I am considering purchasing a car in France and having it exported to Canada. I have identified a shipper in Holland who will ship it across the pond for me.
What documents will I need from the seller, are there specific documents that the French government requires before a car can be exported from France, and what is supposed to happen to the French license plates in this case?
Canadian documents I think I am good with.
While I am at it I may as well ask about insurance. Once I give the seller the $$$ and they give me ownership of the vehicle, how do I get it insured in France given that I am not a resident there? I don't intend to drive it there, I just want it insured against theft, fire, etc. It may have to sit for a while before I can get it shipped/towed to Holland, and it may have to sit in Holland for a while before it gets on the boat. I cannot get insurance from Canadian companies for a car in Europe.
I am planning on going to France at the end of June if it looks like there is a deal to be made. I should know in a couple weeks, if so your contacts might be very helpful in gaining an understanding the details of the process.
I also recall another French document called the controlee or controle technique or something similar, but I think that is more of a roadworthiness document in order to get it registered/insured in France.
I think I may work with a freight forwarder, a local 'car guy' recommended one to me, rather than just a shipper. It sounds like they will do everything from picking the car up in France, containerizing it, shipping it, and receiving it here in Canada. In that case I would not have to deal personally with the French paperwork.