Buy a car in bulgary as a foreighn

Hello, I'm Luciana, and I'm a Chilean-Spanish traveling through Europe with my dog, normally we travel by train, but lately, and after seeing such good deals on cars in Bulgaria, i think my best shot is getting one to go around hustle free from the train companies, that sometimes won´t allow us.
So ill need some guidance about my options on buying a car on Bulgaria, and how difficult would to be inscribed it without residence or passport from that country.
any help will be very appreciated.

Actually this should be quite easy. Nothing special as far as I know.

You can buy the car from a company or from an individual,
Car ownership is transferred by a sales contract and this has to be confirmed by a public notary.
Next - you will have to register the car at the closest Traffic Police Office. You will also need Third party liability insurance, Technical inspection certificate, Road vignette and that's all.

There's another registration at the municipality, where people live in Bulgaria, but I am not quite sure how this will happen in your case. Proably any municipality will do. This goes with a municipal tax.

There's a certain difference in cases when the car is already registered and in use and in cases it is not registeres/not used. The second option will cost you a bit more, so better choose the first one.

Car brokers normally assisst in all stages of this process. You can also negotiate to sell the car back to the same broker before leaving the country.

There are great deals in Bulgaria but be careful and get it inspected before buying. Historically, Bulgaria has been a dumping-ground for cars that should be junked.

We bought a cheap car (2000 US) and found a company that did the inspections and negotiations for us. I believe it cost use around 300 US for them to inspect 10 candidate cars, register the cars, negotiate the deal and deliver it to us. The car has been amazing to own so far and issue-free. I can find the contact information if it would help.

thank you s much for your answer. so you say i won't have any problems buying the car even when i dont have nationality or permanent via en Bulgaria?

@matthewmaday thnk you so much, if you could find that person who helped you to buy the car i would be so appreciative. My budget is a little less than yours, but i also need a simple car, old, but in good conditions

Yes, I think you will have no problems. Car inspection is also possible and I strongly adwise that you do so, in order to know how much money you will need to invest in that car. Generally you will need to change at least the oil,  some filters and the belt. Better plan some 200 - 300 EUR initial investment.

kristiann :

Actually this should be quite easy. Nothing special as far as I know.

You can buy the car from a company or from an individual,
Car ownership is transferred by a sales contract and this has to be confirmed by a public notary.
Next - you will have to register the car at the closest Traffic Police Office. You will also need Third party liability insurance, Technical inspection certificate, Road vignette and that's all.

There's another registration at the municipality, where people live in Bulgaria, but I am not quite sure how this will happen in your case. Proably any municipality will do. This goes with a municipal tax.

There's a certain difference in cases when the car is already registered and in use and in cases it is not registeres/not used. The second option will cost you a bit more, so better choose the first one.

Car brokers normally assisst in all stages of this process. You can also negotiate to sell the car back to the same broker before leaving the country.

The legal process for things generally in Bulgaria sounds a lot different to England. Buying cars, houses, setting up utilities etc. Sounds at least as complicated as England.

luciana de los andes :

@matthewmaday thnk you so much, if you could find that person who helped you to buy the car i would be so appreciative. My budget is a little less than yours, but i also need a simple car, old, but in good conditions

Yes, £1000 or less would be my budget too.

Are there any gumtree / autotrader / ebay type websites in Bulgaria, covering stuff for sale, private - trade / commercial sales?

IIRC you haven’t got a hope of doing it!

Buying a car is no problem, although you need to be VERY careful: very many used cars here are imported from other EU countries and are insurance write-offs/cut-and-shuts or have the clock wound back better than the De Lorean in “Back To The Future” and a catalogue of faults temporarily bodged. You need to go to a notary to ensure that you have a legal document of ownership - as usual, don’t imagine for a moment that any “warranty” you get will be worth anything as used car salesmen here are even bigger crooks than elsewhere in Europe.

Your problems will start when you try to register it here, which I am assuming is what you mean by “to be inscribed”: without an address here and a residence card KAT will not register it or give you a number plate, so you will not be able to legally drive it here.

I’d sat that your best bet is to buy a car in either Germany or Italy and not here; most cheap second-hand cars here, unless you’re thinking of an old Lada or similar, will have come from there anyway and you’d be paying a premium because someone else imported it.  Caveat Emptor is very much the case here, so take very great care!

That actually sounds good ... But ..... just imagine - you're buying an used car here in Bulgaria, then you take it to a car mechanic (or you can even have the car inspected by a mechanic prior you buy it), the car is repaired/serviced and ready for a technical inspection at KAT, registration, insurance and good to go. No hidden expenses or risks.

Car repair services are pretty cheap here, distances are not big and you will have your car ready for a decent amount of money. Variety of cars is also big.

Now imagine you're buying your car in Germany:
1. The car mileage is wound back even in Germany (low priced cars, bought by serbian, turkish, albanian and other retailers)

2. It is very hard to have the car inpected by a mechanic, so you risk buying a car that could break on your way to Bulgaria, which means you will either have to spend a big amount of money somewhere, or abandon it ...

3. If you decide to repair your car in Germany it will cost you about 3-4 times the amount in Bulgaria.

4. If you decide to load the car on a trailer, this will cost you additional 600 EUR, and again you will be buying a car without a proper technical inspection prior the purchase.

In all cases you will lose a lot of time and money and will be saving none of the problems that you might face.

So my advice is to buy a car from Bulgaria, that is currently in use, and to have it checked by a mechanic prior the prurchase.
Registration is another question, there are several ways to register the car and to drive it even with the limitations of not having permanent address here and or Bulgarian ID card.

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