Buying a car

Are you planning to buy a car within The Netherlands.

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There are three ways you can look for your dream car within the Netherlands.

  1. Buying a Used car
    You can search the car via (dutch online marketplace).
    The biggest concern when buying a car is the condition of the used car. There are a few factors you need to check when buying the used card.

    – License plate check
    Check the license plate at RDW for free. This gives you a detailed information of known car details such as previous owners, APK history, if the car is stolen. These reports can be checked at or Car damage can also be checked on these site but that is a paid option.

    – APK check
    Always check the date of last APK(technical inspection). If it was long time back, you can request for a new APK. Sometimes owner pay for it or he can also request you to pay for new APK. However the cost of APK is quite cheap.

    – Bouwjaar check
    Make sure to check the year of manufacture of the car. The older the car, the less money it is !!

    – Dealer or individual
    I prefer to buy from an individual instead of a dealer. Dealers usually try to add some guarantee also to convince you to buy a car for which you have to pay a little extra. In my opinion, the cars from dealers usually asks some investments later after a period of 6 months or so.
    I usually prefer to buy from an individual owner from Maarktplaats. You can then negotiate well over the price. Go for a test drive before buying a car and ask as many questions as possible.

    – Big cities or far off places
    As per my experience, the sellers near and around big cities such as Amsterdam are not that trustworthy for the condition of the car. I usually prefer to go to far off villages usually near the Netherlands border to test drive and pick a car.

    – Young or Older owners
    I prefer to buy the cars from the owners who are of the age range between 40s to 50s. That’s specific to my preference.
  2. Buying a new car
    Considering to buy a new car, think of BPM tax. The first owner of the new car must pay the BPM tax (Bijzondere Verbruiksbelasting van Personenauto’s) to register the vehicle in their name. You can find more information of BPM tax here.
  3. Lease a Car
    Having a car on lease is also an option. The car is in your name but is owned by the leasing company. You take a subscription and pay per month. The subscription is based on the duration and number of kilometres. This option is mostly used by companies to offer car as a service to employers but you can also opt for it yourself if you want.

Buying a car : 7 things to do

Aha, you got a driving license and planning to buy a car? Here are our top 7 things to do or check while planning to buy a car in the Netherlands. Before that if you want to have a look at our post on the different ways to buy a car in the Netherlands, have a look here.

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So lets have a look on the important things to know when buying a car.

  1. A driving License
    To be able to drive within Netherlands, you need to have a correct EU/EFTA driving license. You can have a look at our blog on how to apply the driving license. How to buy the car? You can follow our blog here.
  2. Register with RDW
    Found your car, its not officially yours until you get the car registered at RDW. Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer(RDW) is the national authority for vehicles and transport. They deal with the road tax and liability insurance.Read our blog on how to register.
  3. Road Tax
    If you live in Netherlands and owns a vehicle, you will have to motor vehicle tax (motorrijtuigenbelasting, MRB). You pay the vehicle tax by direct debit for each period of 3 months.You may authorize the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration to debit the motor vehicle tax on a monthly basis. You can see the tax rate here(in dutch). Some cars such as fully electric are exempted from paying MRB.
  4. Apply for a car Insurance
    There are usually three types of car insurance – Third Party Liability, Third Party Liability + Limited cover, Third Party Liability + comprehensive cover. You can compare the insurance on for details.
  5. APK Test
    APK is also known as periodic technical inspection. This is a mandatory inspection in Europe to promote road safety and protect the environment. RDW will send you a reminder 6 weeks before the expiry of the current APK. Read our blog for more detailed information.
  6. Parking Permit
    Do you live in or moving the an area where parking is paid. Then you will need a parking permit. Some neighborhood have a free parking area while some requires a parking permit. There can also be a waiting list for the parking permit for some areas. Read our blog on how to apply for a parking permit.
  7. ANWB Subscription
    It is not mandatory however we recommend to take an ANWB subscription just in case your car broke in the middle of the highway. ANWB provides you the best roadside assistance not only within the Netherlands but outside as well. There are different packages to choose from costs you max Eur 20 per month depending on the package you choose.