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135 Comments

  1. Xaris
    13/05/2019 @ 8:12 am

    Hello Georgi,
    I have a car with bulgarian plates but i am living in Greece now so i want to import it here. I am planning to come at Sofia and de-register the car at KAT and after that i will “sell” it to my brother in order to import it here. My question is how much will cost the de-register will cost and if we need both (me and my brother) to visit Sofia? One more thing in case that i will de-register the car they will get my bulgarian plates back and i will have transit plates?

    Thanks in advance for your time and help

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      13/05/2019 @ 3:16 pm

      Hello, Xaris! You have two options:
      1) The car stays in Greece. You take the plates and the papers and come to KAT Sofia to de-register it. You declare that the clar will be exported and that is. The administration tax is not more than 10-15 BGN
      2) You come with the car and your brother here. You do a contract for sale and you do export plates and papers on the name of your brother. With the export plates he drives back to Greece and registers the car in Greece.
      If you have any futher questions, please let me know.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

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  2. Vladimir Cuk
    23/04/2019 @ 9:00 am

    Hi Georgi,

    I made down payment for car I am buying for my wife, and car will be registered on my wifes name in Croatia since we are both Croatian citizens. I agreed with the seller who is a licensed Mercedes dealer to pay rest of price by bank transfer when I come the Germany and see the car in personal.

    So I will take the vehicle and transfere it for my wife in Croatia based on the power of attorney she will issue to me.

    I wanted to ask you if you would advise me to obtain so-called yellow plates (Kurzzeitkennzeichen) and what wolud be their price with insurance including green card. I also want to know if it is to obtain so-called yellow plates enough to present to the registration office:
    1. Invoice, 2. The power of attorney issued by my wife 3. My ID card (Personalausweis) 4. Car insurance with green card 5. Car documents (Tail I, Tail II, Document for successful completion of TÜV Dekra, COC certificate).

    Also I want to ask whether it is wiser to obtain so-called transit (red) licence plates (Ausfuhrkennzeichen) and what would be their price for 15 days? As far as I know the procedure is complicated in that case because the vehicle has to be presented to the registration office and new tail 1 and tail 2 has to be issued with my wife as vehicle owner.

    Thank you in advance,

    Kindest regards

    Vladimir

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      23/04/2019 @ 12:22 pm

      Hi, Vladimir! Do not risk and do not buy yellow plates. You might have problems on the borders. Yellow plates are for Germany only. Buy the regular red transit plates which are for whole Europe. For 10-20 Euro difference it is not worth the risk. Yes, the documents you described are correct. I am not sure whether the Croatian authorities require additional documents. For example – in Bulgaria an additional declaration for import and a paid EcoTax (green tax) is required. But this is different between the EU countries. Transit Plates (Ausfuhr) cost around 130-150 Euro with the insurance. Take them and drive risk-free home. Yes, a new Teil I und Teil II has to be issued on the name of the purchaser of the car. Yes, the car has to be present at the German registration office. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  3. Kostas
    21/04/2019 @ 5:36 pm

    Hello Georgi
    As always the Bulgarian police stoped me cause I had tinted windows.They told me there is no fine and they will take my driving license and my talon.My car has Bulgarian plates.Is this true??

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      22/04/2019 @ 2:14 pm

      Hi, Kostas! Actually you are not allowed to drive with tinted windows in Bulgaria (front windows). Yes, you have to remove the tinted windows and go to KAT for visual check after you have removed the tinted glass cover. Yes, they can take your driving license and small registration certificate.
      BR
      Georgi

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  4. borivoje ivanovic
    03/04/2019 @ 10:50 am

    Hi Georgi

    I would like to register a uk car in bulgaria. I have bough the car from my friend so I have the car ownership papers in his name. Question can i register if it is not in my name with a receipt of sale from the Uk.
    Thanks

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      03/04/2019 @ 1:52 pm

      Hello, Mr. Ivanovic! Thank you for your question. If you have a contract for sale you can register the car.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  5. Rodger Rangi
    31/03/2019 @ 10:55 am

    Hi, I am coming to Frankfurt in may,(from New Zealand) and was hoping to buy a used car,to travel all around Europe for 3-4 months,then the middle east for 6 months. Then hopefully selling car in Germany, at end of trip. I technically will not be a resident of any country in the EU. What is the best way to get a car,under these circumstances. Thanks

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      01/04/2019 @ 10:38 am

      Hi, Rangi! You buy it with export plates and you can travel around Europe. I am not sure about the Middle East. In Europe – you will have no problems. Take the longest insurance possible – for example 1 year for the export plates. At the end of your trip you can sell it in every Europe country you wish. You are not obliged to sell it in Germany. Good luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  6. Janne
    21/03/2019 @ 5:10 pm

    Hello Georgi. Are tinted windows allowed in Bulgaria ? And if not how much is fine for them ?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      22/03/2019 @ 10:07 am

      Hi, Janne! At the back they are allowed yes, at the front 30-40% tinted is allowed but not 100% tinted. Regarding the fine I am not sure.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  7. D.C
    15/03/2019 @ 10:07 am

    Thank you! You are the best!

    Reply

  8. D.C
    15/03/2019 @ 9:59 am

    Just want to ask you about technical controll, they check the car seriously or just check the serial number of car and sign the document and everything is ok?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      15/03/2019 @ 10:01 am

      Hello! Your car has to be washed and clean – mostly outside. No visual damages. Your brakes should function properly. The electronic, the wipers, the head lights shall function as well. The engine code on the motor block shall be clearly visible. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  9. Charis
    14/03/2019 @ 5:40 am

    So if i understand right the correct way demands both of us to visit kat of sofia right? There is no alternative?

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  10. Charis
    12/03/2019 @ 8:00 am

    Hello georgi i have a car with bulgarian plates and i want to sell it to a greek buyer. Could i do this somewhere in Greece or should i visit bulgaria? In case that i have to do it in bulgaria, there is any place in Sadanski or should i visit sofia?We both need to sign the transfer in bulgaria?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      13/03/2019 @ 3:07 pm

      Hi, Charis! This situation is tricky. There is a law in Bulgaria which prohibits selling Bulgarian cars with Bulgarian registration outside of Bulgaria, but the fine is only 200BGN. So, it means that you can do this, but make sure you have a contract of sale and a proof of the registration of the car in the other country – Greece in your case. The proof should be a document of the Greece administration that the car has been registered in Greece, the registration plates, and/or a copy of the new registration document. Make sure you keep copies of the Bulgarian registration documents for reference. The 100% correct way is you to de-register the car in Bulgaria, then to sell it to another person and the new owner of the car to make an export registration with export plates and papers and drive it to his country. The administration process in Bulgaria regarding the sale of a car to a foreign citizen is honestly speaking very stupid and not logical for most people.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  11. Stephen Wright
    07/03/2019 @ 9:02 pm

    Hi, thanks. I thought that was the case. Do you know what the declaration is? Is there a link to it? I’m going back to the Dr next week to get a certificate for the C Category, but I’m not hopeful. If the C Category certificate is easy to get, I’ll go down that route. If you can advise on the declaration, I would be grateful. Thanks again.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      09/03/2019 @ 8:06 am

      Hi, Stephen!
      You have to ask for the declaration when you go there. They have the blank. You fill it out and done. About the medical check for C cat. – it includes checks by 6 different doctors and the chances to get this done in 1 day are very small. You need 2 days at best. You can go to polyclinic Nr5 in Sofia – in front of the main rail way station. There is your fastest option. Good Luck!
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  12. Stephen Wright
    07/03/2019 @ 1:19 pm

    Hi, the driving licence saga continues. Today I heard from the KAT that I have submitted a medical certificate for Category B and in fact need one for Category C. My understanding is that Cat C is a load of heavy vehicles categories that I don’t need. I thought the practice at the KAT was to issue a licence only for those categories covered by the medical certificate. This is what I’ve heard has happened with other British people. Thanks in advance.

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      07/03/2019 @ 8:57 pm

      Hi, Stephen! Yes, you are right, but you have to declare in written that you agree cat. C not to be written in your driving license. Probably there was a miscommunication between the administration officer and you.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  13. Ched Nedelkovich
    04/03/2019 @ 6:14 pm

    Good evening,

    Thank you for publishing very useful website. Could you tell me if you know: can a car without a valid HU and AU certificated be exported from Germany following your procedure or is there a different way that needs to be followed?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    Ched

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      05/03/2019 @ 4:10 pm

      Hello! You cannot get export plates (red transit plates) without a valid HU and AU.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  14. Marco
    25/02/2019 @ 8:09 am

    Hi Georgi, we have contacted 1 month ago i asked for blue numbers if Sofia have or not yet, and you told me to contact ago after 2-3 weeks, Any info ? Do you know if they have now or not Blue numers? Thanks in advance !

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      25/02/2019 @ 4:18 pm

      Hi, Marco! Please ask me tomorrow again. I can answer this question tomorrow.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

  15. Yanis
    24/02/2019 @ 7:19 pm

    Hello Georgi
    I would like to ask for your opinion on the bulgarian car sale sites. Are they trustworthy?
    I am interested in buying a small hybrid car like Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris.
    Do you think it is possible to find one in the bulgarian market?
    Regards

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      25/02/2019 @ 7:15 am

      Hi, Yanis! No, they are not. Very often they turn back the mileage of the car, or hide some technical or visual problems with the car. Often also repair previous damages. Honda Hybrid is a bad idea. Their technology is not at the same good level as Toyota Hybrid technology. If you are going to buy a hybrid car – buy Toyota, not Honda. Toyota Yaris is a good choice but be aware – only manual transmission! If you need any assistance with pre-check of the car for you, just let me know. I can send a mechanic to check the car and make a protocol. If the car is good, then you can come and buy it. Any other services you need, just let me know. I can help.
      Best Regards
      Georgi

      Reply

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