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Costs of importing a car: Delving into base prices for different scenarios


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Congratulations on your decision to import a car! If you are currently exploring the costs associated with importing a car, you are in the right place. We have compiled all the essential information for you, whether you are considering importing a car from a popular EU country, the US, Canada, Japan, or even as part of your relocation. Below, you will find a detailed overview of the expected (base) costs per scenario.

Import from a Popular EU Country

For many, importing a car from countries like Germany or Belgium is appealing due to the wide range of options and favorable prices. The base price includes the cost of the car, VAT, and transportation costs to the Netherlands.

Import from the US / Canada

Importing a car from the US or Canada can be cost-effective, but it comes with additional expenses. Consider sea freight costs, import duties, VAT, and the so-called 'type approval inspection.' This inspection is crucial for registering the car in the Netherlands and can vary depending on the make and model. Consider potential adjustments to the car to comply with Dutch vehicle standards, such as modifying headlights, speedometers, and other specifications.

Import from Japan

Japanese cars are renowned for their reliability and innovative technology.

When importing from Japan, factor in shipping costs, import duties, VAT, and possible modifications to meet European standards.

Import as Personal Belongings from Non-EU and EU Countries

Moving to the Netherlands and bringing your car along? It's possible, but specific rules and costs are associated with importing a car as personal belongings. Consider import duties, VAT, and the qualifications for it to be recognized as personal belongings.

In conclusion, the costs of importing a car vary significantly depending on the country of origin and your personal situation. It's always wise to consult with a professional and verify the specific regulations. Now that you have an overview of the base prices per scenario, you are well on your way to bringing your dream car to the Netherlands!

Need more information? Feel free to contact us for advice at import@vdsautomotive.com or by using the contact form.