Are you planning to purchase a new or used vehicle from a foreign country to the Netherlands or to where you are from? That’s a lot of paperwork. However, if you have the idea how importing used or new vehicles from another country won’t be as tough as you think.

Vehicles that were bought from other countries cannot be driven by foreign-plate. And if you are to use a foreign-manufactured vehicle (new or secondhand vehicle) you must comply with your country’s requirements.

If you are new to this, here are a few tips when importing new or used vehicles from a foreign country:

1: Know your responsibilities before buying cars abroad

When purchasing a vehicle abroad (a new or used car), you need to know your responsibilities as a car owner. 
You need to ensure that the vehicle you are planning to purchase and import from abroad must be from a reliable vendor. If you have a friend abroad who can test drive the vehicle, it will make the transaction secured.
Also, learn about the taxation, registration, and inspection requirements for both countries (from where it was bought and where it will be delivered). If you are planning to bring the car to the Netherlands, you need to get details of car purchases abroad at the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.

2: Check the car’s documentation carefully

If you are provided with documentation, make sure to read it carefully before agreeing with the terms. Get the Chassis Number or the Vehicle Identification Number and check the manufacturing details and other data attached to the car by using a VIN lookup or Chassis number checker, like from this website Chassischeck.nl.
The VIN or chassis number is attached to one vehicle. All data, including the manufacture details, service records (remodeling, changing parts, and overhaul services), the current owner, and more are attached to one VIN and one vehicle. Also, you can determine whether there are irregularities with the vehicle’s data – common results of fraud or VIN cloning. So, make sure to read the documentation carefully.

3: Insist clear contract with its original sales copy and registration certificate

Remember you are purchasing a vehicle abroad. It is wise to ask for a clear contract with an original sales copy and registration certificate. The contract must include the following details:

  • The name and contact information of the two parties (seller and the buyer).
  • The information about the vehicle including its chassis number or VIN.
  • The terms of payment.
  • The price of the vehicle.
  • The time of delivery.
  • Accessories, if there are any.

If possible, never consider paying in full. There are several cases of fraud involving the selling of vehicles. If anything, make sure to make terms of payment.

4: Check the warranty

Make sure to ask for a warranty and check its coverage, including geographical. Since you are purchasing a vehicle abroad, ask where and how the seller will cover the repair expenses if there are any.
Lastly, make sure that you are guaranteed with return purchase if the vehicle is defective. Know your rights as a consumer, even if you have bought the vehicle abroad.

Tips on Purchasing New or Used Vehicles from a Foreign Country