Cross-border car purchase and registration
Buying a car in another EU Member State: a good deal? Your European Consumer Centre (ECC) can help you answering the right questions.
Update : Apr 2019
Looking for the real gem, competitive/attractive prices or just a wider choice, many EU consumers decide to go car bargain hunting in another EU Member State. What at first sight seems a simple transaction may quickly turn into an obstacle course: which documents are needed? Where to pay VAT? Is the car covered by a guarantee? Do I need insurance or transit plates for the way back? Is the foreign vehicle inspection recognized in my country? What to do in case of a complaint against the foreign seller or difficulties with the registration procedure?
To provide you with complete and transparent information, the whole ECC-Net realised an extensive study in 2015, analyzing obstacles consumers may encounter when buying a car cross-border. Practical advice guides through the process from buying a car in another EU Member State or Norway to the registration in the consumer’s residence country.
To answer all these and more questions and to facilitate the cross-border car purchase, the ECC-Net provide following documents:
- Fact sheets for both country of purchase and country of registration regrouping in one place the main information consumers need (see below on the map);
- General practical recommendations for consumers;
- A video giving one example of a cross-border car purchase;
- An extensive report about cross-border car purchase and registration in the EU and Norway, and its summary;
- A press release.
Fact sheets regarding country of purchase and country of registration
Please click on the country to get more information.