Page 1 of 1

Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:18 am
by Cap_Scarlet
Quick question - we live permanently in Austria and want to buy a new car.

Given how expensive new cars are here we are thinking about buying outside the country and bringing it back in.

First question - is it worth it?
Second question - which is the cheapest country to buy in (Germany, Slovenia, Czech?)
Third question - what's its going to cost to import?

Re: Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:54 pm
by viennaexpats
This thread - http://www.vienna-expats.at/forums/view ... hilit=NoVA might help. The NoVA issue will perhaps be the problem - especially as you would have to keep it on foreign plates to get round it, which in turn would make it difficult to get a Parkpickerl in central Vienna if you are reliant on on-street parking (bear in mind that the Parkpickerlzonen are being extended to more outer districts too...

Re: Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:55 am
by Robert Barratt
Also, the problem with foreign plates. Tax office have been cracking down in the last year or so which means legally if you live in Austria as your main residence you have to re-register with Austrian plates. This means paying Austrian insurance a part of which includes tax (on the engine size) which is why the tax office are interested. The "popping over to Bratislava" changes nothing.

So, just buy a car here. It works out the same price eventually and is a lot less hassle.

Re: Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:20 pm
by morgenhund
Sounds like the voice of reason - a lot of the savings are only savings until something goes wrong and then you are left staring through your fingers. Not being a car owner, I would also presume that it would probably also catch up with you at latest when it comes to selling the car.

Re: Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:56 am
by Cap_Scarlet
Thanks for the replies so far.

I had not heard about the NOVA!!!

Are existing cars are still on German plates but we will clearly need to register in Austria as we no longer have a German address. As the cars have a combined value of around €70,000 (equal value, one petrol and one diesel) it looks like we could be in for a hefty bill. Any idea how to estimate how much?

Re: Buying a car outside Austria and bringing to Austria

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:13 am
by morgenhund
Try http://www.nova-rechner.at/ - they have various calculators for this.

Re: tax advisor near me

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:07 am
by Chikkos
Robert Barratt wrote:
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:55 am
Also, the problem with foreign plates. Tax office have been cracking down in the last year or so which means legally if you live in Austria as your main residence you have to re-register with Austrian plates. Tax advisor near me your books on time. This means paying Austrian insurance a part of which includes tax (on the engine size) which is why the tax office are interested. The "popping over to Bratislava" changes nothing.

So, just buy a car here. It works out the same price eventually and is a lot less hassle.
you're right.