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Old 23rd November 2017, 02:46 PM
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Users Flag! Originally from canada. Users Flag! Expat in canada.

For the last time, VAT is not an issue. You are buying an export vehicle that comes with special permission to do a few laps of the Autobahn before it goes on the boat. VAT does not apply. (Instead, you will be paying any local US taxes and fees because you are buying it through a US dealer.)

Also, the rule you quoted is the definition of a new vs. used vehicle for VAT purposes, and has nothing to do with how long you stay in Europe or how much driving you do. Your vehicle would be brand new and (presumably) subject to VAT if it were a normal sale to a local resident, which it is not; since you cannot sell it yourself prior to departure, the rest of the VAT rules are not relevant.

Please, no further discussion of VAT!

Originally Posted by Biochemlab View Post
I imagine renting a car for 6 months is nearly as expensive as buying a porsche, LOL!
Actually there are lease deals that can be quite reasonable. I know nothing of this except that a family friend on sabbatical in France a decade ago had a new or near-new car for a year and was pleasantly surprised by how little he spent. It wasn't a Porsche, mind you, but wasn't the cheapest thing on the lot either.

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