Moving with my car and bike to the Netherlands

Moving with my car and bike to the Netherlands

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djcatshow

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10 posts

75 months

Sunday 28th June 2015
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Hello everybody,

I am moving with my motors (and the family of course) to the Netherlands and if you don't mind, I'd like to ask you a few questions about regulations and costs.

As a background information, I am the proud owner of a Saab 9-5 2.3T Linear Sport, model year 2005 in very good condition and not only for its age. I have been told by mechanics that it is nearly like new so I felt confident to invest in it to keep it in top condition. I run it on LPG as well so you can understand that in NL it would cost twice as much (at least) to get an equivalent car and I don't mind the steering wheel position on the right.

My motorbike, well 125cc Scooter, is also nearly new and just paid it off. It is modified with aftermarket variator and fatter tyres but thats ok because I have a full unrestricted class A licence anyway. It would be my daily ride to work.

I am mostly confused about the time I can drive both vehicles before having to get Dutch registration numbers and about the costs involved. Generally speaking according to EU regulations, I can drive them for six months anywhere within the EU, because my insurance only insures me for 90 continuous days out of the UK though I thought I have three months but yesterday I read that the Dutch Customs services (Belastingdienst) wants me to get a Dutch registration after 14 days? I am confused and would appreciate your help in that matter.

Do you know the costs of transferring the vehicles to NL? I owned both for over three years so BPM should not take effect.

For the APK (MOT) that I need to register in NL, will they look at the LPG system as well and if so, what precisely?

What do they look at for the Scooter APK?

Can you recommend me a Dutch online tyre shop?

Thanks for your help.








djcatshow

Original Poster:

10 posts

75 months

Monday 6th July 2015
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Any recommendations you can give? Any help? Anything?

Thank you!

troc

2,646 posts

139 months

Tuesday 7th July 2015
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Sorry, can't help you really. When I came over, I had a special tax free allowance so I could import a new car totaly tax free.

All I can suggest is the www.rdw.nl website for that

As to tyres, we have http://www.kwik-fit.nl and a couple of other big ones like http://www.profiletyrecenter.nl/

Not sure about online tyres though.

Sorry frown

DeltonaS

3,107 posts

102 months

Monday 13th July 2015
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toyracer

173 posts

226 months

Tuesday 15th September 2015
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I don't know if you found the answers since you posted, but I imported our UK car over with us 2 years ago. In theory you do have to register it quickly, but I took 6 months to get around to it. It may however affect your ability to get a parking permit, if you need one.

Bringing the car with you when you move, you can avoid any tax so long you have owned the car more than 6 months. You have a year IIRC to process your car from the point of residency for the tax break (from the Belasting helpdesk I spoke to), I did ours after about 5 months, caused no worries - I spoke to an advisor on the phone, they have english speaking guys at the Belastingdienst in this department. A couple of forms to fill in, gained online (Google translate is your friend..) and then take it to get it tested. Essentially an MOT test and registration, go to an RDW Keuringsstation. The one I used in Amsterdam was a large warehouse with 4 lanes of testing bays. I just turned up on the morning, got a ticket (first come first served), and booked the car in at the desk and waited... about an hour later after maybe 3 people (doing their APK (MOT) tests, I went through, took about 25 minutes all in. Back to the office, get paperwork and registration. Then off to a shop for numberplates. Insurance I did online, all very smooth, I used the ANWB (AA equivalent). Cars here are insured for any dutch resident to drive, which is a little different. Can't help vis LPG I'm afraid - alas you won't be able to use the eurotunnel with LPG, which is by far the speediest link back to Blighty driving.

I changed the headlights for aftermarket units which have a switch for LHD/RHD fitment - you must of course have LHD headlights. Designed to make the headlight cheaper for all markets, it's dead handy when I go back to the UK. That was the only thing I had to change on the car.

You have to pay road tax based on the vehicle weight, in 100kg increments. Ours is 1425kg or something (1 series), and is €724 a year, billed quarterly.

Good luck!
Ian


Edited by toyracer on Tuesday 15th September 00:25

djcatshow

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10 posts

75 months

Tuesday 13th October 2015
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toyracer said:
I went through, took about 25 minutes all in. Back to the office, get paperwork and registration. Then off to a shop for numberplates.

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Good luck!
Ian


Edited by toyracer on Tuesday 15th September 00:25
Hello,

Thanks for your reply, I think I went through the same RDW testing station yesterday that you used. I am surprised that you were able to get everything sorted there because they just gave me another two forms to send to the Belastingdienst, to apply for the BPM. Now I have to wait a week from today to get the registration and then to have the number plates made. Quite a bureaucracy really and quite frustrating that they aren´t able to pull the information from one form to the other, so far I am at my sixth form filling out the same information, just for different departments....

To wait six months was not an option for me because I had to get my BSN number and after that, I only had 14 days to legally drive my car on foreign plates. With a newborn baby in the house I am not going to wait for the Police to pull me over and impound my car to get my stuff sorted and my UK insurance only gives me 3 months foreign motoring anyway, so forked out 550 Euros for new headlights plus nearly 700 Euros to have them installed and the rear fog light changed (plus a few other things such as new front tyres...) as I was told I would have to get a complete new APK (MOT). In the end the man just had a hard look at my lights and fog light and recognized my UK MOT, he said something about LPG 2 and LPG 3 I had no clue about and I just answered "really? I only saw one type of LPG at the petrol stations"...

hostyle

1,322 posts

180 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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With regards to your scooter, there is no APK (MOT). If you ever want it on Dutch plates, you'll have to go to the RDW and have it checked and registerd. After that, it's just up to you to keep it roadworthy.