Buying a Used Car

Note: Every copy needs to be signed!

The buyer and seller must provide the following documents:

•   The vehicle's Blue Book (cars), or Green Book (motorcycles)
•   Signed copies of the owner AND buyer’s personal documents:

For Foreigners

Passport: copies of the photograph page, current visa page (if you are leaving the country and consigning the
car with us, once you leave the country, copy, sign, then scan your departure stamp and email it to us), and tm card.
AND (usually for buyer only, but extra paperwork makes it easier depending on the DLT officer)

Work Permit:
copies of every page (with writing) of your work permit.
OR
Certificate or Letter of Residence
issued by Thai Immigration or Embassy.

Documents required for certificate of residence application:

1.        Rental Contract OR House Title along with owner’s ID card.
2.        2 photos (2”x2”)
3.        Passport: copies of the photograph page, current visa page, and tm card.

For Thais

1.  ID card (Baht Pracha Chon) – copies of front and back.
2.  House Registration Document (Tabien Baan)
3.  Name changes/Divorce papers if applicable

If Buying or Selling in a Company/Foundation name:

Note: Every copy needs to be signed by all committee members and stamped with the company/ foundation stamp
(including transfer form)

Company/ Foundation Registration Papers – with stamp on every page
Committee Member(s) individual documents (see required personal documents for Foreigners and Thais above)

All transfer, registration, and road tax costs are double if a car is registered in a company name.

Unless a Power of Attorney and Transfer of ownership forms are signed, both parties must go to the Land Transport Office
to complete the transfer of ownership. The officers will check to make sure that engine and body numbers match the Title
book, and check to make sure that it has undergone a road-worthiness test (for vehicles over seven years old). If you have
not already done this, it can be carried out at inspection centers (Tor.Ror.Or.) around the city.

Title Document (Lem Tabian):

The Blue registration book that comes with every used vehicle contains all the details about the vehicle as well as the
previous owners, taxes paid, changes that have been made to the vehicle such as paint color or engine, etc. Financiers
will hold onto the registration book until all money has been paidBuying & Selling a Car in Thailand

Tax and Government Insurance
All vehicles must display a road tax sticker which must be renewed annually. Costs vary from 600-6000 THB. per year
depending on engine size and vehicle type. Four door trucks and SUV’s will incur a luxury tax. In order to get this sticker
you must also buy the government’s compulsory insurance called Por.Ror.Bo which covers the medical expenses of the
other party involved in an accident (costs about 900 THB.)

Insurance
Compulsory Motor Insurance (CMI or Por Ror Bor) also must be bought from the DLT, the car dealership or an insurance
company. CMI must be renewed annually.Three additional levels of motor vehicle insurance are available in Thailand, 1st
Class, 2nd Class and 3rd Class. The three levels indicate level of coverage with 1st Class being fully comprehensive.


                    Buying a New Car

Buying a New Car
There are a wide number of car dealerships in Thailand. Cars manufactured in Thailand have a much lower rate of tax
added than imported cars and are often good value compared to luxury imported vehicles.

For the locations of
DLT offices in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya: Click Here

For the location of DLT office in Chiang Mai  Click Here

Those who are not Thai citizens need to produce the following paperwork for the DLT with copies:

1.  Current passport
2.  Non-immigrant visa
3.  Work Permit or Certificate or Letter of Residence issued by Thai Immigration or the Embassy

A temporary black text on red number plate will be issued, which will be replaced by a black text on white permanent plate
when the registration process is completed. This should take only a week but can take as long as six weeks, depending on
how quickly the car dealership submits the paperwork and the DLT processes it.

The Blue Book (Lem Tabian)

The new owner will be issued with proof of ownership documents in the form of a registration book called the Blue Book
(Lem Tabian) which includes the owner's name and address. If a car is bought with a loan then the finance company will
keep the Blue Book until all monies have been paid; the new owner will be issued with a copy of the Blue Book.

A window sticker will also be provided by the DLT that indicates that the annual tax has been paid.

Insurance

Compulsory Motor Insurance (CMI or Por Ror Bor) also must be bought from:
The DLT,
The car dealership
Or an insurance company.

CMI must be renewed annually.

Three additional levels of motor vehicle insurance are available in Thailand, 1st Class, 2nd Class and 3rd Class. The three
levels indicate level of coverage with 1st Class being fully comprehensive
.

Insuring a Vehicle in Thailand   
CLICK HERE

Insurance Companies in Thailand   CLICK HERE

Car Tax  (See below Renewing Car Tax)

All cars must display a tax sticker on the windscreen as proof that car tax has been paid. When a car is bought the tax
sticker stays on the window and remains valid until it expires regardless of the owner of the car. Tax must be paid annually

               Buying a Used Car

There is a large used car market in Thailand. Classified sections of local and national newspapers (printed and online)
have private advertisements and there are also some online forums. Although most of these are in Thai they are a good
source of vehicle values and what types of vehicles are available.

All used cars are accompanied by their registration book, Blue Book (Lem Tabian), which shows the owner's name and
address. This book also contains information on the previous owners and will show whether all taxes have been paid on
the vehicle. However, finance companies keep this Blue Book until the car has been paid for in its entirety, so if the seller
cannot provide this Blue Book the buyer needs to ensure that any monies due on the car have been paid.

Transferring ownership of a used vehicle is similar to buying a new vehicle. The purchaser and the seller must both
complete the transfer of ownership at their local DLT office, although the seller can give power of attorney to a third party.

NOTE:  The DLT will check the engine and chassis serial number to make sure the car has not been stolen,
so it is strongly recommended that money is exchanged only after this has been checked
.

The buyer and seller must provide the following documents:

1.  Signed copy of the previous owner's passport, visa and work permit or a Certificate or Letter of Residence issued
by Thai Immigration or their Embassy
2.  The vehicle's Blue Book
3.  Signed copy of the buyer's passport, visa and work permit or a Certificate of Residence issued by Thai Immigration
or their Embassy
4.  If the car is over seven years old, an up-to-date tax sticker will prove that it has passed the road worthiness test
If either the previous owner or purchaser is Thai they have to provide an ID card and House Registration  
Document (Tabien Baan)

NOTE:   As all documents will be in Thai it is advisable to have them all thoroughly checked by a Thai-speaker
or solicitor and the relevant authorities before making payment for any used vehicle.

Selling a Car

The procedure for selling a used car in Thailand is similar to the one for buying one and is completed at the local DLT
office.

The following methods can be used to advertise a used car for sale:

1.  Local newspaper classifieds, e.g. Bangkok Post, Phuket Gazette, Pattaya Mail
2.  Online forums, for example Thaicar.com
3.  Dealers (will offer low price)
4.  Place a sign on the vehicle and leave it in a well trafficked area

The seller must provide signed ownership documents

1.  The Blue Book
2.   A passport,
3.   Visa
4.   Work permit or a Certificate or Letter of Residence issued by Thai Immigration or their Embassy.
5.   If the previous owner is Thai they have to provide an ID card and House Registration Documents.

If the car is over seven years old it must have passed a road worthiness test. If the car has an up-to-date tax
sticker this will prove that the road worthiness test has been carried out.

Normally the buyer and seller complete the transfer of ownership paperwork together at the local DLT office,
but it is possible to give power of attorney to a third party.

               Buying a Motorbike

NOTE:  For detailed Instructions from a Foreigner who bought a Motorbike on November 4, 2014   CLICK HERE

The procedures for buying or selling new or used motorbikes is now carried out at the tax office on road #106 (Lamphun
road) and not at te Land Transportation Office . The paperwork required is similar, although a tourist visa will be accepted
for those who have a Certificate of Residence issued by Thai Immigration or their Embassy.

Owners will be issued with a registration book (Green Book) when the paperwork is complete.

If a motorbike is over five years old it must have passed a road worthiness test. If the motorbike has an up-to-date tax
sticker this will prove that the road worthiness test has been carried out.

Importing a New or Used Vehicle

Privately importing either a new or used vehicle into Thailand is expensive. The import taxes total around 200 percent of
the car's value making this exercise very expensive.

See Registering a Foreign Vehicle in Thailand  
 CLICK HERE

Further Information

Vehicle Road worthiness in Thailand   CLICK HERE



Most of the information above is from the website of Angloinfo  Click Here


                                   Renewing Car Tax  

If you did not received the form from your financial institution, you can download the form here
Motor Tax Renewal Form (RD 100A)   
CLICK HERE
NOTE:   DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO REGISTER CHANGES OF OWNERSHIP

Options to Renew

1.  You can renew your Tax Online.  Here's the link if you can figure out how to do it (It's in Thai)
https://www.dlte-serv.in.th/dltWeb/    Click on User Manual (It's in Thai)

2.  
Land Transport Office (Hang Dong Road)          
Chiang Mai Land Transport Office has opened its counter service at the GCS to provide
unofficial service hours for the public to pay their car and motorcycle taxes. The counter service
is available between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day
Paperwork required:
1.  Car or motorcycle registration books
2.  Car insurance
3.  Car check inspection for cars over seven years old and motorcycles over five years old
.

Tax payment service is available for vehicles registered within Chiang Mai only. For further information,
please contact the office at 053-270412 (in Tha
i).

3.  You can pay at the Post Office  (this option submitted by a British Expat)
Documents required:
2 envelopes (bought at the post office for 6BHT)
The blue book
Original compulsory Insurance certificate with the tear-off section at the bottom
Money
They send everything off to the DLT, including the blue book, (so make sure you have a
photocopy to keep in the meantime), but you get back the insurance certificate.  
There are no   forms to fill out and you do not need to speak Thai.  It took only 5 minutes.
you can carry around the receipt given to you at the post office as proof that you have
purchased tax, until the new sticker arrives.

4.  If the car is financed, there's the option of dropping off the money and insurance paperwork
with the finance company (as they hold the blue book), let them pay the tax and send the sticker
and receipt back to you. Apparently this is recommended since the LTO stamp 'tax paid' annually
in the blue book

About 2 weeks later you will receive the tax sticker and your blue book back through the post.

5.  As of January 2012, You can now pay your annual vehicle tax by using any of the following
Bank channels: Direct Debit cards, credit cards, ATM, Internet banking and over the counter
service at banks nationwide. You can pay annual taxes for cars, vans, pick-up trucks, and
motorcycles registered in any province in Thailand. Interested vehicle owners can apply for the
service at the bank or log in via the Department of Land Transportation website
http://www.dlte-serv.in.th.

6. Government Counter Service (GCS) at Central Airport

Chiang Mai Land Transport Office has opened its counter service at the GCS to provide unofficial
service hours for the public to pay their car and motorcycle taxes.   The counter service is on the
2nd floor and close to Tokyo Optic shop. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays

Paperwork required:
1.  Car or motorcycle registration books
2.  Car insurance
3.  Car checking reference for cars over seven years old and motorcycles over five years old.

Tax payment service is available for vehicles registered within Chiang Mai only. For further
information, please contact the office at 053-270412 (in Thai).

7.  
Tumbon Nong Hoi  (Information and Pictures submitted by Gary Labouseur)

There's a drive-thru office set up for that in Tumbon Nong Hoi across the road junction from the
Holiday Inn (Sheraton, Westin!).  

It's on Chiang mai - Lamphun Rd. (if you come from the North )
It 's on your left hand and opposite to the Holiday inn hotel.
Actually before the 3 intersection you will see the entrance on you left.

It's way easy. Cross Nawarat Bridge going East. Turn South past Dukes about three kilometers
down from the bridge you enter an alley of beautiful tall old trees. It's on the left just past a light.
You actually can't miss it. It would be clever to turn first into the inspection place next door, as
there is a lot of traffic at that light and going back even next door, means getting back out on     
that busy street. (There is a wall between the inspection place and the tax place - see photo).



8.  7-11  (Submitted by an Expat)
7/11 is now doing this service. I saw the sign at the counter of the car tax stamp and inquired.
Just need to bring in the book and they can sell you parabor (compulsory insurance) and well
as the yearly tax fee. Pretty sure your vehicle must be under 5 years (7 for car) for them to b
able to handle it.

Car Safety check (If car is over 7 years old - Motorcycle 5 years old)

In Thailand it is standard for all cars that are more than 7 years old and motorbikes that are more than 5 years
old to be tested each year for road worthiness.
 CLICK HERE For details
Don's Life In Thailand (Chiang Mai)
Requirements for Buying/Selling a Car In Thailand
(Updated November 2014)

Buying a Used Car
Buying a New Car
Buying a Motorbike
Renewing the Car Tax
Motor Tax Renewal Form
Car Safety Check (If car is over 7 years old)
Motorbike Safety Check (If Motorbike is over 5 years old)

While renting and driving a car in Bangkok borders on suicide, renting your own transport in Chiang Mai is a
great way to get around if you want to visit places outside the city.

To download Vehicle Transfer Form  CLICK HERE
To download Power of Attorney Form CLICK HERE
To download Vehicle Transfer Form (English Translation)  CLICK HERE
(If you want someone else to transfer title for you)
To Download Application for Certificate of Residence
 CLICK HERE   
(for buyer only and necessary only if you do not have a work permit)
To download Motor Tax Renewal Form  CLICK HERE     

All registration procedures and transfers of vehicle ownership are completed at the local

Department of Land Transport Office (DLT).
Most new car dealerships will assist with this by
issuing all of the necessary paperwork to the
DLT.
Land Transportation  
Department as seen from
Hang Dong Rd
GPS
18.746009
98.961540
GCS
Airport Plaza
Land Transportation  
Department as seen from Hang
Dong Rd
Tumbon Nong Hoi
GPS
N 18.76657
E 099.00536