The Dutch are buying more cars again after corona Financial

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That is the first catch-up since the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to counts of industry associations BOVAG and RAI Association and data agency RDC.

Last month 34,885 new passenger cars were registered in the Netherlands, about 4% more than in the same month last year.

192,868 new passenger cars were registered in the first seven months of the year, which is 25.6% less than a year ago.

In recent months, those counts since the coronavirus outbreak have declined dramatically, both among business and private drivers. With a further 50% decrease in registrations in April, compared to an annual basis. In May this was a decrease of almost 60%, in June around 40%.

Factories open again

This spring, car factories and supplier storage worldwide were locked down to prevent coronavirus infection. As a result, vehicles already ordered did not reach the buyers.

“Deliveries are now starting to pick up again, which translates into July,” the industry associations said in a statement, part of the recovery.

BOVAG and RAI Association recently adjusted their forecast for further car sales for the whole of 2020 downwards: from 425,000 to 350,000 cars.

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