Youngtimers stock in the Netherlands: strong growth since 2008

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The number of passenger cars in the Netherlands with an age of fifteen and older has grown substantially since 2008. Statistics Netherlands has calculated this. Although not all age categories show an increase, the younger young timers in particular are enjoying a growing popularity. Tax benefits and a long service life of a car are the two most important reasons for the increased number. In total, 1,9 million young and old-timers are registered in the Netherlands.

An important aspect is that entrepreneurs see cars of at least fifteen years of age as fiscally attractive. From the moment a car 15 yesar old is the addition (35 percent) namely calculated on the basis of the economic value (current value) and - as is known - not on the basis of the new value (list price). Another reason for the growth of the Dutch youngtimer stock is the increased average lifespan of a car. In the past decade, the average age has increased by around two years.

Share of young young timers has grown

In the total passenger car park, the percentage of young young timers (15 to 25 years) in particular has risen in the last ten years (from 9 to 19 percent). The percentage of vintage cars (40 year and older) increased much less at the same time, namely from 1 to 2 percent. The Netherlands counted on 1 January 2018 1,6 million youngtimers from 15 to 25 yesar. The number of vintage cars (40 years and older) was 140.000 copies.

Youngtimers from 25 to 40 years old are less popular

The percentage of young timers in the age of 25 up to 40 yesar has fallen in ten years. From the start of 2014, cars in this age category are no longer exempt from road tax. For 2014, the share of young timers with this age was up 2,5 procent, from that moment it has fallen to 2 procgraft on January 1 2018. Early last year there were almost in our country 170.000 registered youngtimers between the ages of 25 and 40, while Statistics Netherlands calculated that the number of passenger cars of forty years and older increased with (rounded) 10.000 units to 140.000.

Import increased

The import of the number of passenger cars of 15 years or older has increased in recent years. In 2018 there were almost 12 duiimported. Ten years earlier that was still there 10 duone thousand. However, the import of these cars only covers a small part, not yet 1 procent, of the total number of young and vintage cars that hit the road last year. The lion's share of passenger cars ends up in this category due to aging.

Volvo loved by business youngtimer drivers

Among the business drivers of youngtimers (15-25 year), models from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are the most popular. The only non-European brand in the top 10 of this category is Toyota, which occupies a sixth place. The private drivers, who for various reasons choose an older car, feel well served with models from Opel, Volkswagen and Peugeot. In that category, too, Toyota is in sixth place in the top ten. The Ford Focus is highly regarded for business and private individuals. Earlier it became clear that among the cars of 40 years and older for air-cooled Volkswagens, the Citroën 2CV and several types of Mercedes-Benz, which also achieved top marks in the import area last year.

Mileage different per category

The mileage shows different values ​​per category. The young youngtimers privately travel 10.000 and 12.000 kilometers per year on average. The passenger cars with an age between 25 and 40 years are used considerably less often. Individuals travel 4.100 kilometers, business drivers drive 4.800 kilometers on average. For passenger cars of forty years and older, the annual mileage remains negligibly small for business and private purposes: 1.700 kilometers per year on average.

Source: CBS
Edited: Auto Motor Klassiek, Erik van Putten


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  1. My Nissan Primera station from 1999, still drives like new, I can't even remember if I have ever replaced a light bulb. Even topping up oil is not necessary

  2. Since November 2012 I have been driving a 200 Mercedes 1986D, which will be 1/3 century old at the end of this year. The car is not fast and it has no air conditioning or ABS, but it drives wonderfully, quietly, comfortably, is economical - 1: 18,4 - and it has never let me down.

    On average I drove 52.000 km. per year, so considerably more than average. The final score now is 580.000 km and the car makes the impression to be able to cover that distance with ease. I never have to refill anything in between two turns.

    I largely do maintenance myself and consists of replacing oil and filters (every 15.000 km.), Periodically checking everything and balancing wheels. Of course there were costs, such as a new distribution chain and injectors at 500.000 (that is necessary) and I had the car repainted because after thirty years the paint was simply “on”.

    In short: with a youngtimer like this you can laugh all over the world.

  3. Recognizable. I see that, for example, beautiful Toyota Corolla E11s of around 2000 euros are sold quickly. These are still good cars and not too expensive to maintain. There are many complaints about the more luxurious versions of modern cars in particular. Very expensive to maintain. Amounts of a thousand or even thousands of euros per year are normal.

    I have been driving a young timer or old car (Audi) for nine years now. An average of 10.000 km per year. The past year was expensive (800 euros together) with a largely new cat., Exhaust and new front tires, but in previous years it involved several hundred euros for inspection and repairs. Disadvantage: there is almost always something, door locks are less, some leakage here or there, but as long as it is not very serious, you drive cheaply. Parts in particular can become a problem, because VAG is not enthusiastic for owners of older cars. I know enough people who laugh at me with my old box but are many times more expensive.

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