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importing a car from germany

Posted by loulou22 - Created: 14 years ago
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I live in France but would like to buy a secondhand car i have seen which is in Germany. We registered our British car (also old!) with no problems however i have heard you need to be the owner of the vehicle for six months before you can re-register it in France...is this essential? Also, I was wondering if that requirement was connected to customs tax...the car is only cheap and a bargain so i wouldn't have thought the tax would be that much...is it possible to get round the six month rule by paying the tax?

Would be most grateful for any advice.


Best Regards



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Posted by TonyP-191937 - 14 years ago

The note in AngloInfo implies that you have to have owned the car for 6 months, but this is no longer true for EU cars.  You can go to Belgium or Germany and buy a second-hand car there and then bring it here the next day and register it without paying any French taxes (other than the carte grise).  If you buy it from a dealer or a company you pay them whatever VAT is due (this is normally included in the purchase price).

In Belgium you can get a temporary plate for about 30E that lets you drive it to France and register it here (plates belong to a person, not a car) I think in Germany there is something similar.

Once the car is registered here, you can sell it on the next day.


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Posted by mike-179830 - 14 years ago