Car: there is no longer a new car for less than €10,000

Two years ago we managed to produce a buying guide for cars under €10,000. Admittedly, it only listed four models, much less than just three years earlier, but the offering was there, with cars that could meet the needs of a small family. Now it’s over. Subject to galloping inflation, car prices are becoming less and less affordable. On the one hand, the shortage of semiconductors prevents brands from supplying enough cars to meet demand. So manufacturers take the opportunity to further raise prices already inflated by electrification systems designed to lower CO emissions.2or by driving aids that make it possible to shine in the Euro NCAP crash test.

Two years ago we listed four models under €10,000. The Suzuki Celerio has since left the market. His compatriot Mitsubishi Space Star was also part of this closed circle, but thanks to a deficit: a permanent discount given by the manufacturer to lower the price below this symbolic threshold. Today, the website for the three-diamond brand still shows a call price of €9,290, but this is no longer automatic. Admittedly, the €13,890 of the cheapest Space Star is always discounted, but it is necessary to be eligible for the €3,000 government-paid conversion bonus to reach this figure. In other words, you have to scrap a pre-2011 diesel or pre-2006 petrol to hope to sign a check with only four figures to leave behind the wheel of the little Japanese car.

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