“How does the EU help me to compare prices?”
“I am keen to take advantage of price differences in the EU, but
I am not sure where to get the right information.”
Thanks to the single market, it is now easier than ever to get the best deal in the EU when it comes to buying a new car.
Following the introduction, in 2002, of European rules prohibiting car manufacturers from having selective and exclusive
dealerships, competition between suppliers has increased, to the benefit of European citizens.
The introduction of the Euro currency in 2001 has also made it easier for consumers to
compare prices and to shop in different countries without needing to change money.
Each year, the European Commission publishes a car price report, showing where consumers can find cars at the
highest and lowest prices. There are also numerous price comparison websites, where consumers can find the best deal on cars,
car parts and service. Check with your local consumer protection organisation to find out whether it recommends any sites in particular.
EU rules mean that all sellers must clearly display the full price, including VAT, of all goods for sale to private
consumers. Goods sold loose, such as fruit and vegetables or petrol, must have the unit price displayed (e.g. the price per kilogram
or per litre). This makes it easier for consumers to compare prices between sellers.
European Commission reports on car prices