Many foreigners are living in Hungary, especially in Budapest. Among these people are doctors, military personnel, teachers, students, and so on. Of course, they need cars to get around.
However, there is a critical issue: the Hungarian used car market is very small, making it extremely difficult to find a quality used car or even a new one.
Therefore, these folks require another solution.
They will find out soon that the German used car market offers plenty of possibilities. There are over a million used cars to choose from. Not only that, but the car prices are remarkably affordable, even for high-end brands. The Hungarian VAT is the highest in the European Union (27%). Meanwhile, the German VAT is one of the lowest in the EU (19%). It is still higher than that in the US, but all in all, it is decent.
If you would like to buy a car from Germany and register it in Hungary, we are here to help you!
ABN® is the market-leading German-based car broker company. We have contracts with 19 car brands in Germany and Hungary. We have specialized in high-end cars in both countries.
In just a few easy steps, you can order any new or used cars from Germany, starting at € 10.000 per vehicle. We can take care of the whole process and give you the vehicle in turn-key condition.
We are offering:
- Full – Service / buying a car from Germany with car-delivery
- Car History Check & contact with Sellers
- Independent pre-purchase local vehicle inspection
- Advisory support for car buyers
- Schedule & Perform Test Drive
- We negotiate the best price for you
- Car deposit/down payment
- Processing the vehicle purchase
- Safe car-payment transaction
- VAT Free (TAX-free) car purchase for EU residents & Companies
- Car transport
- Vehicle registration in Hungary
Now, let’s explore how you can buy a used car in Germany and then register it in Hungary.
Where to find cars for sale?
If you are not willing to browse through bazillions of used car websites in Germany, then our “Search for cars” menu is perfect for you!
Just click on the blue “mobile.de” square. Then, at the top of the site, you can switch to English or any other language.
Mobile.de is the largest used cars website in Germany.
Alternatively, if you’d like to buy a car only from authorized car dealers, you can scroll down on our “search for cars” menu where you will see different kinds of car badges, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Tesla, and VW.
As an example, if you hit the Mercedes logo, you can take a look at the stock of all Mercedes dealers all over Germany. You can be sure that the chosen car stays at the dealer. They are all certified pre-owned vehicles with a Europe-wide guarantee.
Test-drive is always necessary.
Local car inspection
If you want to buy a used car, it is crucial to obtain an independent pre-purchase car inspection.
However, it is sometimes easier said than done; you need a trustworthy and skilled person with a quick reaction time.
And, ultimately, even if the car is in top shape, you still need someone to take care of the buying and export process for you.
There are various ways to transport a car to Hungary. One such way is for the car dealer to help you get a temporary plate, allowing you to pick up the car in Germany and drive it to Hungary.
If you do this by yourself, the cost will be around € 700, and the trip will take 2-3 days.
The second solution is by auto transport carrier, it´s more easy. We offer full coverage insurance for our customers.
Register a German import car in Hungary
Before you can start driving your car in Hungary, you need to have it registered with your state’s National Transport Authority. (in Hungary, it is called the ‘NKH’)
Before you register at NKH, make sure you have the following paperwork:
- Title for the vehicle (provided by the seller)
- Bill of sale or Invoice + translation
- Proof of your car insurance
- Personal ID / Passport
- Proof of permanent address in Hungary
- Taxpayer Identification Numbers
You must be aware that an import car registration can take a few weeks in Hungary because of the wait time for appointments.
The following steps are required to register your car in Hungary:
- Appointment reservation at NKH. (via online)
- Take the vehicle to the NKH.
- Authentification of the vehicle / examine the VIN of your car (different bureau)
- Pay your car registration tax (Hungarian IRS = NAV)
- Get the registration and plate (Local DMV)
The cost of car registration in Hungary varies. Registering an EV is relatively low-cost, around €300. On the other hand, an old muscle car could be up to €2.000.
Keep in mind that the formal rules and standards are quite tricky in Hungary, even for the locals!
Make it simple
If you find the perfect vehicle in Germany, just send the advertisement to us via e-mail.
We will swiftly calculate the total cost for you, and you can order the car effortlessly.
Contact us now at email@example.com | We’re happy to assist you in any way we can!
Andras Kral – ABN®