Still in France, 86% of households have a vehicle. Younger generations make up the smallest percentage of car owners. Those under 30 make up only 10% of car owners. The average age in France for those who buy their first new car is around 55. Quite a difference from the United States, where young professionals are often seen in flashy new cars, whether leased or owned.
Public transport in many French cities is also well-developed, as is the concept of car-pooling with websites like BlaBlaCar (a carpooling network) becoming increasingly popular. Many people also walk and ride bikes, and a large number of young adults have motor scooters/bikes. In short, while the process of buying a car is much like it is in the US, the popularity of the car and the idea of car ownership are quite different.
If you are moving to France and want to buy a car, we suggest using the following websites for your search. That's how we found our car! Like in the US, there is often room for negotiation. Ask for the ARGUS value of a car, which is comparable to the Kelly Blue Book value in the US.
French Car Search Engines:
To check the value of a vehicle:
Car Insurance Search Engine: