moving to germany

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    just taken a job in germany to fix trucks on a u.s. base, going to look and see what bmw cars are like out in there, see if they are cheaper or any rarer than here.
     
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    They usually have less standard equipment than UK ones. And with the € being what it is against the £, they won't be that cheap either...
     
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    @Spuffington would be the lad to comment, he spends some/most of his current working life in Frankfurt.
     
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    down the road from him in mannheim ( a few miles or klms )
     
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    Know it well. Used to work just across the river in Ludwigshafen
     
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    BASF ??
     
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    I worked for the pharmaceutical division of BASF in the UK (now defunct) and visited Ludwigshafen on a few occasions.
     
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    Yep.
     
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    29 years at Seal Sands, think its now Inios but still supplies BASF in Germany
     
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    They unloaded their entire pharmaceutical portfolio and infrastructure to Abbott Laboratories in 2001. This, approximately six years after they bought all the Boots pharmaceutical brands and the infrastructure that went with them. They traded as Knoll Limited but changed their name to BASF Pharma in 2000, before being listed ion the London Stock Exchange and sold the following year.

    By then, Boots had already back tracked and set up another pharmaceutical division, but having no products, licences, R&D or production facilities they had to buy some licences in. When the Abbott takeover happened in 2001, I was quite high up in the organisation. Ludwigshafen became a bit of a thorn in Chicago's side, from many accounts. Abbott bought BASF Pharma to get its hands on two products, one originally of Boots research and the other of BASF research. Everything else, including all the people (many of who were let go) got more or less thrown in for nothing. I had some good times and made a few friends in Ludwigshafen . Long time ago now.

    On the industrial/chemical side, IIRC they made BMW interior moldings? I think they did the E39.
     
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    Jealous.

    I would love to live I Germany. Only one particular area though...


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    Hi - sorry to come to this a little late.

    I split my time 50:50 between Frankfurt and London. I much prefer living in Germany to England and I'm sure that with a bit of German linguistic skills ahead of your move, you will settle in easily and enjoy living there. Mannheim is a beautiful City and all of the area between Koblenz-Frankfurt-Stuffgart (and even further south) is beautiful. Also being in the centre of Europe is great for holidaying.

    Anyway, I digress, but mainly because I can't categorically answer your question! :whistle::ROFLMAO:

    What used to be the case (but not sure if it's changed with the advent of Leasing) is that Germans tended to buy their vehicles outright (particularly high end ones) and run them for 8-10yrs. There's no fear of "high mileages" here. Also, the powerplants tended to be generally better than those seen in the UK, presumably due to the ability to cruise at high speeds on the Autobahn. That has started to change both with the increased congestion on the Autobahn making the opportunity for high speed progress largely fairly limited and also an increased awareness as to the environmental costs of high speed driving (significant increase in emissions/fuel consumption with speed).

    You also used to see only the SE versions of BMWs (which I thought was very telling when every man and his dog in the UK would talk of the M Sport being the better high speed handling - not the case) but the Germans have embraced aesthetics now with M Sport trim becoming more common. You often find the M Sport suspension deleted though. Vehicles tend to be pretty highly specced though and you only have to look at the Sixt fleet of 3er and 5er BMWs to see that they are specced to take account of demand in the second Hand market. Not unusual to get an almost fully loaded model (c. 10-15k of options) on the rental fleet.

    I haven't bought a vehicle over here and the only one I have had the experience of buying was our VW camper which was purchased at the start of the year. It was new and bought through a dealer so relatively easy, but be prepared for an enormous amount of bureaucracy in buying and registering a vehicle and remember also that the vehicle has to be registered to your local "Autoamt" and that is what drives your Registration number. Everytime you move, it has to be re-registered to a different location and then given a new registration number.

    If you need any help with anything, just PM me. I've been living on and off (commuting certainly) here for >10yrs and my girlfriend has been here for 10yrs fulltime, so between us we can probably answer most questions and particuarly from an "ex pat" perspective.
     
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    Spot on @Spuffington . At the Autoamt, if you ask nicely, you can choose from the available number plates rather than be allocated one, so you can kinda get your "private plate" at no extra cost. And if you're living over there, insurance and VED is just a bit different too. NCD runs to (IIRC) 17 years, some large insurers like Gerling (my experience) will accept a UK NCD confirmation but broadly speaking they have 3rd party (Haftpflicht), something similar to TPFT (Teilkasko) and fully comp (Vollkasko). VED on diesel cars is much higher than petrol but you get it back with the lower diesel price at the pumps if you do the miles. And your commuting mileage is tax-deductible...
     
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    Yup, all solid points there too! (y)

    And on the reg front, we got F MD 1789 by having a nice little rummage through the database and paying an additional EUR 50. F = Frankfurt M = Martina D = Duncan and 1789 = 9th August 2017 which was the day we met. :love:
     
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    I had DÜW JG 36...something to do with my age at the time...
     

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