In this article we'll help you with tips and information on buying or selling a car in The Netherlands as an expat or foreigner living in The Netherlands. Feel free to get in touch with us by chat.
The RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer) is the Dutch national authority in the field of road traffic, transport and vehicle administration. All motor vehicles in the country must be registered with the RDW. Registering a vehicle with the RDW means that the owner agrees with the minimum liability insurance, paying road tax and having a valid APK (technical inspection).
The Dutch registration documents consist of two parts:
Part I (this should always be kept with you if you use public roads):
Every new vehicle of more than 750 Kg receives a registration certificate from the RDW, which remains with the car. The Ascription Certificate is transferred when the vehicle is bought or sold.
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Every vehicle, car, motorcycle or trailer weighing more than 750 Kg must be registered with the RDW. It is the owner who completes the registration (it can only be done on behalf of someone under certain circumstances). It is the buyer’s responsibility to make sure that the vehicle is registered with the RDW.
Registration takes place at an authorized RDW dealer (if the vehicle has been purchased there). To register a car or motorcycle, the new owner must be 18 years or older and be resident in the Netherlands.
The following must be demonstrated:
Proof of Identity - one of the following:
The registration papers cannot be transferred to the name of the new owner until the identity and registration details have been checked with the RDW, this can normally be done on the spot.
If the vehicle has been purchased from an authorized RDW dealer, the documents can be immediately transferred, the person must be able to identify themselves and have a Dutch driving license. The identification will be checked in the database and the registration papers can be transferred.
No problem if you only have a foreign driving license and no Dutch driving license. You can just buy your car at Bynco.com. When you place an order you can indicate that you have a foreign driving license. The only difference is that the registration must take place at RDW administration office. These locations are spread across the Netherlands. You also need an original proof of your registration in the Netherlands (BRP Exhaustion, not older than 3 months) and a valid driving license. We have already welcomed many foreign expats with their Dutch car.
You have to pay road tax (motor vehicle tax, MRB in Dutch) on each vehicle. Once the registration papers have been transferred, the name of the new owner is linked to the tax. You must pay this or every three months or annually, whatever you choose, there will be a reminder and invoice when the payment is due. Different payment methods and conditions are allowed. The rates vary depending on the vehicle, the fuel and the province where the car is registered.
Phone: 0800 0749 (free number within the Netherlands) and +31 88 156 59 75 from abroad
The transfer can take place at an RDW garage, the complete registration certificate must be present:
When the transfer is completed, the registration certificate becomes invalid and is returned to the seller with the warranty certificate.
If a vehicle is sold privately, the transfer must take place. In Dutch it's called 'overschrijven'. You can do it at the post office or online. For example at kentekenloket.nl. If the buyer does not have a Dutch passport, Dutch identity card or Dutch driving license, the registration must be placed with the RDW. It is the responsibility of the buyer to obtain the property. They must bring the following documents:
The buyer immediately receives a warranty certificate to give to the seller, the seller should also ask for the invalid tender certificate in case of future problems.
It is common for the seller not to hand over the registration certificate before he has received the warranty certificate, as this is the only evidence that the owner has changed.
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We understand that it is useful for you to agree on the price for your new car, while you can also trade-in your current car. That is why Bynco has selected partners through an intensive selection process with which the Bynco trade-in service has been set up. It is unique in the Netherlands that you receive an offer from several parties.
After you have bought your car on Bynco.com, we will have the car redeemed when your new vehicle is delivered. We bring you the new car and also pick up the trade-in car. At that time, a small inspection of the trade-in car will be made to establish that the vehicle is in the state that you have indicated. We will safeguard your car on the spot and take the vehicle with you immediately, if the condition of the car is as you have stated.
If you have found your dream car on Bynco, it is possible that you apply for financing here. For this we work together with our carefully selected partner DTC. If you choose to apply for financing, you can simply order your desired car. Through the ordering process you have the option to choose Payment through financing. Your car is reserved for one working day, so that someone else can not take off with your dream car. We will then refer you to DTC where you can request a quote without obligations. Do not worry, you are not attached to anything. Not to the financing, not to the car. Has everything been arranged with DTC? Then you can make your order final.
The road tax paid by the original owner is repaid by the RDW from the date that the vehicle has been transferred. It makes no difference whether the car was sold privately or to a garage.
If a license plate is missing on the vehicle or if a registration certificate is lost, it is the responsibility of the seller to replace it before the vehicle is transferred.
There is a fixed rate for the transfer of a registration certificate; this rate is the same for both an RDW registered garage and a post office. If you buy a new car, you pay a one-time BPM for obtaining the registration certificate (Taxes for Passenger Cars and Motorcycles), this is a tax that is due by the first person registering a car or motorcycle in the Netherlands.
More information: Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer RDW Contact page (Department of Road Transport)
Here's an article we wrote for those considering to import a car to the Netherlands.