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How to buy a car in the Netherlands?

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How to buy a car in the Netherlands?

How to buy a car in the Netherlands? Although the most preferred means of transportation in the Netherlands is the bicycle, you may want to go on long trips with your family and friends, and to visit the Dutch countryside. 

In this article, we will look for the answer to the question of how to buy a car in the Netherlands, which will give you the freedom to go wherever you want.

Buying your car in cash may be the first option. However, even if you do not have cash, you can take out a loan from banks or automobile companies with favorable payment terms three months after obtaining a residence permit in the Netherlands  .

How to buy a new car in the Netherlands, how to buy a car in the Netherlands?

Since it is new, it is more expensive to buy a new car in the Netherlands. In addition, the newly purchased car has to pay the Passenger Car Special Consumption Tax (BPM) to the first person to buy the car (or the first person to export it to the Netherlands), which makes the newly purchased car more expensive. 

New car prices in the Netherlands vary according to the segment of the car. Therefore, you have the chance to buy a new car for 10 thousand euros or for 150 thousand euros.

Buying a used car in the Netherlands, how to buy a car in the Netherlands?

The question that arises when buying a used car in the Netherlands is as in other countries: ‘How do I really know if the car is good?’ With the license plate registration of the car you will buy on the RDW website, you can get the damage status and data about the previous owners of the car. 

There are many websites where you can buy used cars in the Netherlands: Marktplaats , Bynco , Wijkopenautos . 

How does the process?

If you are wondering how to buy a car in the Netherlands, the purchasing process works as follows:

Register your car

Just like residence registration, when you buy a car in the Netherlands, you have to notify the authorities. Vehicle registration is done by the General Directorate of Highways (RDW). When your vehicle is registered, you get a registration card in the form of a credit card, called  kentekenbewijs .

Road tax 

After you register your car, you will be automatically subject to motorrijtuigenbelasting road tax. Road tax depends on your car and where you live. You can check the Belastingdienst website for the estimated road tax. 

Vehicle inspection in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands you have to have your vehicle inspected every 1 or 2 years. The APK named inspection is very detailed, but still not very expensive. The frequency of the inspection, which you can find even for 30 euros, varies according to the type of your vehicle and how long the vehicle has been on the road.

Car insurance in the Netherlands 

Your car insurance in the Netherlands must be at least Third Party Liability Insurance. Third Party Financial Liability Insurance covers the claims of damages and losses that third parties may claim due to bodily and material losses as a result of unexpected and sudden events. Some of the car insurance companies in the Netherlands are: Centraal Beheer , FBTO , ANWB , ABN-AMRO , Ditzo , HEMA Verzekeringen .

If it is vehicle inspection, the sites you can compare are: Pricewise ,  Independer , and  United Consumers . 

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming

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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020

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Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.

It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.

About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.

So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.

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Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport

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Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.

Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.

Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.

The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.

Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.

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