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Importing a car – Here’s how to do it

Are you thinking of having a car imported from Germany to the Netherlands? In this article we will tell you exactly what to think about, why it is interesting, and of course what the stumbling blocks are.

Why import a car from Germany?

Before we get into the process for importing a car from Germany to the Netherlands, let’s look at what the advantages are. After all, importing a car is not that simple, so it is important that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

The main reason for importing a car is cost savings. Occasions in Germany are a lot cheaper, even including import costs. That way, you have a young used car for an attractive price, with few kilometres. Another reason is driving comfort, as German cars are generally more luxurious and come with more equipment.

How does it work?

The first step, of course, is picking out a car, which is best done at a professional dealership of well-known brands such as Audi, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and more. These companies have to adhere to strict regulations, making it much safer than buying a car from a private individual.

Once you have found a car and a deal is done, the real work begins. The car must now be imported to the Netherlands, with the German car having to be insured during transport. All import cars will then have to be inspected by the RDW on arrival in our country. A time-consuming activity.

After this, the BPM has to be arranged and a report will have to be drawn up and submitted to the tax authorities, as well as paying the residual BPM. Once this is all arranged and in order, the car will be able to be registered and is ready for use.

Why choose a professional import company?

Bringing a German car to the Netherlands can be done in two ways. Importing the car yourself or importing a car via a professional company. By opting for the latter option, you can be sure that everything will be done correctly and the associated paperwork will be completely done for you. This is also the quickest option, since inspections for the RDW at professional companies usually take place on their own premises.

Other things these experts will take care of for you are: arranging the RDW fees, registration, drawing up a BPM declaration report and, of course, installing the number plates. In addition, an import company can also help you with car insurance (which is generally cheaper), negotiate the price during the purchase process, arrange insured transport from Germany to the Netherlands, and clean the car.

An added bonus is that the better professional import companies offer nice extras to fully customise your car to your needs. Think about tinted windows, fitting an alarm system or wrapping the car so that you can give it any colour you want. All that is left for you to do is to enjoy using your car.