I'm looking to purchase a car in the Netherlands next month and import to IE.
Has anybody done this and how is the transfer of ownership handled?
I assume the seller has a registration document that is either handed tothe buyer with the car, or the seller sends the document to a government dept in NL who will forward it to the buyer in IE after processing?
Are there any pitfalls?
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I've spoken to transport companies and a dealer in NL and it is very straightforward. More so than the UK.
Complete registration documents are handed over with the car.
any advantage of doing this?
dont need to pay vrt?
VRT would no matter where the car has comes from on the earth. VAT wouldn't need to be paid once car was 6 months old or less than 6000km on clock. Problem is bulk of cars in Netherlands are left hand drive, additionally they have a penal tax system like VRT so bargains are likely to be few and far between.
Perhaps their classic cars are where the bargains are.
It is a classic that I am importing so a fixed-low VRT.
Only reason to go to EU is to avoid the VAT applied if you import from UK post-brexit. Also NL & DE have a very large selection of used and well maintained Porsche/BMW/Merc. They take their service history very seriously - more so than UK or IE.
Car will be LHD but I'm ok with that.
I use Mobile.de for Germany. Any sites worth a look for NL?
U need to make sure the car has APK in NL or they wont let you export it. You also need to apply for temporary plates if you export it.
I remember Top Gear back in the 90s talking about how you could order new RHD cars in the Netherlands and bring them in with massive discounts relative to the UK.
I take it this option has been long closed off by manufacturers?