Car buying cheaper in Germany: What should you look for?

Buying a car in Germany is usually a lot cheaper than in the Netherlands. This is especially true at a used car but also new cars are often cheaper. More people also import a car from Germany, as the cost net of duties and BPM are much lower than buying the same car here. What to look at, if you import a car from Germany and how do you calculate when and if you're out cheaper in that case? People nowadays often import new and used cars from Germany. That's cheaper than buying a car here; at least if you do it right. Sometimes people find it a challenge to have a car to nab abroad, which is here impossible or very difficult to obtain in the Netherlands. If you want to buy a car in Germany is good to take into account a number of things and to know how to calculate the purchase will cost you and from which you purchase are cheaper in Germany.

Where should you look for when you buy a car in Germany: Checklist

  • Calculate the price of the car, taking account of BPM and VAT
  • Compare the price with what you get here in the Netherlands would pay for a similar car
  • Let insure the car when you want to drive himself from Germany to the Netherlands
  • Let approve the first vehicle by RDW and drive no more than 14 days in the Netherlands around with a foreign license plate, before applying for a Dutch registration

What do you have to pay fees when you purchase a car in Germany?

When you buy a car abroad, there are various taxes payable:
  • BPM Tax: This type of tax you have to pay before you actually register the car and before you can legally drive around with it in the Netherlands. This tax must be calculated on the net list price of the car. In other words: The tax is calculated on the purchase price and not the selling price of the car in question.
  • Tax or VAT

Taxes are only due when buying a car outside the EU and you do when you import a car from Germany so do not pay.

How to pay the BPM and VAT?

The tax is paid either by the importer or by yourself if you own buys a car abroad. If you have to pay the tax, you have to do independent reporting and requires a declaration BPM applications to the tax authorities.
Only after the tax has been paid, put the car license plate and it should happen as soon as possible after purchase. You are not allowed in the Netherlands on the road before you have paid the BPM and driving around with a valid registration certificate. The car must, when it is used, are first inspected by the RDW before you can officially accept the way there.

How can you calculate the BPM for the vehicle?

Step 1: Establish net list price
As mentioned, BPM is levied on the list price of the car, net of tax. What you are left with is the net list price, this you have to calculate the BPM. Also accessories and extras BPM payers and must therefore be added to the total value of the car. When a used car you need or a watchlist or you have to calculate depreciation to arrive at an estimate of what the car is worth now. A third possibility is the fixed scale of the Treasury, where you can search the required data.
Step 2: Determine the BPM of the net list price
Look at the examples on the Inland Revenue's website or use the calculator on the website of the VWE to calculate in a simple and clear way on the net catalog value due BPM.
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I recently heard that careful in Germany with 2nd hand cars and the mileage. In Germany they have in fact no mandatory "car pass" when history to be found. Reversing ht km's is a breeze and the private hardly not be ascertained till. So beware!