With the high percentage of used vehicles, many more than 16 years old, Bosnia-Herzegovina may now qualify as Europe’s dumping ground for cars, a recent poll showed. Some 72 percent of private vehicles are older than 16 years, with a half of that figure representing vehicles produced 16 to 20 years ago, the poll conducted by the Centre for Marketing Research of the Bosnian branch of the Growth for Knowledge (GfK) company showed. There are some 650,000 private passenger cars in the country.
The research by GfK, one of the leading market research companies in the world, showed that only some four percent of vehicles owned by Bosnia-Herzegovina’s citizens are less than five years old.
Every fourth privately owned car in Bosnia is Volkswagen (VW) Golf, mostly of the older generation Golf II model, the production of which ceased in 1992.
The GfK’s poll also showed that VW cars are the most popular vehicles, making up 46 per cent of all private cars in the country. The next on the list is Opel, making up some 13 percent of the total, followed by Audi and Ford with 10 per cent each.
The results of the poll fit with the low standard of living for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s citizens, according to experts, and such trends would probably continue for some time in the future. The poll also showed that men make up 84 percent of drivers in Bosnia-Herzegovina.