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Sophia Antipolis - Buying a car

If you wish to buy a new vehicle, most car dealers are located in Cannes (avenue Carnot). Buying a new car means that car dealers do all the paperwork for you. In the unlikely event that this does not happen, for registering a new car, you will need :
- Proof of residence and identity
- The "cession" certificate
- The "carte grise"

You might want to consider the option of buying  your car tax free if you are eligible.

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. You do not need to pay VAT on a used vehicle.

Technical control :

To get a better idea of the market prices of cars, buy the magazine "Argus" which lists the value of all types of cars.

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