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Buying a car in Bulgaria that's currently registered in Italy

Hey, there, I'm Jonathan, and new to expat.com, though I've been living in Sofia for about a year now. My family and I have been managing without a car, but our desire to get out into the mountains has finally pushed us to bite the bullet and buy an automobile here.

I know there have been a number of threads about registering a car in Bulgaria, but I think this is a new situation. I found a great car at a great price with a private seller here in Sofia and I'd like to buy it. Problem is, the current owner and seller bought the car in Italy and registered it there. She has not yet registered it in Bulgaria, and it still has Italian plates.

My question: Can I buy it from her and then register it in Bulgaria (following the steps outlined in other threads here)? Or does she need to register it in Bulgaria first, before I can purchase it from her?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi there,

and yes, you can buy the car directly and register it in Bulgaria to your name. Absolutely no problem. There will be just an additional minor eco tax for importing an used car. That's it.

Do have the car checked by a mechanic before you buy it!!! Sometimes cars imported from Italy have maintenance problems.

Kristiann,

Thank you for your reply! And for others who are wondering: We successfully registered the car just yesterday without a hitch. It wasn't that painful, either, though it does require patience.

We hired people from LeadConsult to walk us through the entire process, from translating our bill of sale and the Italian title documents, to going to KAT and taking care of all of the different details there. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it. We spent less than three hours at KAT and had no hassles at all.

A couple of notes for others:
1. We did NOT need to have the contract/bill of sale notarized. But if the original is not in Bulgarian, then it must be translated. Same with the title.
2. Bulgarian bureaucracy prefers BLUE ink on contracts! (So they know it's the original). We had black ink and it worked, but blue is better.
3. Because our car is old, and because this was its first Bulgarian registration, we had to pay a $265 BGN eco tax, in addition to the other, usual fees.
4. From what I could tell, the "technical inspection" consisted of the mechanic getting the VIN numbers off the engine/etc. He never checked lights, brakes, or anything else.
5. If you don't speak Bulgarian, I'd strongly recommend hiring one of the services out there to take care of this for you. At the very least, take a translator along who's been through the process before.

I'm pretty sure to register a car here, it has to be on your name so my advice to you is before you buy it you go with he rand the documents and a translator to KAT and ask the question there

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