Buying a vehicle in an EU country other than Austria

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General information

When buying used vehiclesVAT is payable directly to the dealer abroad. This means that no VAT is due in Austria.

When buying new vehicles, it is not usually necessary to pay VAT to the dealer abroad, but a purchase tax will be payable in Austria.

In both cases, before registering the vehicle in Austria you must pay the standard fuel consumption tax (NOVA) (→ USP) to your local tax officeGerman text.

Further information about tax office competencies can be found at USP.gv.at.

You should receive the following documents from the seller:

  • purchase contract or summary invoice
  • vehicle documents (original copy of the foreign approval document)
  • completed warranty card, service record book, operating instructions
  • foreign type-approval, vehicle registration document or similar
  • EU certificate of conformity (COC document)

Tip

If the vehicle is being purchased privately, it is advisable to have an attestation of signatureGerman text drawn up for the purchase contract in the country of purchase (e.g. by a court or notary).

As the EU is a Customs Union, no customs duties are payable when importing vehicles (e.g. cars or motorcycles) from other EU countries.

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 1 January 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Finance