Buying a car in Thailand is daunting task. The person wishing to buy a car should be made aware of all the rules and regulations regarding his visa status and nationality. The things to know while considering buying a car in Thailand is that the price of a used car is more expensive comparatively, than in Europe or Asia. Every car owner possesses a “lem tabian” or ‘blue book’, which is the passport. This book contains all the information about the previous owners as well as the details of paid tax etcetera.
The maintenance book should be checked for familiarizing about the vehicle history and the schedule maintenance performed. The owner should ensure himself about the condition of the car and whether it has been involved in an accident. The car intending to be bought should be checked in the Department of Land and Transport to ensure about the stolen status. The car should have a valid registration and an inspection company should be called in to inspect the car. Furthermore, it is imperative to know that a person with a tourist visa is not eligible to buy a car. The passport with non-immigrant visa is imperative, and the work permit certificate or the certificate for residence.
The transfer forms of the DLT should be filled out. The letter of residence can be taken from the immigration office, and should not be older than 90 days at the time of document registration and car’s registration transferring. The department of Land and Transport will give a red temporary number plate, which then after six weeks will be changed to the white one. A sticker providing the proof of the payment of annual tax is also given to the new owner. The DLT will check the vehicle chassis, engine number, and the blue booklet to check the viability of the car. If the car is bought on loan, the third party has the right to hold your books until the car loan is paid off. After the complete payment, the copy of the book will be given to you.
In the case of buying a used car, the rules are somewhat different. Although similar documents will be needed which includes the passport, the proof of non-immigration, the work permit letter of residence issued by the Thai immigration and the transfer forms filled out by DLT, the used car will already have been registered, therefore the process is shortened for the new owner and he just needs to transfer it onto his name at the department of Land and Transport (DLT).
The requirements for the sellers include the documents with the signed copies, and if the buyer is unable to come then the power of attorney can be given to a third party to complete the paperwork on his behalf. The required documents for the seller also includes the passport, non-immigrant visa, and the blue booklet identifying the paid loan or no current due payment, work permit, and household registration document if they are Thai residents. In case the car is more than seven years in use, or its registration is seven years old, the car should have an up to date tax sticker that can prove that the car passed the roadworthiness test. If the car does not have it, then it is the responsibility of the owner to get one from DLT and provide one. Furthermore, of the car is brought from another province, there is the rule to change the registration or incorporate it in your residency province.