We have experience with clients from Europe because we know how this process works within the EU. We are definitely open to importing cars from other places so feel free to send us a message if you need some help.
Do you only work with people who are moving to Portugal?
We mostly work with people who are moving from another country to Portugal. People who move to Portugal can import one car (per person) tax free. Importing tax free quite a bit more complicated than a normal import. We can also assist in importing your car if yours is not eligible for tax free import. Please send us a message if that is you!
We do not import cars to other countries than Portugal.
Is the import completely tax free?
Most of the tax you pay for the import are ISV and VAT (these are the taxes we target with this service). If your car is eligible for tax free import, we can help with that. There are still a few smaller fees in the process, for registration and your licence plates.
How do I know if my car is eligible for tax free import?
In general the rules are: - you can import one car tax free (per person) if you are moving to Portugal; - you have to have owned the car for at least six months before moving to Portugal; - you have to import the car within one year of (formally) moving to Portugal; - you have to have proof of living in your previous country for at least 6 consecutive months.
It all depends on your situation if the car can be imported without paying taxes. We will make an estimate before starting the process but it is up to you to deliver the documents required by customs.
How much money can I save by importing tax free?
Depending on your car, the fuel, its size and other details you would have to pay a certain amount of tax. The types of tax to be paid are VAT and ISV (vehicle tax).
Usually bigger, heavier diesel cars are most expensive. A car that is worth a couple thousand euros can even cost 10 to 20 thousand in import. With small cars, the taxes are a lot lower.
Interestingly the European Commission considers Portugal's import vehicle import tax scheme to be illegal. See this article for more information.
All we can do is avoid these taxes together as much as we can!
What kind of proof of living from my previous country do I need?
In general you will need the following documents: - proof of income; - proof of payment of utility bills, such as electricity or water; - proof of rent or a mortgage payments.
If you don't have these we could work with other kinds of proof such as bank statements. You will need documents for 6 consecutive months. These months need to fall within a 12 month window, prior to moving to Portugal.
What does the process look like with the Basic Package?
The package consists of 3 video calls (audio is also possible if you prefer). During the first call I will explain all you need to know to get started with step 1. You can ask any questions you have. After this call I will send you all the documents you need, including additional information, and tips. You can then start the process.
When you are done with Step 1 we will schedule another call for step 2. I will then guide you through the customs application. After the call I will send you all the documentation and other information. You are now ready to for your customs application.
After your car is approved by customs we will schedule the 3rd call. I will show you how to register your car with the Portuguese vehicle authorities, including registration, road taxes and getting your licence plates.
The calls generally last between 30 and 60 minutes and I will make sure you have all the time you need to ask questions.
What does the process look like with the Extended Package?
With this package, we will do part of the process for you. We will start with 1 video call (audio is also possible if you prefer). During this call I will explain the process to you.
After this call you will gather all the necessary information for the import and send it to us. When we have received the information we will start application process.
When we have completed most of steps 1 and 2 we will have another call to explain the rest of the process. We cannot do everything from a distance so you will have to do a few things yourself. This includes getting a car inspection and getting the licence plates made. We will make sure you know how to do this, so it won't be difficult.
How do payments work?
With the Basic Package, we will do 1 payment for each video call.
With the Extended Package, we will do 1 payment before we start your application and 1 payment after the application is finished.
Payments can be made to a Portuguese account, a Dutch account or PayPal.
What if we need more help?
We are happy to discuss the possibilities if you need additional assistance. Please send us a message and we will get back to you.