idea to have a portable USB charger to make sure your phone doesn’t run out of battery during an emergency.
Who to call in an emergency
These are the numbers to call if you need help from the Austrian emergency services during a storm.
122 – fire service (Feuerwehr).
133 – police (Polizei).
144 – ambulance (Krankenwagen or Rettungswagen).
120 – ÖAMTC emergency breakdown service.
123 – ARBÖ emergency breakdown service.
140 – mountain rescue.
Finally, 112 is the single European emergency number, whose operators will direct you to the relevant services. This number can even be called on a locked mobile phone without needing the pin.