I'm in another Schengen country waiting for a residence permit. I can buy a car - if I pay cash. I'm planning on buying used but don't want to pay taxes twice. In this country I can even buy it already register for almost a year without needing to do anything, and I can use my US driver's license.
I'm going to Germany within a few months. I'm really tired of not having a car, but I am saving money. And I will definitely have better choices to buy a car that I want in Germany than this country.
Nonetheless, I'm curious. If I did find a car I liked in this country, and it was already registered in this country, and then I moved to Germany in a couple months, would I have to pay a huge tax on the vehicle?
Assume that the VAT is the same between Germany and this country. I'm not comparing tax rates, I'm trying to see about the tax rules for buying and registering in or out of Germany.
Would I pay more tax by buying a used car in another EU country for some time; would I pay less tax overall, assuming same make, model, and year, and same purchase price, from a private seller in Germany when I get there, versus the sane car here first and them moving to Germany in a couple months?