How to bring your car to Bulgaria

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Bulgaria, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Bulgaria?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Bulgaria, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Bulgaria?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!


Hi bringing a car or van into Bulgaria is easy at the moment until Brexit. In Austria by a Vingette, and into Serbia check at boarder to Serbia about a Vingette. At Bulgaria by a Vingette £55 for a van for a year, cheaper for a car etc. Selling in Bulgaria if on UK plates then send off export document on V5 and sell private (normally a note at side of road in window of car etc). To register in Bulgaria is 300 lev, however you will need to replace front lights , cars and vans must have an MOT however very cheap, insurance is very good price as well. Just a small thought check health insurance as this can be a waste of money. Get an S1 form and it covers you on Bulgarian NHS.

Hi Tudormorbey,

If this is the case, then buying a car in Bulgaria is a better option, isn't it ?

Is it hard to find a good mechanic or spare parts ?

Thanks for your feedbacks,

Hi it is sometimes better to buy in Bulgaria, however you can make a few lev to top up your pension etc, also you are able to buy UK goods and bring them back yourself as UK goods are very expensive in BG for example 500g of marmite is 15 lev which is around 7 pounds. Mechanics etc are very good and there are many small garages in and around major towns. Spare parts are normally obtained at scrap yards or all of the major motors.

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