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We will be relocating to North France very soon and plan to purchase a car from a local dealership. Can anyone shed some light on the fees attached to car cost there such as tax, title, license, etc? Thanks!

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We will be relocating to North France very soon and plan to purchase a car from a local dealership. Can anyone shed some light on the fees attached to car cost there such as tax, title, license, etc? Thanks!
By "North France" do you mean the departement of "Nord"? This would be the area around Lille. (It gets confusing in French, too - my husband is from there and it took me quite a while to get used to how they refer to that area.)

The dealership will be able to tell you about their charges for registering the car for you. The main thing isn't really the fees and taxes, but rather the documents you'll need to provide (i.d., proof of residence, etc.). When I bought a used car from a dealer last time, there weren't any additional fees - everything was included in the selling price of the car. There is VAT on a new car, but again, that has to be included in the price they quote you.

As far as "license" is concerned - your driving licenses are one thing, while the "license plates" (plaques d'immatriculation) are again, generally provided by the dealership in the case of a new car purchase. If you buy used, you keep the plates already on the car and they simply process a change of registration for you. But through a dealer, the process is quite simple (other than the raft of documentation you need - sometimes a bit tricky for a new arrival).
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If you buy a new car you will probably have "delivery charges" on the bill...ask the dealer, they are not usually wanting to deceive you. I really don't understand delivery charges for cars...there is no such charge for a tin of peas in the supermarket.

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Buy something "nearly new" rather than brand new

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@bevdeforges Yes, sorry, I meant Lille. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

We will be buying a used vehicle. What documentation did they require from you? Proof of residence as in an address or visa? We would like to buy a vehicle just after we arrive, but will be staying in an AirBnB until we find a home. Thank you for all of your help!

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Not so sure.

Depends on how nearly new it is.

They will make you deals with brand new that make it better value than a nearly new once everything is taken into consideration.

DO NOT BUY DIESEL !

BUY AT THE END OF A QUARTER.

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Not so sure.

Depends on how nearly new it is.

They will make you deals with brand new that make it better value than a nearly new once everything is taken into consideration.

DO NOT BUY DIESEL !

BUY AT THE END OF A QUARTER.
Unless you can get a demonstrator with low kilometres and say only 3 or so months off the warranty.

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We will be buying a used vehicle. What documentation did they require from you? Proof of residence as in an address or visa? We would like to buy a vehicle just after we arrive, but will be staying in an AirBnB until we find a home. Thank you for all of your help!
OK, this is where you may run into some problems with the registration process. If the dealer wants to sell the car, they are very likely to try to help you work through it.

Yes, you do need "proof of residence" as in an address - usually validated by a signed lease or a utility bill. They really do "need" a valid residential address for you, as that's where any tickets or fines will be sent to you if you're "flashed" on the roads for a violation.

You'll also need to have arranged insurance before you can drive the car off the lot. And some insurers are fussier than others about your need to have a French driving license.

Next thing to check is whether you have an exchangeable license or not. If so, you have until the first expiration of your "titre de séjour" to make the exchange. But, that can require another round of documents (including something that shows that you were actually resident in the state your US license is from).

You may want to look into renting a car at least for your first month or two in France. You'll need the time to get your various documents and immigration papers sorted out - and then those will definitely come in handy for the car purchase and registration process.

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DO NOT BUY DIESEL !
Diesel engined cars are still a good idea if you intend to drive a lot, so long as they are Euro 6 standard. Since a diesel engine usually cost at least 1000€ more than a petrol one you have to factor that into the future running costs of your car.

While diesel and essence (petrol/gasoline) are slowly coming together price-wise a diesel engine will still get you more miles/gallon (km/litre).

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OK, this is where you may run into some problems with the registration process. If the dealer wants to sell the car, they are very likely to try to help you work through it.

Yes, you do need "proof of residence" as in an address - usually validated by a signed lease or a utility bill. They really do "need" a valid residential address for you, as that's where any tickets or fines will be sent to you if you're "flashed" on the roads for a violation.

You'll also need to have arranged insurance before you can drive the car off the lot. And some insurers are fussier than others about your need to have a French driving license.

Next thing to check is whether you have an exchangeable license or not. If so, you have until the first expiration of your "titre de séjour" to make the exchange. But, that can require another round of documents (including something that shows that you were actually resident in the state your US license is from).

You may want to look into renting a car at least for your first month or two in France. You'll need the time to get your various documents and immigration papers sorted out - and then those will definitely come in handy for the car purchase and registration process.
Check into Peugeot Auto Europe. It's a long term (21-125 days) lease-with-buy-back program that gives you a new car with full insurance, Europe-wide waranty and break-down cover with no VAT payable at a very competitive price. A Peugeot 2008 (auto/gps/110hp/GTline specs) will cost you around $500/month.

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