Buying a Car and Traveling to Turkey

Buying a Car in Turkey

Vehicle sales are done at the notary. It takes approximately 15 minutes. If it is a brand new car, all process is handled by the sales company.

It is important to prepare all the necessary documents before starting the sales process. The documents are as follows;

  • License (ruhsat) and traffic document provided by seller
  • Notary sales document provided by the notary
  • Valid identity document (Identity card, Turkish driver’s license, notarized passport translation with original passport)
  • Power of Attorney (If transactions are to be made by other people)
  • Valid address and phone number

All costs are handled by the buyer
• Notary Documents: 148.50 TL
• Notary Fee: 54 TL
• Document Printing Fee: 22 TL
• Brand new vehicle sales fee (if it is a brand-new car): 171,00 TL

Some conditions that may prevent vehicle sales in the notary
• The vehicle has a motor vehicle tax debt or the tax has not been fully paid
• The vehicle has HGS or OGS (Otomatic Passing System) debt
• The vehicle has an unpaid tariff penalty
• The vehicle’s last inspection date has passed
• There is a lien or pledge on the vehicle, the sale is forbidden

Notary process for vehicle sales
• Documents are fully prepared and presented to the notary
• If there are no obstacles to sales, sales, and transfer contracts are prepared by the notary
• One of the contracts prepared is kept in the notary archive, one is given to the seller and another one is given to the buyer
• Notary public fee, taxes, and fees of current transactions are calculated by the cashier
• Vehicle transfer fee should be paid by the buyer. Unless otherwise stated, the seller does not pay any notary fees
• After the payments are made, sales confirmation is obtained
• Buyer will receive the license immediately right after-sales confirmation

Traveling to Turkey by Car
Automatic passing system
After buying a car you will only need to apply for OGS/HGS (automatic passing system) from any PTT office or bank in Turkey for you to pass paid highways, bridges, and tunnels. PTT offices or banks provide a sticker for you to stick it to the windscreen. There are prepaid and automatic bill payment systems for you to choose also. If you rent a car this system comes with the car.

The police are active on the roads with radar guns checking that speed limits are being adhered to. They also like to randomly stop you to check your car papers.

When you park in the street, you will be greeted by a parking attendant who will put a ticket on the windscreen stating the time you parked. There are also private parking companies. Most of the shopping malls are free or free for at least first 3 hours.

Fuel and service areas
Both petrol and diesel are placed in all gas stations. There is a gas pomp attendance that provides gas to your car. Gas stations are generally in service are which has also toilets and restaurants altogether.

The signs are very good for getting from city to city. Know what cities are on the route you want to take, it makes following the signs much easier. You can also use the navigation to get everywhere.

Shipping a Car to Turkey
Foreigners can drive to Turkey from their countries, or they can ship their car to Turkey. If you want to bring your own car from your country, there are some conditions you need to fulfill. These are.

• You must have a minimum of 185 days of stay in your country within the past year,
• You should have a driving license and the residency card of your country,
• You should have an insurance policy that is valid in Turkey.

Cars with foreign number plates can be used for a maximum of 24 months in Turkey. The vehicle must be taken back out of Turkey at the end of this period. Another important note is, only the owner of the car can drive it or he/she must be present in the car if someone else is driving. Otherwise, legal action is applied.

Foreign driving licenses are valid for six months in Turkey. If you want to stay for more than six months, you have to get a driving license in Turkey.


Q: Is buying a car a long process in Turkey?
A: No. Once the documents are ready, the vehicle sales agreement is signed within 15 minutes at the notary and the license is given to the buyer.

Q: Who pays the vehicle sales costs in Turkey, the buyer or the seller?
A: Buyer pays the car sales costs as customs in Turkey.

Q: Are the roads and highways paid or free in Turkey?
A: There are some paid highways, bridges, and tunnels in Turkey while most of the roads are free. To use these routes, you should buy HGS/OGS from any bank or post office. You should hang the pass sticker to the windscreen.

Q: What should I do if my HGS/OGS does not have enough credit in it?
A: You can synchronize your credit card with your HGS/OGS and it pays from your credit card automatically. Also, you can go to a post office or bank to deposit some money in your HGS/OGS.

Q: What are the speed limits in Turkey?
A: Domestic highways and city roads have different speed limits. However, traffic signs are adequately placed in the roads in Turkey. So you will know the speed limit checking the signs on that particular road.

Q: Is on-street parking allowed in Turkey?
A: Most of the time, parking on the street does not cause a problem. However, especially in crowded areas of big cities, on-street parking is not allowed and a ticket is applied by the police. In such busy locations, it is advised to park your car in a paid parking lot.

Q: Can I find gas stations frequently on the roads in Turkey?
A: Yes, gas stations are very common on the roads. You can find a gas station even in rural areas of the country.

Q: Do the navigation applications work properly in Turkey?
A: Yes, you can use navigation applications to get anywhere in Turkey.

Q: How effective are the traffic signs in Turkey?
A: Traffic signs are appropriately placed in the streets and highways. Cities on the route, pedestrian cross, nearby schools, airports, and road maintenance works are shown with the traffic signs.

Q: Can I drive to Turkey with my own car from my country?
A: Yes. Your car can stay in Turkey for 24 months.

Q: Is the driving license of my country valid in Turkey?
A: Yes. You can use your driving license for six months in Turkey. You need to get a driving license from Turkey for longer stays.