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How to import a car from Germany?


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Importing a car from Germany. For many Dutch people, it's the country of choice to find a car and subsequently import it. We're happy to inform you about what to consider when buying and importing a car from Germany. We've also listed the six key advantages for you.

Benefits of importing a car from Germany

  • Germany has the largest car market in Europe, which directly results in the highest availability of cars.
  • A large supply often has a favorable effect on the purchase price for the buyer. Therefore, the purchase price in Germany is often more cost-effective than in the Netherlands.
  • Germany is relatively close to the Netherlands for Dutch buyers. This keeps transport costs limited when using a trailer. If you prefer to pick up the car yourself, obtaining a German export license plate is relatively straightforward.
  • German cars are generally well-equipped and in excellent condition.
  • The German MOT (TÜV) can be transferred to the Netherlands. This means you don't need a new MOT in the Netherlands.
  • If you purchase a car from a dealership (with a lift), it's possible to have a pre-purchase inspection done through DEKRA or TÜV.

How to import a car from Germany?

Looking for a car in Germany? We recommend that you start your search using car search engines. For example, Mobile.de and Autoscout24.de are commonly used. If you've found a car in Germany that you're interested in, it's wise to calculate whether it's indeed cost-effective to proceed with the import. So, make sure to consider transportation costs, the remaining BPM (Dutch vehicle tax) amount to be paid, and inspection costs, at the very least.

Want to learn more about importing from Germany? Feel free to contact us for a no-obligation consultation via import@vdsautomotive.com or through the contact form.