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Car Buying Advice

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Car Buying Advice

Post Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:41 pm

Hi - new to this forum.

I am being posted to Rotterdam, from UK for 3 years.

I have the option of either :
1. Getting a company car.
2. Getting a car allowance and buying one (Which I prefer financially)

Some questions if anyone can help :

- Is it simple (ish) to buy a car, tax , insurance. I heard rumour that this process can take along time. I will need to purchase ASAP when I arrive as I need a car to get to work !! I would probably purchase second hand 1-2 years old, but maybe new.

- Any benefits in buying LHD in UK and importing ?

Hope soemone can help.




Rich Marks


Re: Car Buying Advice

Post Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:56 pm

I'm not sure if this is a lot of use but, it may be cheaper for you to let your company buy it for you. I'm not sure of the costs you will incur if you do it yourself but cars in Holland are EXPENSIVE to buy, even 2nd hand.
I imported my car, which was a relatively quick and painless process. It costs a few quid to do, but if your car passes the Dutch MOT, you won't have to pay much, a few hundred Euros.
So you could import one, but if you do make sure YOU have owned it in the UK for at least 6 months before bringing it here. You could always buy one there, leave it for 6 months or so, then drag it over. I think the car has to be over a certain age but am not sure. The older it is, the cheaper it is to import.
Whatever you do, don't buy a diesel and import it. That was my mistake. It's now going to cost me about £700 a year to pay for the road tax. Yes, £700! And I can't sell it for 12 months (assuming there's someone else stupid enough to want to buy it.)
However if you are going to use the car a lot, diesel could be good as I understand it's a bit more than half the pric of petrol. Sadly, I will probably hardly ever use mine, not that I'm bitter...


Mick Davidson (Technical Author/Editor)\r\n


Re: Car Buying Advice

Post Posted: Thu May 04, 2006 2:26 pm

Hey Mark

I'm from Australia and have in the past two weeks gone through the process of buying a car for the first time in Holland. My situation is a little differnent to yours (car is for private not business use, my boyfriend is dutch so knows how to work the insurance situation etc) but here are a couple of things that should be relevant to you too.

- The bigger (both physical size and motor size count I think) the car the more on road taxes you pay each year.
- Mick is right cars in the Netherlands are riduculously expensive in fact compared to australia they're almost 1/3-1/2 more expensive to buy, both new and second hand. I think you're best bet is to buy a secondhand car maybe 2-3 years old...if you buy from a good dealer you'll usually get at least 12months warranty...if not then you should ask for it.
- The word for secondhand cars in Dutch is Ocassions or Tweedehand
- Dont be affraid to make the dealer an offer on both new or secondhand cars...this is perfrectly normal practice in Australia...and I tried my luck here and got an extra 700 euros off the price of the car
- Insurance didn't seem to difficult for my boyfriend to organise...again i stress that he is Dutch and that is a huge adavantage when dealing with anythign to do with large insitiutions like banks, insurance and government. He just made one phone call to his bank (Rabobank) and they sorted everything out for him. make sure you have letters and statements from your previous insurers to state your no claim status...ti will save you 100's....unless of course you have a bad record!
- Check with your company if they can recommend an accountant for might be worth paying 100 euros for an hours advice over the phone to get an understanding of whats best for your situation and also how you can take advantage of all the little tax benefits that seem to exist here in Holland...believe me its a big confusing mess but there are some great benefits to be had if have a good accountant
- Here are a couple of the websites that we used to find our car (we ended up buying an Opel Astra) of course they're all in Dutch so try this free langauge translator for the more difficult words www.
If you need to find the location of the car you're looking at then use this website

Well hope this has been useful...let me know how you go I'm curious how it works out for you.


Renee \r\nSittard


Re: Car Buying Advice

Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2006 7:53 pm

Thanks alot for the good advice. I'll proabbly bu a 2nd hand one. I'll let you knwo how I get on ..



Rich Marks


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