Aha, you got a driving license and planning to buy a car? Here are our top 7 things to do or check while planning to buy a car in the Netherlands. Before that if you want to have a look at our post on the different ways to buy a car in the Netherlands, have a look here.

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So lets have a look on the important things to know when buying a car.

  1. A driving License
    To be able to drive within Netherlands, you need to have a correct EU/EFTA driving license. You can have a look at our blog on how to apply the driving license. How to buy the car? You can follow our blog here.
  2. Register with RDW
    Found your car, its not officially yours until you get the car registered at RDW. Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer(RDW) is the national authority for vehicles and transport. They deal with the road tax and liability insurance.Read our blog on how to register.
  3. Road Tax
    If you live in Netherlands and owns a vehicle, you will have to motor vehicle tax (motorrijtuigenbelasting, MRB). You pay the vehicle tax by direct debit for each period of 3 months.You may authorize the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration to debit the motor vehicle tax on a monthly basis. You can see the tax rate here(in dutch). Some cars such as fully electric are exempted from paying MRB.
  4. Apply for a car Insurance
    There are usually three types of car insurance – Third Party Liability, Third Party Liability + Limited cover, Third Party Liability + comprehensive cover. You can compare the insurance on independer.nl for details.
  5. APK Test
    APK is also known as periodic technical inspection. This is a mandatory inspection in Europe to promote road safety and protect the environment. RDW will send you a reminder 6 weeks before the expiry of the current APK. Read our blog for more detailed information.
  6. Parking Permit
    Do you live in or moving the an area where parking is paid. Then you will need a parking permit. Some neighborhood have a free parking area while some requires a parking permit. There can also be a waiting list for the parking permit for some areas. Read our blog on how to apply for a parking permit.
  7. ANWB Subscription
    It is not mandatory however we recommend to take an ANWB subscription just in case your car broke in the middle of the highway. ANWB provides you the best roadside assistance not only within the Netherlands but outside as well. There are different packages to choose from costs you max Eur 20 per month depending on the package you choose.

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