Buy in Europe

Find and buy directly on the largest European used car market

Where can I buy and what do I need to know?

BCA organizes auctions at 50 auction locations in 10 countries: Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. With a daily European offer of approximately 5000 vehicles, you will always find what you are looking for.

If you want to buy in one of the auctions in another BCA country, please check the rules of the relevant country beforehand: things like buyer fees, transport and/or other services can differ per country. Below you will find all the information you need to know before you can buy abroad.

Find auctions

Look for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, passenger buses, trucks, motorcycles or ex-lease vehicles? In our various auctions you will find a large European range. Many of our buying customers already benefit from this on a daily basis; a perfect way to keep your used stock up to date!

An overview of the most important European auctions can be found here in the BCA Buyer's Guide.

European auctions

Vehicle descriptions

The way in which vehicles are described differs per country. Some countries carry out a technical inspection, other countries only describe optical damage. That is why it is important to take a critical look at each vehicle and pay attention to the following factors:

Various downloadable documents

Directly below the brand + type you will find a bar where you can click a number of buttons. So-called “external documents” are often added here. These can be technical reports or other vehicle specific information. By opening and reading them all, you won't miss any important information.


You will occasionally find the “remarks” field in the vehicle description. This can often contain relevant information about the vehicle.

Do you have any specific questions about a vehicle? On the right side of the vehicle description, you will find contact information of the country organizing the auction. Feel free to contact them. 

Additional costs

The amount of additional costs differs per BCA country. Therefore, check in advance which costs will be charged for your purchase abroad.

Buyer fees & export- and transport costs

For all additional buyer, export and transport costs, please refer to the page of the country in which you want to buy. You can select the country there. You can also read about how transport and sending documents are arranged in that specific country.

In case of The Netherlands:

Luxury Tax

If you bought a vehicle from The Netherlands, Dutch fiscal laws state what needs to happen if you want to export the car out of The Netherlands. Luxury Tax is placed on certain cars. Criteria for Luxury Tax are the type of vehicle, the NL registration date and the amount of CO2 emission. For an indication of the Luxury Tax, you can use our new Luxury Tax calculator. Please note: this Luxury Tax calculation is only an indication.


BCA Netherlands invoices EU foreign buyers without VAT. Non-EU Buyers will receive invoices including VAT. The VAT will be automatically transferred back when the car crosses EU borders and Ex.1 is scanned. For more information, we advise you to contact the Tax Authorities or your accountant.

Put on a Dutch license plate

1. RDW inspection appointment

You will have to make an inspection appointment with the RDW to be able to get a Dutch registration on your purchase. In most cases you will then have to go to an inspection station. You will find more information about this on the RDW website:

2. Luxury Tax declaration

If your purchase has been approved by the RDW, you will receive a “Form for Luxury Tax declaration” after inspection. You can then use this document to complete the Luxury Tax declaration form. You can find this form on the website of the Tax Authorities. When filling out this Luxury Tax declaration form, you will also have to enter a Luxury Tax amount, which you can calculate using our Luxury Tax Calculator. If you would like an accurate Luxury Tax calculation based on a price list declaration or valuation report, please contact

You then send forms to the Tax Authorities by post, or you submit the documents by hand at one of the RDW inspection stations.

3. Payment request Luxury Tax amount

As soon as the Tax and Customs Administration has received your tax return, they will send you an e-mail requesting payment of the Luxury Tax amount.

4. Order the license plates

As soon as you have paid the Luxury Tax amount to the Tax Authorities, you will receive a form from the RDW called “Confirmation of registration”. This form confirms that all obligations have been met and the codes found on the form allow you to order number plates.

5. 1st ascription

Do you have an RDW recognized company? Then the imported vehicle has probably been placed in your company stock. In order to subsequently be able to trade with the vehicle, a 1st registration will always have to take place. Without this 1st registration, the vehicle is blocked and cannot change owner.

Do you not have an RDW recognized company? Then the imported vehicle is registered in your (company) name. This means you can drive the vehicle on public roads.

Any questions?

Our professional import and export team will be happy to assist you with all questions regarding the import and export process of vehicles and, if desired, assist you with arranging the necessary documents and inspections as well. Let Alice Schuurman, our International Buyer Manager, inform you or call +31 6 83 11 05 63.

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Our registration process is designed so that you only have to register once. Then, you will be able to buy anywhere in Europe. Don't wait any longer and start today.