Buying a car

Purchase:

Bulgaria is the largest market for second-hand motor vehicles and their prices are sufficiently low. New or second-hand car can be purchased both in car show rooms and from companies dealing in resale, and also directly from the owners.

The most popular sites for the motor vehicles market are: www.cars.bg  and www.mobile.bg

Registering:

The car can be registered to a natural person, to a company incorporated in Bulgaria or to a commercial representation office of a foreign company.

When registering the vehicle to their name, i.e, as a natural person, the foreign citizen, not being Bulgarian citizen, can register it in Sofia only and they receive blue licence plate numbers for a definite period of time (1-3 years). Usually in this case the vehicles are purchased on behalf of a proprietary company or on behalf of a commercial representation office.

The vehicle is purchased by way of an agreement for purchase and sale, which has to be certified by a notary public, even though the transaction can be conducted between legal entities on both sides, except when the company or the representation office is purchasing a vehicle not yet registered in Bulgaria from a company dealing in importing such vehicles on the territory of the country.

In the agreement for sale and purchase the specified value cannot be lower than the insurance value of the vehicle. The taxes and charges for signing the agreement for sale and purchase before the notary public amount to approximately 2,5% from the specified value of the vehicle. If the sum of the transaction exceeds 15000 BGN the payment has to be made only as a bank transfer.

After signing the agreement for sale and purchase all documents of the vehicle have to be handed over to the purchaser.

Documents required for finalizing the transaction before the notary public:

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate Part I and Vehicle Registration Document Part II;

  • Document confirming paid vehicle tax for the current year;

  • Mandatory insurance policy (civil liability);

  • Certificate for the insurance value of the vehicle (this can be obtained by the insurance company);

  • Document certifying that the seller is the owner of the vehicle (agreement for sale and purchase, etc.);

  • Declaration by the seller for absence of liabilities to the state budget subject to execution (declaration pursuant to Art.264, Para. 2 of the Tax and Insurance Procedure Code, signed when vehicle ownership is being transferred).

Re-registration of the vehicle with Traffic Police:

Within 14 days following the purchase of the vehicle the new owner has to re-register the vehicle with the Traffic Police to their name.

Documents required for re-registration:

  • Agreement for sale and purchase plus an extra copy;

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate Part I and Vehicle Registration Document Part II;

  • Document confirming paid vehicle tax for the current year plus an extra copy;

  • Mandatory insurance policy (civil liability) plus its copy;

  • Document and certificate for technical inspection.

If the vehicle has been imported into Bulgaria and still has no registration, all original registration documents from the country, from which it has been imported, have to be submitted. If the vehicle has been imported from a country that is not a member of the EU, it should be accompanied by a copy of a customs declaration.

When the vehicle is re-registered to the name of a natural person in Sofia, the ID Card (the national passport) of the foreigner has to be available.

When the vehicle is registered to the name of a company or a commercial representation office a certificate of current legal of the company and a stamp are required.

The whole package of documents is submitted at a separate desk (usually with the longest queues), and for a small fee the documents are checked and an application for re-registration is filled in (Application with the Traffic Police – 1).

The period for re-registration depends on the availability of registration numbers of the vehicle, whether it has been registered prior to this in Bulgaria and in which district exactly. If the re-registration takes place in the same district, this will take very short time. The application, together with the package of documents, is submitted to the respective desk, a bank charge is paid, e.g. 30 BGN and after a certain period of time you shall receive the Vehicle Registration Certificate Part I and Vehicle Registration Document Part II with the names of the new owner on them;

In other instances the vehicle has to undergo a technical inspection, an inspection of the engine and the chassis, the capacity of the brakes, the lights, there has to be a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, emergency sign, etc. In accordance with the results of the technical inspection you receive a diagnostics card (“for technical inspection), after which you have to remove the old licence plate number from the front of the vehicle and together with the application you have to submit it at the respective desk, pay the fee for re-registration and the new numbers, and after a while you shall receive the new documents of the vehicle with the names of the new owner on them (Environment tax: 80 – 150 BGN, vehicle inspection: approximately 14 BGN, additional fees: approximately 10 BGN). You can officially choose your registration number in accordance with your preferences for a fee of 5 BGN.

After re-registration you have to go to a special area, where the new licence plate numbers shall be installed.

Re-registration of the vehicle in an insurance company:

If the car was purchased with the comprehensive and the civil liability policies still valid, you have to inform the insurance company specified on the policies about the change in ownership and about receiving new registration data about the insured vehicle.

Регистрация на автомобила в данъчната служба (НАП)

Within two months upon the date of registering the vehicle with the Traffic Police, the new owner has to inform the municipality where they live (if the vehicle has been registered to the name of a natural person), or where the company is located (if the vehicle has been registered to the name of a company or a representation office) (“Local Taxes and Charges” Department). For this purpose declaration pursuant to Art.54, Para.1 of the Local Taxes and Charges Act and is submitted together with copies of the agreement for sale and purchase (if paid).

When submitting the declaration you will be given a reference number, with which you can follow your liabilities and pay the annual tax for your vehicle.

You will be given a reference number for your declaration, with which you can follow your liabilities and pay the annual tax for your vehicle. The liabilities incurred for your vehicle can be checked at http://proverka.eu/ , and payments can be made through https://www.epay.bg.

We can help you with anything you cannot manage on your own. We provide services connected with the registration of the sale and purchase of the vehicle and in connection with its registration with the Traffic Police.