An urge to buy a new car often strikes in the spring. The consumer may direct his gaze abroad on the basis of a specific model, price or selection and purchasing car abroad has its own knacks. Car purchase from abroad requires accuracy, a good dose of courage and finding out about things beforehand. The European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) has published advice and country-specific lists which you should acquaint yourself with before rushing to get your promising car find abroad.
To what matters should I pay attention to when purchasing a car and signing a contract? What documents do I need, how should I pay for my purchase? How to minimize problems related to faults with the car? To which country is VAT paid, does the car have a warranty, do I need insurance or transfer plates on the journey home? Is the inspection done in seller's home country enough in my country? To whom do I make reclamation if there is a need, for example regarding the registration process?
The 29 members of European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net), coordinated by ECC France, produced an extensive report, which will focus on these questions before buying a car, at the moment of purchase as well as after that. In addition to the report in English, there is a short summary available on our website as well as country-specific tips regarding purchasing and registering a car. We hope that these will be useful when you consider purchasing a car in the EU!
Please note that regarding the issues related to Finnish car taxation, inspection and registration the information providers are Finnish customs, inspection offices and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency TRAFI.
Country-specific information about buying and registering cars in Europe
Summary (0,5 MB): Cross-border car purchases - What to look out of when you’re bargain hunting. ECC-Net Joint Project 2015.
Report (16 MB): Cross-border car purchases - What to look out of when you’re bargain hunting. ECC-Net Joint Project 2015.
Buying a car abroad, general information on our website.