Why are second-hand cars SO expensive in France?

A look at the forecourt of any car showroom in France is enough. Second-hand prices are exceptionally high – but why?

The simple answer is that the French second-hand market is very different from the UK, and even from its neighbours who also drive on the right.

For example, in the UK it is much more common to have a company car. In France, these have been an exception rather than the rule and those who have one are heavily taxed, as are their employers.

Workers in cities instead get discounted public transport, such ...

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