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Buying a car in Laos


To be able to move in Laos, a lot of expatriates think of buying a car, whether new or second-hand.

What are the formalities to buy a vehicle in Laos: car registration, insurance, etc.?

What are the relevant authorities or organizations to contact?

How long does it take and what are the associated costs?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience,


I used to buy a small new car in Pakse. Although I have Working Permit and Visa but I could not register by my name. My Lao friend helped me to register by their name and we make a contract between them and us for this car. I am not sure now any update or upgrade for the transportation law in Laos?

I've been living in Lao for almost 4 years and bought a new car soon after arriving. I will be leaving for the Philippines in June, so the car needs to be sold. It is a Chinese SUV called a Jonway. It has a 1.8 litre Mitsubishi engine and has been a great car on Lao roads. I have a post on FB with photos. Tax paid and available immediately if required. Under 30,000km. Excellent condition. Asking $12,000 ono.

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