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Importing Cars

Since 1st of March 2005 any old or new cars can be imported to Slovakia for a single charge of 66.39 €, paid in the Transport Office of the district. Car importer is also required to pay recycling fund of 66.39 €. An imported car can be bought from a car dealer (some of them even specialize on used cars imported from Western Europe) or people can import the car on their own. The largest website for used (imported or not) cars in Slovakia is Autobazar.eu.

How to Import a Car to Slovakia

  1. In case of an individual vehicle purchasing abroad, be sure to request a registration certificate or a disposal of vehicle registration in the country of origin (or where you acquired the vehicle). If the evidence of the entry is in another language, have them officially translated.
  2. If you are importing the vehicle on its own wheels, you need to procure ferries mark, which is valid for two weeks. The fee also depends on the country in which the vehicle is brought in and the period you need the mark for, including insurance.
  3. The applicant will then report to the district office, department of transport in the place of residence, which shall submit an application for approval of individually imported vehicle or the request for recognition of type approval of an application for recognition or approval (so-called national approval) of individually imported vehicle. The application must contain particulars of the applicant. In the case of a natural person: name, date and place of birth, place of residence. In case of legal person: name – corporate name, address, company name and surname of the person (corporate body), the signature of the person (all figures must agree with the statement from the Commercial Register) and stamp. Must also contain all the particulars of the vehicle. Businesses must present a valid certificate of incorporation (PO) or a valid extract from the Trade Register (FO).
  4. An application must be accompanied by title deeds. This could include the purchase contract, invoice, or deed of gift. The registration certificate (technical passport) or proof of disposal of vehicle registration in the country of origin is needed too. For imports from third countries (non EU) the proof of release for free circulation (issued by the customs).
  5. The applicant shall pay an administrative fee of 33.19 – 66.39 € and the Transport Authority will issue the vehicle owner with the proceedings suspension decision. With this decision of the administrative proceedings and the copy of an application form the car owner goes to undertake technical tour to the technical control station (TCS).
  6. The applicant shall complete a revisal with imported used vehicles at TSC to the extent type of application (if the vehicle has a COC document, in a range of regular technical inspection). This obligation (even if only administrative) is related to the importation of new vehicles. TSC will issue the technical standpoint.
  7. In case of approval of diesel engine vehicle, the vehicle must pass the emission control. The same with new vehicles.
  8. Even before the way forward in the transport office, the applicant must pay a recycling fund by postal order, received by the transport office.
  9. If the applicant has the technical inspection protocol for the evaluation of “fit” and proof of payment of 66.39 € recycling fee to the Recycling Fund, these must be submited to the District Office. Traffic office shall issue a decision on approval of individually imported vehicle and issue a certificate of vehicle registration (from 1st of March 2005, has issued only OEV).
  10. Subsequently, the vehicle owner chooses the insurance company to insure the car. Insurance company issues the owner a certificate of insurance (In some insurance companies it is possible right after arrival to Slovakia).
  11. Finally, the applicant has to visit the Transport Inspectorate (DI), where he showes the decision and submit Registration certificate from the District Transport Office, proof of acquisition, a certificate of insurance contract and its identification documents. DI will register the vehicle and for the administrative fee 38.17 € will assigne a registration number (license plate number of the former).
  12. For a new car (less than 6 months from first registration with a maximum mileage of 6000 km) the owner is obliged to give seven days return to the tax office in the same period to pay VAT of 20 percent. For used vehicles VAT is included to the purchase price of the car already abroad.

Documents in other than Slovak or Czech language are necessary to be translated to Slovak. Beware, you do not have to translate from Czech. Where the documents are bilingual, it is necessary to do translation of both languages. Translation can be done only by a translator who is registered in the list of official interpreters. Since the translations are expensive, transport authorities recommend applicants to consult with them first about what needs to be necessarily translated.

Changes after the first January 2008!

After importing a new or used vehicle registred in a Member State you need to submit:

  1. proof of possessing the vehicle, such as invoice, purchase agreement or donation agreement,
  2. certificate of registration,
  3. document to remove the vehicle from the vehicle registration in a Member State; submitted only if the record of the disposal is not listed on the certificate of registration under the second point,
  4. expertise to check the originality of the vehicle according to § 85 of the results: fit to road traffic,
  5. valid protocol on technical vehicle inspection pursuant to § 49 paragraph. 2 point. a) with the results of the fit to road traffic or a valid implementation of roadworthiness issued in a Member State, such as a certificate of roadworthiness, referred to the documents shall be submitted only if a vehicle is subject to inspection,
  6. valid protocol on emission control of motor vehicle pursuant to § 67 paragraph. 2 point. a) the results of the fit to road traffic or a valid execution of emission on vehicle issued in a Member State, for example, issue a certificate of inspection you need only if the record of emission control is not part of the document for technical inspections by the fifth point specifying the documents to be submitted only in case of a used vehicle when the vehicle is subject to a control,
  7. proof of payment of contribution to the Recycling Fund for imported vehicles.

Old Cars (manufactured earlier than in the year 1996)

Importing and logging cars produced before 1996 is much more complicated than for new cars and can not be recommended highly. These cars are not made with global homologation (European Directive united after 1st of January 1996) and therefore must be individually examined. Examination of the emission function of the brakes, making noise and interference are made by authorized test makers. Their price is up to 1659,70 €.

If the car fails on inspection, it can not be included in the records and can be used only for parts. Otherwise, follow the same as in the case of newer cars.

For individual vehicles imported since the 1st of January 2008 the authenticity of the vehicle must be also verified. Price for checking the originality of the vehicle varies from 66.39 to 165.97 €.

If you want to have more confidence in buying, give priority to large foreign dealers who usually guarantee that vehicles are free of crime.

Importing Cars from UK and USA is not recommended

Imports of used cars from those countries can be very troublesome and is not recommended. This is due to their different technical equipment, which is not in line with European regulations.

For example, second-hand cars from the U.S., differ from the european in lighting (they have red indicator, which is unacceptable in Europe, similar to other front lamp positions). Unacceptable is the different geometry of the light cone of headlights. The owner of that vehicle may receive a temporary exemption for six months. This gives the owner enough time to change the lamps.

It is practically impossible to import used cars from UK with right hand drive, which cannot receive an exemption.

Duty for non-EU Car Imports

The importation of used cars from outside the EU is to be reckoned with 10-percent duty and the same charges as in the previous cases. The car from outside the production duties can be paid in an EU country through which the vehicle enters the Union, or the country where you reside and where you want to log in to register.

Originally, until the 1st of May 2004 (in enlargement) the duty was higher – 17.1 percent. Now reduced to 10 percent. The duty may be paid in the country of entry or at home in a member country, nevertheless ends in the EU common treasury, from where it is distributed to individual EU countries. Cars manufactured in the EU Member States are not burdened by duty in the individual or collective import. In practice, this means that if you buy a Japanese branded car manufactured in one of the EU countries taking it to another EU country you do not need to pay duty.

How Much is the Import of Used Cars Manufactured after 1996

VAT from 15 to 25 percent (paid in the importing country) – paid by the first owner, so you will not have to pay VAT (including the prohibition of double taxation);

0 percent duty. 10 percent duty, only non-European imports from third countries;

Ferry mark and insurance (if you intend to bring the vehicle to Slovakia on its own wheels) – 100 to 150 euros.

Official translations of documents (purchase or gift agreement, invoice into Slovak with a notarius – 16.60 to 33.19 € per page, a total of 99.58 to 165.97 €.

Technical review – 29.87 €.

Emission control (only required for diesel engines) – 13.28 to 16.60 €.

Verification of the vehicle authenticity (the first 7th 2007) – from 66.39 to 165.97 €.

Fee for the recognition of type approval, to issue certificates of registration (OEV) – 66.39 €, if the applicant is the holder of the vehicle (abroad) for more than one year – 33.19 €.

Registration of the car and issuance of number plates on the vehicle inspectorate (DI) – 38.17 €

If there is no certificate of conformity – the test of compliance with technical requirements, the whole technical approval process by authorized testing team checking (brake operation, noise, interference, emissions), can come up to 1659.70 €!;

Control of originality of the vehicle so ordered by the District Transport Authority controlled by the technical services, i.e. checked whether the car is stolen, according to the content engine: 92.94 € (up to 2000 cm3), 119.50 € ( 2000-3000 cm3) 165.97 € (above 3000 cm3) – 1st of January 2007

Roadworthiness certificate if there is no conformity certificate (STK) – 82.98 €

Charge to the Recycling Fund (RF) – single fee for all passenger cars 66.39 €. The penalty for failure to pay is up to 663.88 €. The form for payment can be found at the Recycling Fund.

Recommendation

Do not forget the log off (unregistration form) in the country of origin.

10 Responses to Importing Cars

  1. veronika August 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi,

    I live in Dubai and was wondering if it is possible to import a car purchased there to Slovakia?
    As there are different emission specifications and requirements in EU and other countries, I believe this might be a problem. However, I heard that some cars should be possible to import.

    thanks in advance

    regards,
    veronika

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Exactly, as far as I know you can’t import cars from Dubai, Arabic countries, Africa, etc. because of different specifications and requirements.

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  2. viola September 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    why can I not import and drive a right hand drive car as it seems you can in all other euro zones

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Ask the appropriate authorities, not us…

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  3. Stavros September 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Hello I read your article and I have a question, cause I am a little comfused. I think of importing a used Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi(diesel), 2007 model. Whats the procedure for getting the slovak plates and where should I go?
    Thank you

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Pls, read the article above.

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  4. Alvaro Pinto December 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    What are the rules for international UN Staff regarding the import of a car from th US for own use?

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Same as for others? Don’t know why it should be different…

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  5. PRVEASH KUMAR RAGHAV March 18, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    i want to car rent.

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