Buying a new motorbike or car in Thailand is probably a very different experience for most foreigners as dealers never hold stock and you can often wait up to 3 months for your new vehicle.
The following paperwork (with copies) is required by the Department of Transport:
- Current passport
- A visa is required but not an arrival stamp from immigration
- Letter of Residence issued by the Thai Immigration, house book or a work permit
Registration is dealt with by the local Department of Land Transport.
The process of registering a vehicle here in Thailand is at the Department of Land Transport, most towns have their own local offices.
The new owner will be issued with proof of ownership documents in the form of a registration book, which includes the owner’s name and address, and details of the vehicle.
All cars must display a tax sticker on the windscreen and Compulsory Motor Insurance (CMI) which will be issued at the same time as the road tax, these regulations must be renewed annually.
Buying a second hand vehicle is a lot more complicated and legal advice is highly recommended before you make a payment.