There are three ways you can look for your dream car within the Netherlands.
- Buying a Used car
You can search the car via Marktplaats.nl (dutch online marketplace).
The biggest concern when buying a car is the condition of the used car. There are a few factors you need to check when buying the used card.
– License plate check
Check the license plate at RDW for free. This gives you a detailed information of known car details such as previous owners, APK history, if the car is stolen. These reports can be checked at ovi.rdw.nl/ or finnik.nl/. Car damage can also be checked on these site but that is a paid option.
– APK check
Always check the date of last APK(technical inspection). If it was long time back, you can request for a new APK. Sometimes owner pay for it or he can also request you to pay for new APK. However the cost of APK is quite cheap.
– Bouwjaar check
Make sure to check the year of manufacture of the car. The older the car, the less money it is !!
– Dealer or individual
I prefer to buy from an individual instead of a dealer. Dealers usually try to add some guarantee also to convince you to buy a car for which you have to pay a little extra. In my opinion, the cars from dealers usually asks some investments later after a period of 6 months or so.
I usually prefer to buy from an individual owner from Maarktplaats. You can then negotiate well over the price. Go for a test drive before buying a car and ask as many questions as possible.
– Big cities or far off places
As per my experience, the sellers near and around big cities such as Amsterdam are not that trustworthy for the condition of the car. I usually prefer to go to far off villages usually near the Netherlands border to test drive and pick a car.
– Young or Older owners
I prefer to buy the cars from the owners who are of the age range between 40s to 50s. That’s specific to my preference.
- Buying a new car
Considering to buy a new car, think of BPM tax. The first owner of the new car must pay the BPM tax (Bijzondere Verbruiksbelasting van Personenauto’s) to register the vehicle in their name. You can find more information of BPM tax here.
- Lease a Car
Having a car on lease is also an option. The car is in your name but is owned by the leasing company. You take a subscription and pay per month. The subscription is based on the duration and number of kilometres. This option is mostly used by companies to offer car as a service to employers but you can also opt for it yourself if you want.