For the blue, from today prices in dollars of cars can be cheaper than in 2002

This value arises from taking four representative models of the small segment of that time, such as the Volkswagen Gol, the Fiat Uno, the Renault Clio and the Chevrolet Corsa, and their similar or equivalent today. For example, both the Clio and the Corsa were discontinued and as replacements the Renault Kwid or the Chevrolet Onix Joy can be taken. It is true that there are technical differences between one and the other, such as positioning in each era, but by averaging different vehicles the margin of error can be reduced.

There are two moments in which the 0 km were at low levels measured in dollars. In 1975, after the “Rodrigazo”, and in the hyperinflation of 89. Comparisons with those periods are more difficult to make since there is practically no equivalence of models and the industry at that time was very different from the current one, with a domestic profile. It was only with the Mercosur automotive regime, promoted by former Minister Domingo Cavallo that a process of foreign investment began with the presence of the main automotive companies and a globalized production that allows approximate comparisons.

Beyond the anecdotal data of reaching the level in the domestic market, which is clear -as Ámbito announced a week ago- local prices, based on blue, are the lowest in the region, as a consequence of the devaluation of the peso.

On the other hand, in the 90, in times of 1 to 1, the 0 km in Argentina reached historical peaks of prices in dollars. Another year to look at is 2013. At that time, the change gap had reached 70%, which, then, was considered exceptional. These days it is around 130%, almost double. That year is important because thanks to this exchange disorder, the sales record in history was achieved with 960,000 units. Unlike today, seven years ago, this "subsidy" for the purchase of 0 km priced in pesos at the official exchange rate was recorded at a time when vehicles were offered. The situation changed in January 2014, when former Minister Axel Kicillof devalued, raised Internal Taxes and heavily restricted imports due to lack of dollars. A fact that is repeated in the present. Prices in 2013 were also attractive in blue dollars but not as attractive as now. The average value of these four models was located at US $ 6,850.

Today the situation is different. There are 0 km left on the market and the few that exist are not easy to find. They only appear if the buyer is willing to pay 30% or more of their listing value. Sellers are covered with those surcharges of the jump that the vehicle can have when they can replace it from the factory or importer.

Saturday was a hectic day in many agencies by clients seeking to close operations to take advantage of the exchange gap. Some sellers claim that they have a demand that triples their stock of products. The “dealers” are assigned a quota of units per month to which the terminals guarantee a replacement price. Above this limit, everything is left to the availability of units in inventory whose price is left to the law of supply and demand.

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