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Car registration help!

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Car registration help!

Post Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:42 pm

Hello

I need some advice or direction, recently purchased a Bulgarian registered car in the UK from a Bulgarian resident living in the UK.
The sale of the car I believe was conducted correctly, and I have a proof of purchase, along with the part II of the vehicle registration document.
The previous owner informed me he has sent the registration documents back to Bulgaria in order to have the ownership changed to my name and address.
Three months have past and I have yet to receive the new registration document, and the guy is no longer replying to my calls. Can anyone tell me how to obtain the vehicle registration document without being in Bulgaria?

thanks

simon

 

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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:04 pm

do you want the car registered on bulgarian plates or uk ?
For use in uk , bulgaria or both ?

 

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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:32 pm

Hi,

The car is left hand drive and I was assured that transferring back to UK registration would be easy(with documents it is). At the moment I can not prove I own the vehicle so the transfer of registration would need to be in Bulgaria. When I can prove I own it then transfer back to UK registration but without the Bulgarian documents in my name I am in limbo. The previous owner said the documents had been supplied to the authorities in Bulgaria but since then has not been contactable. Any ideas how I check or get replacement papers?

 

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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:45 am

My partner is Bulgarian, She says when a car changes ownership the new owner goes to the
municipal office to register ownership. The vehicle is then reregistered new number and documents. This also applies to all Bulgarians not just English.
If the car is on English plates and you want to register on Bulgarian plates it takes an hour.
To change ownership of Bulgarian registered car it can take up to a week.
You must go in person , it cannot be done postal as far as I can understand.
I hope this information is of help to you.
Regards Charlie

 

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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 2:02 am

To transfer the ownership of a Bulgarian registered car the buyer and seller visit a notary in Bulgaria and sign document in front of the notary, after both have proved their identity and that all taxes are paid on the vehicle. The seller then takes a copy of the transfer document to the local council and shows they are no longer responsible for the car. The buyer has 2 weeks to go to KAT (the highways department/DVLA equivalent) and get new car documents in his name and also if moving the car to a different district, new registration plates.

So Charlie is right in what he says in that ownership cannot be transferred by post. However would question that it only takes an hour to change to BG plates from English plates. It takes much longer - filling in forms, having car pass a check, paying taxes, insurance, going back and forth from office to office, waiting out numerous breaks for staff.....put aside at least half a day.


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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 11:19 pm

So true, JA man, spot on! Dealing with govt. depts is at least half a day, traipsing back & forth. To avoid frustration allow a whole day and consider it a bonus if you get away with half a day.

There may be four staff but like pommie road gangs 3 will be leaning on their tongues and the other dealing with someone and when that transaction ends they will shove off for a fag or coffee and watch for locals who do not think queueing applies to them. Quite happy to push in front.

I love my life in BG as long as I stay in my village. Dealing with rude and ignorant folk is one of the penalties for our life here and if you cannot chill out, lean back horizontally and accept, as the French say, Viva La Difference, you will be so stressed you will want to go back to the Tesco Customer service, every little helps!

If you can adapt and not get wound up life is good!

 

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Re: Car registration help!

Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:22 am

- travelbug

To transfer the ownership of a Bulgarian registered car the buyer and seller visit a notary in Bulgaria and sign document in front of the notary, after both have proved their identity and that all taxes are paid on the vehicle. The seller then takes a copy of the transfer document to the local council and shows they are no longer responsible for the car. The buyer has 2 weeks to go to KAT (the highways department/DVLA equivalent) and get new car documents in his name and also if moving the car to a different district, new registration plates.

So Charlie is right in what he says in that ownership cannot be transferred by post. However would question that it only takes an hour to change to BG plates from English plates. It takes much longer - filling in forms, having car pass a check, paying taxes, insurance, going back and forth from office to office, waiting out numerous breaks for staff.....put aside at least half a day.




I wonder if you may be able to help me with a problem i am having.?
i bought a house recently in bulgaria and with the house i negociated a car , the estae agent i used asked for power of attorney over the car untill i was able to become the owner of the car, the estate agent said i needed to have long term residency id card before i could become the owner.
the car is insured in the previous owners name.

now am i insured to drive the car whilst in bulgaria as it has insurance till next march,
i have been to the notary and paid just under 50lv for something to do with the car but the estate agent did not tell me what i was paying for .

 

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