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How easy is it to sell an American-made car in Portugal?  


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Hi all. We are thinking that when we move from Germany to Portugal that we will drive. It appears to be a 3-day drive through France and Spain according to Google maps. We currently have two cars, an American Chevrolet SUV and a European-spec Toyota Yarus. We are thinking the Yarus would be best there, but it is very small and we would not be able to bring much luggage with us. So we are considering possibly driving both vehicles there then selling the American SUV once we arrive. How easy or difficult would it be to sell that vehicle once it is registered? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Hello @bdgfn

I cannot answer your specific question but it might be worth looking through the below site to see if you can find comparable vehicles for sale in Portugal. Hope this is helpful.

https://www.standvirtual.com/

Regards

Gerry

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@gerry Thank you, Gerry. I took a quick look and did not see anything resembling my vehicle but I will look further. Much appreciated!

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If you sell a non Portuguese registered car in Portugal you are classed as having imported it.  If you get caught out doing so you would be liable for the iSV that would have been due (a lot of Euros) on importing a car.

If your 2 cars are not registered to the same person, and you and your wife/husband have owned them for more than 6 months in Germany you could import both to Portugal using the ISV exemption applicable to new residents. If you do that you can't sell them within a year or you would have to pay the ISV that would have been due, but after that year is up you'd make a very healthy profit.

Failing that, the only legal option is to drive it back to Germany and sell it.

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@old-bloke Thank you, that is very helpful information indeed!

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