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Importing a car from Belgium: pros and cons

Added 6 November 2018 by

Basic information regarding the country:

Belgium is a small country in the western Europe; it has a population of ca. 11 mln. Its official languages are Dutch and French. English and German are commonly spoken, too. The currency is Euro. According to the statistics, over 5 mlns of vehicles are registered in Belgium.

Market specifics.

Belgium has a very strongly developed car sales market. The majority of offers comes from different vendors and salons who offer a great number of vehicles; only a few per cent of the offers come from individual sellers. It’s important to know that insurance companies in Belgium often qualify even minor damage as total write-off. This is what makes the prices of second-hand cars with minor damage so attractive. This is also due to the fact that cars in Belgium often also have a high mileage. However, this can be very easily verified with the autodna app. It’s worth knowing that Belgians tend not to repair their cars after a crash. So it is not difficult to find a slightly bumped car at a very attractive price.

On the other hand, in Belgium, especially in Brussels, you can find many cars of ex-diplomats who replace their office cars every few years. So you can buy premium luxury cars at very good prices.

Where can you find it?

Primarily on Belgian websites, for example: www.autoscout24.bewww.hebbes.bewww.2dehands.be/autos. Secondarily, you can try used car shops and car markets: there are many of them in Belgium.

Documentation and formalities

After completing the transaction, the buyer receives a registration book and a document confirming the validity of the technical examination from the seller. Unfortunately, the documents and transit plates can only be obtained at the City Atrium in Brussels, located at Vooruitgangstraat 60. You can register a car in Belgium for 250 euros. In addition, you have to wait 2 days for the documents.

Pros and cons of importing a car from Belgium

Pros:

  • large selection of second-hand cars,
  • attractive prices of slightly damaged cars,
  • large car markets,

Cons:

  • time-consuming and expensive car registration procedure,
  • necessary trip to Brussels.
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Importing a car from Belgium: pros and cons
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Importing a car from Belgium: pros and cons
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Belgium is a small country in the western Europe; it has a population of ca. 11 mln. Its official languages are Dutch and French. English and German are commonly spoken, too. The currency is Euro. According to the statistics, over 5 mlns of vehicles are registered in Belgium.
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