Note: Most of the websites referred to here are in Italian only.
Dealerships selling new cars in Italy will usually handle all the necessary paperwork on the buyer's behalf. A specialised agency known as an Agenzia di Pratiche Auto carries out this process. The cost is included in the on-the-road price of a new vehicle.
The following documents are needed from the buyer:
Buying a second-hand car is a more intricate procedure than buying a new vehicle, as it involves more administration on the part of the purchaser. An Agenzie di Pratiche Auto can assist with the paperwork.
The Automobile Club d'Italia's Pubblico Registro Automobilistico (PRA) office will also draw up all the necessary documents on behalf of the buyer, including having them signed in the presence of a notary. It may be worth taking someone who speaks Italian sufficiently well to understand the documents.
Second-hand cars can be bought through dealerships or through a number of online classifieds sites, including AngloINFO.
The following documents are required for the transfer of ownership of a used car:
There is a 60-day time limit in which to register the change of ownership (passaggio di proprietà) and bring the car's registration certificate up to date.
Failure to register the change of ownership within 60 days means the former owner remains de facto proprietor of the car on the public car registry and will continue to be held responsible for non-payment of taxes, accidents caused, or infringements of the Highway Code (Codice della Strada).
Check the registration has been completed by the PRA by contacting the ACI and providing them with the numbers of the car's registration plate.
Before buying a used vehicle, check the following:
It is also advisable to carry out a more in-depth study of the vehicle, preferably with the help of a mechanic.
If selling the car to a private buyer or a dealership, an act of sale (Atto di Vendita) must be drawn up by a notary.
Provide the buyer with:
If the car is to be passed to a dealership for resale, ask a notary to draw up an authorisation of sale (Procura a Vendere).
Before putting the vehicle up for sale ensure that maintenance checks are up-to-date with the garage.
Used cars may be sold through a dealership, either as standard sale or as part-exchange for another vehicle. There are also a number of online classifieds sites which advertise cars for sale, including AngloINFO,
Potential buyers may wish to take the car for a test drive (giro di prova). Always check the person is carrying their driving licence and accompany them on the test drive. Be prepared to barter, and determine a minimum price in advance.
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