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263 Comments

  1. GP McCord
    17/01/2021 @ 11:01 am

    Hello
    2 days ago I went to Varna KAT to do a simple name change on the car talon. The car already had a Varna reg, insurance etc and had both talons and copy of all documents.
    They refused to do the name change and said that because I am a UK citizen they will no longer register or do name changes. I have a 10 year Bulgarian residency card and Bulgarian driving licence.
    They said I must take the car to Sofia to do the name change on the talon and get a blue plate. This surely MUST be nonsense and very discriminatory if they make UK citizens do this?
    I have contacted the British Embassy and await a reply. In the meantime how can I comply with the law and have my name on the talon. I already paid the notary for the new service whereby they send all details through electronically and I just go and hand over my documents.

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    • gnikolov
      17/01/2021 @ 11:38 am

      Hello,
      I am afraid that I can’t help you. These are the consequences of BREXIT. You did the best in terms of contacting British Embassy. This problem has to be fixed on a national level, it is not only your problem. I got already same questions from couple British people leaving in BG. The smartest got their cars registered before 31.12.2020. But for those who were late, now there will be many obstacles on the way.

      Reply

    • GP McCord
      17/01/2021 @ 4:39 pm

      Clearly another way of discriminating when it suits!

      Reply

      • gnikolov
        18/01/2021 @ 2:14 pm

        The law is the same for all countries outside of EU. GB is already outside of EU with the same status as RU, Ukraine, Serbia for example. You have to address your claim/issue to the smartest people in your country – the GB government or Boris Johnson, if you don’t like the status of “GB Outside”. Speaking about discrimination is not appropriate. There are laws on above-country level.

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  2. Andrei
    13/01/2021 @ 12:25 am

    Hi Georgi, thank you for the great info on site. I have a quick question – are there any restrictions on exporting new or used EVs from Germany outside EU?
    Thank you!

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    • gnikolov
      13/01/2021 @ 9:43 pm

      Hi, Andrei! No, there are no restrictions from the exporting country. You have to check the restriction of the importing country.

      Reply

  3. Marc
    08/01/2021 @ 11:57 am

    Hello Georgi!
    I hope you are well.
    I want to buy a new car and i want to register it in Bulgaria but i don’t have BG ID.
    Also i don’t have a company to register it with company.
    Is there any other option i can register?
    Thanks in advance

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    • gnikolov
      08/01/2021 @ 6:30 pm

      Hi, Marc,
      I am fine thanks. Hope you are doing well! No, there is no other option for you to own a car with a BG registration. Other risky option is to put the car on somebody else’s name and you to drive the car with a PoA but this method has disadvantages for both sides – owner and user.
      BR
      G

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  4. Fms
    07/01/2021 @ 4:49 pm

    Hi there, Georgi. Can i get transit plates for a US salvage car that i need to transport into Bulgaria?
    Like, can i submit document copies and have the plates and documents delivered to me?

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      07/01/2021 @ 10:49 pm

      Hi, Fms! You can get transit plates only for traveling in Bulgaria, but not for coming from abroad across border. No online procedure exists for the time being.

      Reply

    • Marc
      21/01/2021 @ 11:27 pm

      Hello again!
      What are the disadvantages?

      Reply

      • gnikolov
        22/01/2021 @ 6:12 pm

        Hello! The disadvantages of what? Please specify your question.

        Reply

  5. Maxime
    31/12/2020 @ 4:33 pm

    Good afternoon,

    It has come to my attention that KAT Sofia will keep the car’s registration certificate when the car is sold or de-registered by the bulgarian seller. What certificate will they issue me for me to be able to register the car in France ? (the seller gives the buyer the car’s registration papers/certificate here in France).

    Happy celebrations,
    Max

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    • gnikolov
      01/01/2021 @ 7:26 pm

      Hello, every new car owner gets new registration certificates on his/her name. KAT keeps the old ones and issues new.

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      • Maxime
        06/01/2021 @ 4:38 pm

        Hi Georgi,

        And can I get transit plate at the very same time I get the new registration certificate under my name ?

        Best regards,
        Max

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        • gnikolov
          06/01/2021 @ 9:00 pm

          Hi, Max! Yes, you can.

  6. Maxime
    28/12/2020 @ 11:49 am

    Hi,
    I am planning on buying a car from a bulgarian private person who’s located in Sofia.
    I am French and live in France, I am not totally certain of all the steps that are required. From what I understood :
    _the sale is to be done in front of a notary (fees will apply but no taxes since it is for export)
    _then I have to get transit plates. I do not speak bulgarian but I believe that you do offer that service, what would be the total price ?
    _drive back to France and register the car there with all the papers (notary signed sale, technical inspection passed in December, etc…)

    Am I right ?

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    • gnikolov
      28/12/2020 @ 4:56 pm

      Hi, Maxime! Do NOT go to a notary if you buy the car for export and you will not be driving it in Bulgaria. The current BG owner has to de-register the car and at the same day you apply for transit plates for export in the car registration office in Sofia. Tell the bg owner to renew insurance for 3 months, this is the cheapest option now in BG and to renew the technical check if it is going to expire soon. You need at least 1 month of valid technical inspection for this car.
      If you need my help, just let me know.
      BR
      Georgi

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      • Maxime
        28/12/2020 @ 8:34 pm

        Thank you for the tips Georgi.
        Do we have to queue (the owner and myself) at KAT so when he de-registers the car we ask for transit plates ?
        The car has passed the technical inspection last month and the insurance runs until may 2021.
        I still need a document that proves that he sold the car to me, what kind of document would that be in that case ?

        Best regards

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        • gnikolov
          29/12/2020 @ 11:07 am

          You are welcome, Maxime! Yes, you have to queue. The owner not, but you as a new owner. Of course without somebody speaking BG language, it will be hard for you to complete the task. Reg the document – after the current owner of the car de-registers it, both sides buyer and seller do a contract for sale of the car but without notary sign and stamp. That will be enough for the export registration. Good luck!
          BR
          Georgi

  7. Mina
    26/12/2020 @ 12:06 am

    I just want ask if can i get a car from UAE
    Its 2017 Kia sportage and its benzine did u know how much i need to pay to register it and pay tax i means the vat here in sofia since i live here and i have a resident permit europ family member

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      26/12/2020 @ 2:55 pm

      Car registration for a car imported from UAE is NOT possible in the whole EU.

      Reply

  8. christine shaw
    02/11/2020 @ 9:11 pm

    thank you for your help , advice and patience

    Reply

  9. christine shaw
    01/11/2020 @ 5:32 pm

    they did a tecknicall test (our MOT ) at kat when it was plated and registered with eco tax etc….in your experience do you think I need to change the seats …as in legality and insurance

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    • gnikolov
      02/11/2020 @ 10:59 am

      Leave it for now. It is expensive and time-consuming procedure.

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      • christine shaw
        02/11/2020 @ 2:08 pm

        I appreciate that …and I really dont want to do it…but I still dont know if the document is legal or not

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        • gnikolov
          02/11/2020 @ 6:53 pm

          The registration certificate does not correspond to the real number of seats in the car. Therefore, there is an issue if somebody stops you for control but the chance this to happen is 1 in a Million.

  10. Christine shaw
    31/10/2020 @ 9:44 am

    I recently bought a second hand imported car from a dealer in Varna….they dealt with all necessary at KAT ,I have just noticed on the large and small talon the section relating to people (S1 ) states 1+1 instead of 4+1 ….do I need to get these changed as obviously a typo error…thank yo u

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    • gnikolov
      31/10/2020 @ 9:46 am

      Is the car registered as N1 or M1? What is the brand and the model?

      Reply

      • christine shaw
        31/10/2020 @ 10:48 am

        on talon under N1 it says…910…cant see anything under M…is that what you mean…its a Daihatsu Terios…..sorry for long reply to you timewise…my internet keeps coming and going !!

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        • gnikolov
          31/10/2020 @ 12:36 pm

          Tell me what is the code on point J in the reg.document please.

      • christine shaw
        31/10/2020 @ 8:19 pm

        on ( j )M1G

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        • gnikolov
          01/11/2020 @ 3:29 pm

          Chaning the number of seats has to happen as folling: 1) you have to pass Technotest first and get the protocol. Then you go to Automotive Administration in Varna, pay the tax and wait 7-10 working days for the document approval. Then you go back to KAT for chaning the number of seats. It is expensive and time consuming procedure. If you don’t necessary need the change, don’t bother with this topic.
          BR
          Georgi

  11. Thiry j
    10/10/2020 @ 11:36 am

    Hello. I have a problem with the company vehicle. a mercedes ml. i am for a job in belgium. the car has a huge oil leak problem. the garage tells me that it will be very expensive. my question is: how can i sell the car registered in bulgaria in belgium on site? i have to take the 2 plates? what paper? how to do ?

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    • gnikolov
      11/10/2020 @ 2:57 pm

      Hello! Yes, right, you have to keep the both plates and the papers, de-register the car in Bulgaria and then you can sell it with a usual contract for sale. I can assist you with this remotely. You only have to send me the papers and the plates via courier together with a PoA and then I can de-register and send you the papers back. Do not hesitate to contact me again. Thanks!
      BR
      Georgi

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  12. Marc
    20/09/2020 @ 11:47 pm

    Hello!
    I would like to ask how to register the car in company name (That will be my Company).
    What are the nesassory documents to register it?
    So i am foreigner and i don’t have Bulgarian ID at the moment, only Passport from my own country.
    Thanks in advance

    Reply

    • gnikolov
      21/09/2020 @ 9:10 pm

      Hi, Marc! Do you buy a car which is already registered in Bulgaria or you are going to buy a car without registration from a car dealer?

      Reply

  13. Михаил
    17/09/2020 @ 10:34 am

    Big thanks to guys from car-help for their job! They are fast and reliable, it was a pleasure to use their service. Highly recommended!

    Reply

  14. Kevin
    25/06/2020 @ 12:29 pm

    Hi. I have a Bulgarian ID card and I live in Burgas. I would like to buy a Bulgarian car and drive it in Bulgaria for a year or two. Can you help to explain the process of purchase and registration as a foreigner and if you have a service to assist with this? Kind regards.

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    • gnikolov
      26/06/2020 @ 8:14 am

      Hi, Kevin! Look for a car with bulgarian registartion, the best is to be registered in Burgas. This will mean less bureaucracy for you later. When you find the car, you have to go to a notary with the seller. At the notary he gives you the papers of the car, the insurance, the state tax and you pay him the money for the car. After that you have to go to KAT Burgas with the papers of the car in order to transfer the ownership on your name. You have 30 days to do this. Meanwhile you are allowed to drive the car as well. Be aware to have all the time valid technical check and valid insurance. If you drive outside of the city, you need a vignette as well. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Good luck!
      BR
      Georgi

      Reply

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