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Thing to Know Before Purchasing a Vehicle in Turkey

There is no legal barrier for foreigners to purchase vehicles in Turkey. If you have a valid identity document issued by the General Directorate of Migration Management of the Republic of Turkey and you have a foreign identity number starting with 99, you can legally purchase a vehicle in Turkey. However, you should have a valid driver’s license to drive in the borders of Turkey. If you have come to Turkey from another country, you can legally drive for a maximum of 6 months from your entry date. At the end of six months, if you want to continue driving legally in Turkey, you must apply to the nearest Traffic Registration Branch and change your driver’s license. Please note that during this application process, you may be asked for extra documents other than your current driver’s license.

How can Foreigners Purchase a Vehicle in Turkey?

Foreigners living in Turkey can purchase vehicles in two different ways. The first of these is the foreign-to-foreign vehicle application, known as a blue plate vehicle. The second method is that foreigners, just like Turkish citizens, can buy new or second-hand vehicles directly from the dealer. Foreigners legally residing in Turkey can purchase a vehicle in Turkey if they have a valid foreign identification number. Vehicle purchase and sale transactions in Turkey are carried out through notaries. You must make the payment for the vehicle in the presence of a notary public, and during the sale process, any debt, deprivation of rights, etc. in the vehicle you will buy. You should also ask if there is a legal obstacle. If you are notified by the notary that there is any problem in the sale, you can complete the purchase by making the payment. In addition, it is useful to check the accuracy of the information about you and your vehicle at the stage of issuing the license. In case of any dispute, you can apply to the courts.

The Responsibilities Regarding Their Vehicles of Foreigners

When you purchase a vehicle in Turkey, certain taxes must be paid and insurance must be made in full. Compulsory traffic insurance and vehicle inspection must be made within the legal processes and the Motor Vehicle Tax of the vehicle must be paid on time. Let us remind you that situations such as not completing the legal obligations on time may result in possible administrative fines and even being banned from traffic. You must definitely go out to traffic by completing your legal obligations.

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