In Slovakia, as in most countries, cars are sold in a few different ways. New car sales departments usually offer a single brand name. Second-hand cars can be purchased at used-car dealers or from a private purchaser. There are internet sites and many newspapers such as Avízo, Autoburza, etc offering advertisements of used cars in Slovakia. The used-car stores are usually opened all week except for Sunday. Most car dealer shops offer the possibility to use bank financing. Used-car stores usually offer a great number of cars to choose form, thus you can compare their technical conditions as well as prices. AAA auto, Auto Alleš and Darex are the biggest used-car dealers in Slovakia, however there are smaller used car dealers available in every town or city.
How to buy a used car
When you are planning to buy a used car, make sure you buy a car in good conditions for a reasonable price.
Before you decide to buy a car, make sure you are aware of its technical conditions. The year of manufacture and car’s maintenance history are substantial. Please pay attention to information about: consumption, roadability, engine oil-change intervals, whether the car was ever involved in an accident and the degree of damage. Inspect the certificate of the evidence of the vehicle (further on only “the Certificate”) for the necessary information.
Engine capacity and performance is crucial for the Compulsory Third Party Insurance fee (further on only “the Insurance”) as it is proportional to the vehicle type.
Sign a contract with all necessary information. You will need the information for the car registration: name, surname, address, district town, birth date and ID card number (Identity Card number).
The former owner or the car dealer will keep the Certificate as it is necessary for cancelling the vehicle registration. Make sure you obtain a copy, so you will be entitled to use the car you have purchased. The former will also keep the white and the green insurance cards.
Ask the car dealer to keep a copy of the new vehicle owner’s declaration (further on only “the Declaration”) which is, along with the white and the green insurance cards, required for the Insurance termination.
The car dealer will provide you with the Certificate and the Declaration as soon as he cancels his vehicle registration on the Transport Inspectorate in the city where it has been registered.
When the car purchase is accomplished, you should purchase a car Insurance in one of the insurance companies available in Slovakia including: Alianz, Komunálna poisťovňa, Kooperativa, Wüstenrot or Prvá česko-slovenská poisťovňa (the First Czech-Slovak Insurance Company).
After purchasing the car insurance, you may register the car in his district of your residence. The registration is obligatory within 7 days since the cancellation of the vehicle registration and the Declaration.
To register a new car you need:
New car insurance
Fill up car registration form for Motor Vehicle Register at Transport Inspectorate.
A fiscal stamp according to the Transport Inspectorate’s current price list. At the moment it costs 2000Sk (€62.50).
In case the car has been purchased in another district, the new owner is required to register the car at Transport Inspectorate responsible for inspection supervision. The car will be registered and the new Certificate and the registration car plates issued only after the inspection.