Buying a Car and Traveling to Turkey
Buying a Car in Turkey
In Turkey, vehicle sales are done at the notary. It takes approximately 15 minutes. If it is a brand new car, all process is handled by the sales company.
It is important to prepare all the necessary documents before starting the sales process. The documents are as follows;
• License (ruhsat) and traffic document provided by seller
• Notary sales document provided by the notary
• Valid identity document (Identity card, Turkish driver's license, notarized passport translation with original passport)
• Power of Attorney (If transactions are to be made by other people)
• Valid address and phone number
All costs are handled by the buyer
• Notary Documents: 148.50 TL
• Notary Fee: 54 TL
• Document Printing Fee: 22 TL
• Brand new vehicle sales fee (if it is a brand new car): 171,00 TL
Some conditions that may prevent vehicle sales in the notary
• The vehicle has a motor vehicle tax debt or the tax has not been fully paid
• The vehicle has HGS or OGS (Otomatic Passing System) debt
• The vehicle has an unpaid tariff penalty
• The vehicle's last inspection date has passed
• There is a lien or pledge on the vehicle, the sale is forbidden
Notary process for vehicle sales
• Documents are fully prepared and presented to the notary
• If there are no obstacles to sales, sales, and transfer contracts are prepared by the notary
• One of the contracts prepared is kept in the notary archive, one is given to the seller and another one is given to the buyer
• Notary public fees, taxes, and fees of current transactions are calculated by the cashier
• Vehicle transfer fee should be paid by the buyer. Unless otherwise stated, the seller does not pay any notary fees
• After the payments are made, sales confirmation is obtained
• Buyer will receive the license immediately right after-sales confirmation
Traveling to Turkey by Car
Automatic passing system
After buying a car you will only need to apply for OGS/HGS (automatic passing system) from any PTT office or bank in Turkey for you to pass paid highways, bridges, and tunnels. PTT offices or banks provide a sticker for you to stick to the windscreen. There are prepaid and automatic bill payment systems for you to choose also. If you rent a car this system comes with the car.
The police are active on the roads with radar guns checking if the speed limits are being adhered to. It is also possible that the police randomly stops you to check your documents.
When you park in the street, you will be greeted by a parking attendant who will put a ticket on the windscreen stating the time you parked. There are also private parking companies. Most of the shopping malls are free or free for at least the first 3 hours.
Fuel and service areas
Both petrol and diesel are placed in all gas stations. There is a gas pomp attendance that provides gas to your car. Gas stations are generally in service with also toilets and restaurants altogether.
The signs are very good for getting from city to city. Know what cities are on the route you want to take, makes following the signs much easier. You can also use the navigation to get everywhere.
Driving to Turkey or Shipping a Car to Turkey
Foreigners can drive to Turkey from their countries or they can ship their car to Turkey. To bring or ship your car to Turkey, the vehicle must be registered to your name in your home country where you reside. Residents of the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries can bring the vehicles registered under their names from European Union and European Free Trade countries other than they reside.
If you want to bring your car from your country, there are some conditions you need to fulfill. These are;
• You must have a minimum of 185 days of stay in your country within the past year,
• You should have a driving license and the residency card of your country,
• You should have an insurance policy that is valid in Turkey.
Cars with foreign number plates can be used for a maximum of 24 months in Turkey. The vehicle must be taken back out of Turkey at the end of this period. Another important note is, only the owner of the car can drive it or he/she must be present in the car if someone else is driving. Otherwise, legal action is applied.
Foreign driving licenses are valid for six months in Turkey. If you want to stay for more than six months, you have to get a driving license in Turkey.
It is good to know the following information if you are planning to bring your car from your country to Turkey.
• The requirement of staying abroad for 185 days at each entrance is checked by the customs administration. You can check turkiye.gov.tr to get the information of entry & exit. The requirement of staying abroad for 185 days must be met at every entry.
• Turkish citizens who return to Turkey forever cannot bring their vehicles temporarily because at the time their residency is conveyed to Turkey.
• Turkish citizens residing abroad and foreigners with a residence permit in Turkey can keep and use foreign-plated vehicles at no charge for up to 2 years (730 days).
• Foreigners may keep their cars in Turkey till the end of their residency provided that it does not exceed 730 days.
• Foreigners without a residence permit are given a total of 90 days in 180 days.
• For vehicles of legal persons (cars, minibusses, land vehicles, vans, and motorcycles) are given up to 30 days if brought to Turkey with power of attorney.
• The period to be given to the vehicles brought by renting can not be longer than the period specified in the rental agreement, provided that it does not exceed 730 days, depending on the citizenship and residence of the person.
• Vehicles with foreign number plates; can be used by the permit holder registered in the vehicle program, by his / her spouse, parents, and children residing abroad. (spouse, parent, or child must have a certificate of identity register copy, passport, etc., and documents proving their residence abroad.)
• Persons other than the permit holder cannot use the vehicle, even if they have power of attorney. Power of attorney taken from Turkey or abroad for permission to use a vehicle other than the right owner is invalid.
• It is compulsory to apply to the nearest customs office to go abroad if you are leaving the vehicle in Turkey.
• Foreign-plated vehicles in Turkey can not be sold to another person.
Note: The time given to the vehicle can be used at once or in parts.
• There are also penal sanctions in cases such as changing the parts entered with the vehicle and registered in its documents without permission from the customs administration. Repairs of vehicles in need of repair through accidents are carried out in a place deemed appropriate by customs and under the supervision of customs if requested by the vehicle owners or authorized persons.
• European Union and European Free Trade Association countries residents are given one month, once within 365 days provided that the vehicles are registered under their names.
• The people who have the vehicles already in Turkey can not benefit from this given time. The people who benefit from this one-month time have to certify residence with a passport, identity card, residence permit, etc. belonging to the European Union and European Free Trade Union countries.
• For people that retired while abroad, there is no 185 days requirement for vehicles brought to Turkey first time after retirement provided that it is registered under their name.
• In case when retired people, who did not use a total of 730 days in Turkey and exited country want to enter Turkey to benefit from time remaining; 185 days of residing abroad condition is not required, and remaining time is allowed for these people.
• If persons who reside abroad came with their vehicles to Turkey 185 days backward from the date of entry, spent time is deducted from 730 days and the remaining time is allowed.
• If foreigners (except residence permit or blue cardholders) that come to Turkey with their vehicle brought the vehicle 185 days backward from the date of entry to Turkey, spent time is deducted from 90 days and the remaining time is allowed.
Required documents to bring a vehicle to Turkey from abroad are as follows;
• Certificate of ownership (license) showing that the vehicle is registered in the country of residence,
• The driver's license of the person bringing the vehicle,
• Depending on the situation, a document showing foreign residence (passport, identity card, residence permit),
• Valid traffic insurance policy in Turkey,
• Passport of the person or identity document substituting a passport,
• For retirees from abroad, retirement document attested by consulate or embassy that is translated to Turkish.
• Depending on the situation, valid power of attorney, or rental agreement,
• A document with a Turkish translation attested by a notary or consulate showing that the persons who will bring vehicles belonging to a legal entity are a partner or employee of the company.
Note: Customs registration of vehicles is not subject to any fees.
Note: "Vehicle Pre-Declaration Application" is accessed on (https://uygulama.gtb.gov.tr/Tasit1OnBeyan/) "E-Transactions" menu or "E-Devlet Portal" via (https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/gtb-tasit-on-beyan) maximum of 15 days before departure; the information of the person and the vehicle is entered into the application via mobile phone, tablet or computer, thus, transactions at customs gates can be done in a shorter time and without waiting.
Bringing Another Person’s Vehicle
In case both the owner or the proxy bringing the vehicle provide the requirement of residing abroad, the vehicle is registered in the country of residence of the person who brings the vehicle (except for the people who reside in the European Union and European Free Trade Association) and in case there is a rental agreement for vehicles brought by renting; another person's vehicle can be brought to Turkey if;
• There is a power of attorney attested by the embassy, consulate, or notary; or a power of attorney issued and approved by customs if the person bringing the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle is present at the entrance customs administration,
• There is a document issued by real persons and attested by official authorities such as a custom, municipality, security directorate or court,
• A rental agreement is submitted for vehicles brought by renting a car.
For vehicles belonging to legal entities; a power of attorney containing the signature and approval of the owner or Board of Directors and a document showing that the person who will bring the vehicles belonging to legal entities is a partner or employee of the company are also required in addition to abovementioned documents.
Notary or consulate certified translations of the mentioned documents should also be submitted to the customs.
Q: Is buying a car a long process in Turkey?
A: No. Once the documents are ready, the vehicle sales agreement is signed within 15 minutes at the notary and the license is given to the buyer.
Q: Who pays the vehicle sales costs in Turkey, the buyer or the seller?
A: Buyer pays the car sales costs as customs in Turkey.
Q: Are the roads and highways paid or free in Turkey?
A: There are some paid highways, bridges, and tunnels in Turkey while most of the roads are free. To use these routes, you should buy HGS/OGS from any bank or post office. You should hang the pass sticker to the windscreen.
Q: What should I do if my HGS/OGS does not have enough credit in it?
A: You can synchronize your credit card with your HGS/OGS and it pays from your credit card automatically. Also, you can go to a post office or bank to deposit some money in your HGS/OGS.
Q: What are the speed limits in Turkey?
A: Domestic highways and city roads have different speed limits. However, traffic signs are adequately placed on the roads in Turkey. So you will know the speed limit by checking the signs on that particular road.
Q: Is on-street parking allowed in Turkey?
A: Most of the time, parking on the street does not cause a problem. However, especially in crowded areas of big cities, on-street parking is not allowed and a ticket is applied by the police. In such busy locations, it is advised to park your car in a paid parking lot.
Q: Can I find gas stations frequently on the roads in Turkey?
A: Yes, gas stations are very common on the roads. You can find a gas station even in rural areas of the country.
Q: Do the navigation applications work properly in Turkey?
A: Yes, you can use navigation applications to get anywhere in Turkey.
Q: How effective are the traffic signs in Turkey?
A: Traffic signs are appropriately placed in the streets and highways. Cities on the route, pedestrian cross, nearby schools, airports, and road maintenance works are shown with the traffic signs.
Q: Can I drive to Turkey in my car from my country?
A: Yes. Your car can stay in Turkey for 24 months.
Q: Is the driving license of my country valid in Turkey?
A: Yes. You can use your driving license for six months in Turkey. You need to get a driving license from Turkey for longer stays.