For a non-resident of the European Community it is not possible to have a car registered in their name. This rule is valid all over in the European Community.
There are a few ways around this. Like all things in life, there are adavantages (+) and disadvantages (-) to each solution.
• You can apply for export.
+ You will get car documents with your name and address on them.
+ You do not have to pay any taxes (but you cannot claim back the Dutch VAT).
+ You do not have to present the camper every 12 months in Holland for the roadworthiness test.
- The camper will have to leave Holland within 2 weeks (officially never to be back).
- You'll get export plates, so a lot of official persons will want to find out if you are entitled to use those plates. You might be pulled over frequently.
- When selling this exported camper back to us we'll charge you euro 300 for the time and effort involved to make the camper Dutch again.
• You have relatives in Holland who will register the camper in their name for you.
- No paperwork is in your own name.
- You'll have to pay registration on your camper (at least your relatives will have to and they'll probably will pass on the costs to you).
- All payments for insurance will have to be for 12 months, as that is standard in Holland. Registration always goes per 3 months.
- All correspondence concerning your camper will go via your relatives (how good is their English? Do you want to bother them?)
- The camper has to be presented every 12 months to the Dutch Government for the roadworthyness test.
+ The insurance is cheap compared to the normal tourist insurance.
+ You can take fully comprehensive insurance at a reasonable rate, if you want to.
+ Everybody will think the camper is Dutch for you'll drive with Dutch plates. Nobody will bother you. The Dutch do have a rather good reputation in Europe (don't ask me why!).
• You can leave the registration in our company's name.
- No paperwork is in your own name.
- You'll have to pay registration on your camper (definitely we will pass on the costs to you).
- All correspondence concerning your camper will go via BW Campers.
- The camper has to be presented every 12 months to the Dutch Government for the roadworthiness test.
- Registration is always per 6 months.
+/- Our insurance is cheap compared to the normal tourist insurance, but not as cheap as a private person's insurance.
+ You can take fully comprehensive insurance if you want to.
+ All payments for insurance can be made for the needed length of time.
+ Everybody will think the camper is Dutch for you'll drive with Dutch plates.
+ You'll get an official document that will state that you are the owner in spite of the different name on the car papers.
When you buy in Germany, France or wherever, you'll get export plates. The disadvantages of export plates from other countries are the same as for Dutch export plates. But maybe you will rather be thought of as being Dutch. To be thought of as being French or German might not thrill you too much.....
You'll always need to leave a signed credit card imprint for traffic violations, parking tickets etc. when you'll leave the camper registered in our company's name!
We do offer the possibility of the registration in our name as a benefit for the buying as well as the selling party. The buyer benefits from the easier paperwork and lower insurance rate. We benefit too, for leaving the registration in our company's name relieve us from the burden of re-importing the camper after applying for export by the buyer.