Car buying abroad: Is it really cheaper?

Buying a car abroad is usually a lot cheaper than in the Netherlands. Especially when it comes to used cars. More people than import a car from Belgium or Germany, as the cost after deduction of input tax and BPM are still lower than if you would buy the same car here. What exactly should you pay taxes if you import a car and how do you know when and if you are indeed out cheaper? How to import a car? There are several reasons to buy a car abroad. First, it is generally less expensive and secondly you abroad might make your fortune when it comes to a car, which is here not to get in the Netherlands. In either case, naturally you want to know what it will cost you.

What should you pay when you buy a car abroad?

When importing a car there are different types of tax due:
  • Taxation of passenger cars and motorcycles: The tax you have to pay before you register the car and before you can ride along in the Netherlands. This tax you have to calculate the catalog value of the car.
  • VAT
  • Import duties

Who takes care of paying these costs?

The tax payable by either itself or you can be paid by an importer. If you arrange through a dealer buy a new car from abroad that the additional obligations and you only need to pay the final price. This includes the BPM and VAT tax already deducted.
When you buy a new or second-hand car abroad, you yourself must make a declaration to the tax authorities. Basically, the car should be as soon as possible on Dutch license and therefore should be put first all taxes have been paid.
Only after the BPM tax is paid, the car license plate is registered by the RDW. You must do this whether this should be done before you start the car in the Netherlands driving. Otherwise you offense. Also note that in order to be able to put the car on the vehicle must undergo a test license by the RDW for you to officially accept the road allowed.

How do you calculate the BPM tax, you have to pay?

Determining the net list price of the vehicle
The BPM tax you have to calculate the list price of the car. Here you first pull from the VAT. There remains a net list price about. You should not rely on the consumer from a price list; it comes to the amount after the turnover of this is drawn off. Additional products are also accomplices and BPM in the same way as the vehicle itself.
With a new car list price applies from the moment that the car actually gets a Dutch license.
In a second car, however, applies the list price of the date on which the vehicle was first taken into use abroad. To figure out what the car is worth, you need in this case whether a valuation or you can calculate the depreciation. Therefore you either need a price list from a dealer or use the data from the so-called fixed scale of the tax authorities. Based on these three methods you are free to choose the most economical and convenient for you.
Determining the actual BPM tax
The easiest way you can do so, use the examples on the website of the Tax Administration or the calculator on the website of the VWE. The calculation is in fact not easy when you have to carry it myself and these tools have made it easy to calculate the BPM.

What you should definitely pay attention: A final checklist

  • Make sure you know what the car will cost you including BPM, VAT and any import duties; this applies to both new and used cars
  • Note that you will extinguish the net list price of the car
  • Compare the total cost, taking into account the load, with what you would pay here in the Netherlands for the same car and base your choice here.
  • Leave the car at least insure when you ride him to the Netherlands from abroad
  • Let approve the car by the RDW
  • Do not go longer than permitted in the Netherlands driving with a foreign license plate
  • Make sure you check whether the dealer has fulfilled all duties and ensures that you yourself have done declaration
  • Make sure you are in possession of a Dutch vehicle registration
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