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Car import to Germany

Find out when it is worth importing a car, what costs you have to reckon with and what to consider when importing a car.

  • Is it worth importing a car?
    • Advantage: save on EU imports
    • Disadvantages: bureaucracy & equipment
  • What does a car import cost?
  • Customs clearance of an imported vehicle
    • Customs clearance within the EU
    • Special feature: Customs clearance for EFTA countries
  • You should consider this before importing a car
  • This is how registration works in Germany
    • Requirement for registration
    • Important documents from the country of origin
    • Documents for the admissions office

Is it worth importing a car?

A car out of one EU country to import is quite makes sense. You can save money by eliminating customs duties and lower net prices.

The situation is different with vehicle imports from the United States or other Overseas countries out. They are very expensive and are only worthwhile if it is a special vehicle with a rarity value, such as the "66 Mustang". Classic cars from overseas are very expensive in Germany and even gain in value over time.

Advantage: save on EU imports

In other EU countries the taxation of a new car higher than in Germany (19 percent). Many sellers therefore offer up to 30 percent lower net price to keep the vehicle price attractive.

The advantage: If you import the car to Germany, you have to get the car not taxable in the respective country, but only in Germany.

Disadvantages: bureaucracy & equipment

In addition to the advantages, importing a car also has some disadvantages:

  • In the case of cheap EU vehicles from abroad, the equipment is often reduced to a minimum.
  • The purchase contract, liability and guarantee are in the legal system of the respective country and not in Germany. If there are problems, it is much more difficult to clarify.
  • The bureaucratic effort is very high. Think carefully about whether it is worth the time to you.

Important: Before you buy, calculate the transfer costs to make sure that you don't end up paying the same or more than you would for a purchase in Germany. In the next section you will find out what costs you have to expect.

What does a car import cost?

When you import a car, the costs depend heavily on the country, the shipping company and of course the vehicle price.

Are you importing a vehicle with a valid registration from a EU country, you can pick up the car yourself. In that case the costs are included around 100 euros very low.

At a Overpass (the transport from the seller to your place of residence) Overseas the vehicle must be brought to your home in addition to the port in the respective country and from the German / European port. The cost of this is around 400 to 2,500 euros.

In our guide "Transfer a car: this is how it works!"

With a purchase outside of the EU fall next to the Import sales tax also Customs duties at. They are calculated from the purchase price plus the freight costs.

Example calculation:

US purchase price: € 20,000

Freight costs to the German port: 900 €

Sum: € 20,900

10% duty: € 2,090

Sum: € 22,900

19% import sales tax: € 4,368.10

Total: € 27,358.10

How you can save: In countries with lower wages or high taxes, the net price of vehicles is often lower.

Customs clearance of an import vehicle

Do you buy your vehicle in one Non-EU country, you have to import it to Germany declare.

Important: If the purchase price is significantly lower than the usual market price, the German customs authorities can reduce the purchase price as Basis for the tariff calculation increase. But that just means that you have to pay more customs. The purchase price you pay the seller does not change.

Customs across the EU are:

  • 10% for passenger cars
  • 8% for motorcycles with a displacement of up to 250 ccm
  • 6% for motorcycles with a displacement over 250 ccm

In addition to the customs fees 19% import sales tax at.

If the car passes through customs successfully, you will get one Customs clearance certificate issued. You need them for them Admission of your vehicle.

Customs clearance within the EU

If you buy the vehicle in an EU country, there are no customs fees.

Special feature: Customs clearance for EFTA countries

With the EFTA states (European Free Trade Association) are the Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein meant. With the EFTA states, the EU has a so-called Preferential agreement. That means, among other things, on vehicles no customs accrues.

However, this only applies to vehicles that were produced in an EU or EFTA country. You therefore absolutely need one for the duty exemption Proof of origin from the seller.