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There are brands that have special programs for foreigners: Mazda (Foreign Resident Program) All European brands (VW, BMW, Mercedes, Audi) There are dealerships that might have specific programs allowing foreigners to lease (I know about some Ford dealerships). There are special companies that can help foreign nationals get a car lease Expatride ...


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From verkehrsportal.de/: § 20 Abs. 1 Satz 1 FZV: In einem anderen Mitgliedstaat der Europäischen Union oder einem anderen Vertragsstaat des Abkommens über den Europäischen Wirtschaftsraum zugelassene Fahrzeuge dürfen vorübergehend am Verkehr im Inland teilnehmen, wenn für sie von einer zuständigen Stelle des anderen Mitgliedstaates oder des ...


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To show you have obligatory car insurance all you need to is the green card and a european accident form. So if you are able to find a insurer willing to issue you such a green card you are set to go. Having said that, I doubt such a company exists. When I moved country I remained insured with my previous travel insurance. Years later they fully reimbursed ...


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I know that at least Sixt allows you to rent a car from Finland and drive it in other Nordic countries, including Norway, but you have to let them know about your plan to drive it abroad before you rent. You also have to be at least 21 years old to rent a van type car. They also allow you to just take it one way, but the cost for that is pretty steep (~...


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I tried this, failed, pissed off a border guard, and wasted a not insignificant amount of money cleaning up the mess, so I recommend you act very carefully to make sure all the relevant pieces are in place before you attempt to import a vehicle. Would the emissions test the dealerships perform be sufficient? Does Customs/Border Patrol require anything ...


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My experience in Germany was different then @Dirty-flow answer: I lived in Germany for about 1 year and I drove a car registered in Romania, with Romanian plates and Romanian insurance and green card. As I knew I can drive up to 6 months, I went to the local Police to ask about my legal options to drive the car, and they told me I do not have to register ...


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There isn't really a market for European LHD cars in the UK (there is however a niche market for American cars though). I assume you'll have a basic European, and EU registered LHD car (otherwise some of the following might not apply to you). Most dealerships won't buy your car, as they won't be able to resell it: They need to properly import it. This ...


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As Scott Earle says it's highly situational whether you need to drive or not. However, I must disagree with the rest of his answer. You do not need a driver's license for ID or proof of age, the DMV also issues an equivalent (and almost identical) document that serves all secondary purposes of a driver's license but does not allow you to drive. These are ...


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Your Italian licence is valid to drive in the UK until it expires. You can exchange it at any time for a UK licence, but this is not obligatory. You can see this at https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence/y/yes/car-or-motorcycle/european-union. In order to drive in the UK, you will need to pay VED (Vehicle Excise Duty or "car tax") and ensure ...


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To buy a UK car in the United Kingdom you need: A valid UK address. This is so both the DVLA and the Insurance company you chose will know where you live. This should be permanent, as any time you move you have to update this record with both of them. Money. To buy the car, vehicle tax and insurance. Valid driving licence. Otherwise you won't be able to ...


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The form @Nostradamnit refers to is called the European Accident Statement. You can download it in various languages from this site, and usually you can also ask for a copy from your insurance company. It is worth having at least one copy in your car all the time. The cover page (rotated 90 degrees, so it might be a bit hard to read) contains all of the ...


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I’m a retired California attorney. While I practiced, I represented several private vehicle importers. While my knowledge isn’t current, the little research I did to prepare this answer shows the current situation is generally unchanged since I was active. Here are a few comments. A resident of Canada may drive a Canadian car across the border and keep it ...


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I found a brochure with what to do in this cases issued by the ADAC. I will try to summarise the answers to your questions: Should you call the police: Bei Verletzten, hohem Sachschaden, fehlender Einigung, wenn der Unfallgegner sich unerlaubt von der Unfallstelle entfernt hat oder ein Fahrzeug mit Kennzeichen außerhalb der EU ohne Versicherungsnachweis (...


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We've recently used a 'man with a van' to move some of my fiancée's belongings from Finland to the UK. We found him on a Facebook group for FI-GB expats who were recommending him to other members. It cost around €300, which is about a quarter of the cost we expected to pay if we'd have gone with either the quotes we'd had from 'official' moving companies, ...


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Communication between countries are not really good, so yes, if you register your car anywhere, you have to tell your old country to remove their car from their registry. Otherwise you'd have to pay the taxes and insurance in both countries, which you probably don't want to do, right? But this would also mean it is entirelly possible to have a car ...


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Sorry: since you've owned your car for less than year, it cannot be imported to Australia. Even if the car was more than a year old, while importing might be possible in theory, it is highly unlikely to make any sense financially or otherwise. You will need to pay shipping (>$1000), all sorts of handling, inspection, quarantine and customs fees (easily >$...


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The first problem after buying the car in the UK is that you probably need to register it with the Spanish authorities that you're the new legal owner. I'm not sure how complex that is in Spain (for example in Hungary you have to appear in person with the car at one of the test centres, so buying a Hungarian car outside of Hungary is basically impossible), ...


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If you want to buy and use a car in the EU (including UK) you have to tax it locally and also have proper insurance for it. You will only be able to tax and insure it if you are resident in that particular country. While it is possible to move to the UK as a resident, getting an address, buy a car, insure it, then drive around in the EU, and sell it at the ...


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When you say "in the US", the answer will vary considerably depending on exactly where you will be. The US is a huge country, comparable in size to Europe. If you are living in downtown Manhattan, you would be crazy to buy a car. If you live in rural Kentucky you would not be able to do much without one. However, a driving licence is more than the ability ...


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In the US, not so easy to find except for sports cars or very low end. You will not find a US high or middle market sedan or SUV with a manual transmission. Having said that, American, Japanese and Korean automatic transmissions work very well and are completely safe.


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In France, it is possible for tourists to lease a "transit temporaire" vehicle. This is a scheme whereby a new car for use by non-residents can be registered tax free, and is then rented to for a temporary period, deferring the taxes. At the end of the period, the manufacturer gets the car back, and pays the taxes on the (now depreciated) vehicle. Due to the ...


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If you're intent on staying in the UK long-term, I would recommend taking out the UK licence regardless of any UK licences you might already have. While you can use your Italian licence as much as you like, until it expires (provided it's one of the new card EU licences, as opposed to any old form you country might have used before), some things are more ...


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Your friend would, in any case, need a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for the vehicle he is purchasing. This is available for every new vehicle sold in the EU since around 1996 and states that the car can be registered in any EU state which drives on the right and uses metric units for the speedometer, without any need for technical modifications. In the ...


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I had exactly this issue in Canada, being posted here for 9 months. I'll have to answer for Canada, but I think the situations will be similar. One year leases are possible, but dealers don't like them. Someone will probably do one, but you will pay more for it than proportionately for a 2-year. Renting long term from a car rental is also possible, but is ...


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If you are a foreign national who does not live in the Mercosul area (which is your case) and you are going to stay temporarily in Brazil, you can bring your car. But you will have to declare it to the Brazilian Revenue Service under the "special regime for temporary admission". This means that you are declaring to the Brazilian government that your car is ...


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Owners Don't Necessarily Keep As you have discovered, the car owner is not necessarily the registered car keeper. Indeed, quoting from the linked police FAQ page: A registration document (V5) is not proof of ownership. The registered keeper should be the person who is actually using / keeping the vehicle and this is not necessarily the owner of the ...


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I am living in Liechtenstein, but the country shares the same customs law of Switzerland (Customs union). I moved here with my car, and I register at the custom as a moving item, so I paid no tax on importation. I changed my matriculation plate for a temporary one, and I am allowed to use it. But moving a car here it can be tricky; I had to bring special ...


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I asked the dealer in Italy the other day, who contacted the agency through which they do the registrations. Turns out EE plates have been abolished some time ago. Therefore the only options are: If the car is still registered in the previous owner's name, drive it across the border with that registration and re-register it upon arrival. Some owners may be ...


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I haven't read/seen a source for this yet, but a lawyer friend of a friend has told us the following: I cannot own/register a car in Mexico without a Mexico driver license. I can drive a Mexican owned/registered car without a Mexico driver license (as long as I have a valid license from another country), and the owner's vehicle insurance will cover us We ...


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In California you can apply for a driver's license without a SSN if you can prove legal presence (e.g. an F visa) but are ineligible for a SSN. Once you become eligible for a SSN you must obtain one and provide it to the DMV when you renew your license (which you will do frequently since California licenses for non-immigrants expire when their current legal ...


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