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Paris - Owning a car

Bying a car

  • If you decide to buy a second-hand car, you must get a document called "contrôle technique. If the car is over four years, it  must pass some technical controls. These technical test are compulsory for private and commercial vehicles under 3.5 tones over four years old. It must be dated less than 6 month.
    Technical control
    website: http://www.finances.gouv.fr/DGCCRF/consommation/ficonso/C15.htm
  • To get a better idea of the market prices of cars, I advice you to buy the magazine "Argus" which lists the value of all types of cars.
    If you want to buy a new car, go to the car dealers.
  • For registering a new car, you will those documents:
    - Proof of residence and identity
    - The "cession" certificate
    - The "carte grise"
    Most of the time car dealers do all the paperwork for you ! However for more details see the chapter "selling a car".

Car loans

  • You can obtain good loans from some insurance companies. Insurance companies offer as banks car loans because or they have got a bank activity or they work closely with some banks. Otherwise ask different banks for car's loans.

Car registration

  • All cars are registrated at the "Prefecture" you depend. You must have a grey card for your car. This one is delivered by the "Préfecture". It contains different information and also the registration number of your car.
  • For having more information concerning the documents you need in the case of selling or buying a car see above.

Leasing a car

  • If you decide to lease a car,  it means paying a certain amount each month without owning the car afterwards. This amount includes the insurance, the repairs and a new car in case of a problem! All car-vendors propose this type of purchase.

Selling a car

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