Older cars in Greece can be withdrawn under program. — Imerisia
A government program encouraging vehicle owners in Greece to replace older cars or trucks offers an incentive worth up to 2,800 euros through December 20, 2013.
Under the so-called cash-for-clunkers scheme, owners receive a discount calculated according to engine size of the car/truck being withdrawn, which is applied toward the circulation tax of a newer vehicle. The car/truck being junked must have been purchased or first registered on or before December 31,
1998 2000 to qualify and have an engine size less than 2000 cc or 2.0 liters.
The original program ran from February 21 to December 20, 2011 and was extended to December 31, 2012.
It is hoped that a fraction of 2.5 million qualifying cars in Greece will be withdrawn to reduce emissions and gas consumption; boost state coffers; and rescue jobs and businesses in the auto industry, which has seen more than 3,000 dealerships shut down and new car sales fall 40.1 percent in 2012.
The used car sector remains relatively stable, with a small pickup in transfers since austerity.
A similar program ran at the end of 2009 but was bureaucratic and revoked after 30 days when 78,000 cars were withdrawn and depleted funds. Those who successfully lodged applications were not required to purchase a new car but were caught in limbo, under threat of having refunds reduced and had to wait months before receiving money. A promise to revise and restart the program was finally fulfilled February 11, 2011 when the joint ministerial decision on 3899/2010 was signed.
*Article last updated March 5, 2013.
The step-by-step guide covers:
- What cars and trucks can be withdrawn and purchased under the program
- How the discount is calculated
- Where to go and what documents/fees are required.
Many steps of the process are also applicable to those seeking to junk vehicles of any age without purchasing a new one.
Which cars are eligible for withdrawal?
First- and second-hand cars and small-sized trucks imported from abroad or purchased in Greece for private or commercial use are eligible, as long as the car has all its basic mechanical and physical parts and:
a) the model’s release date in Greece was on or before December 31,
b) the car’s/truck’s initial (first) date of registration was on or before December 31,
Cars and trucks need not be in perfect condition but should not be damaged by fire, accident or vandalism.
Withdrawal is not mandatory.
What models are excluded?
Vehicles with 2,000 cc or 2.0-liter engines or higher do not qualify for the program.
All models released in Greece, or cars purchased or registered on or after January 1,
1999 2001 are not eligible.
What incentive is being offered?
The incentive ranges from 300 to 2800 euros but can go higher in some cases after factoring in registration fees and discounts on luxury tax. Primary calculations are made by engine size.
- Up to 900 cc = 300 euros
- From 901 cc to 1,400 cc = up to 960 euros
- From 1,401 cc to 1,600 cc = up to 1,430 euros
- From 1,601 cc to 1,800 cc = up to 2,100 euros
- From 1,801 cc to to 2,000 cc = up to 2,800 euros
Your discount may be lower or higher depending on other variables, and there is no stated limit on how many vehicles can be junked under the program.
No cash refunds are issued to the buyer. It is a circulation tax exemption, processed and applied directly through government offices, i.e., If you are given an discount incentive of 1000 euros for your junked car or truck and buy a new/used car with registration fees of 2500 euros, you will only pay 1500 euros.
However, note that dealers in Greece are offering a number of special discounts separate from the program, and it is a buyer’s market so negotiation is expected.
Which vehicles may I buy?
Any new or used vehicle with an engine size up to 2,000 cc or 2.0 liters may be selected.
What about hybrid cars?
The environment ministry said it would look into providing additional incentives, but no measures have been announced.
The person completing the process may be the vehicle owner or a person designated via certified dilosi by the vehicle owner.
Instructions on where to go, what documents are needed, and how long it should take:
1. Visit the tax office
Get a βεβαίωσης καταβολής τελών κυκλοφορίας/Bebaiosi katabolis telon kykloforias (Certificate of deposit for circulation tax) from the Greek tax office that says all circulation taxes up to the current year (2013) and outstanding tickets were paid on the vehicle being withdrawn. If the car/truck was taken out of service, get a βεβαίωση/Bebaiosi from the tax office that states the license plates were turned in, all circulation taxes have been paid, and the car or truck was withdrawn.
- Find a location: List of eforia/DOY/Greek tax offices“
2. Select a Vehicle Recycling Center
Take the vehicle to an Οχημάτων Τέλους Κύκλου Ζωής/Ochimaton Telous Kyklou Zois (ΟΤΚΖ) company or End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) company. *Only use those that have been authorized by Εναλλακτικής Διαχείρισης Οχημάτων Ελλάδος (ΕΔΟΕ)/Enallaktikis Diacheirisis Oximaton Ellados (EDOE) or Alternative Motor Vehicle Administration.
- Find a location: See “Mονάδες Ανακύκλωσης” at http://www.edoe.gr (only in Greek; difficult to translate)
- From Eleftherotypia: “List of car recycling centers in Greece” (in Greek, but can be put into a translator)
3. Two Documents
Get two papers from the OTKZ recycling company
a) A Βεβαίωση Παραλαβής/Bebaiosi Paralabis (Certificate of Acceptance)
b) An Υπεύθυνη Δήλωση/Ipeuthini Dilosi (Certified Declaration) that the car/truck is scheduled for destruction or retirement.
Wait approximately eight (8) days
4. Confirmation of Withdrawal
The OTKZ recycling company issues two (2) copies of a Πιστοποιητικό Καταστροφής (Π.Κ.)/Pistopoiitiko Katastrofis (Certificate of Destruction/Retirement)
a) One copy for the vehicle owner
b) One copy is sent to the Ministry of Transport and Communications within the region
Wait approximately 5-8 days
5. Confirmation of Permanent Removal
The Ministry of Transport (YME) office in your region issues two (2) copies of the Πράξη Οριστικής Διαγραφής/Praxi Oristikis Diagrafis (Registration of Final Removal/Retirement). You or your certified representative must pick them up.
a) Keep one copy on file
b) Use one copy at the τελωνείο/teloneio (customs office) in Step #6
- Find a location: “Ministry of Transport Offices” (only in Greek but can be put into a translator)
6. Teloneio/Customs Office
Go to the τελωνείο/teloneio (customs office) in your area and submit the following documents:
a) Αίτηση Δικαιούχου/Aitisi Dikaiouchou (Application) provided at the office
b) βεβαίωσης καταβολής τελών κυκλοφορίας/Bebaiosi katabolis telon kykloforias (Certificate of deposit for circulation tax) from Step #1
c) Βεβαίωση Παραλαβής/Bebaiosi Paralabis (Certificate of Acceptance) from Step #3
d) Υπεύθυνη Δήλωση/Ipeuthini Dilosi (Certified Declaration) that the car is scheduled for destruction from Step #3
e) Πράξη Οριστικής Διαγραφής/Praxi Oristikis Diagrafis (Registration of Final Removal) from Step #5
7. Select a Replacement
Select, purchase and register a qualifying new or used vehicle to replace the one you withdrew.
The file at the customs office remains open for six (6) months, awaiting a πιστοποιητικό ταξινόμησης του αυτοκινήτου/pistopoiitiko taxinomisis tou autokinito (certificate of registration) bearing the name of the vehicle owner who completed withdrawal. Registration is usually facilitated through the car dealer and nothing more needs to be done. If purchasing a replacement through a private party, you will need to complete registration and change of ownership on your own.
If no vehicle is purchased and registered, the incentive is canceled and the applicant pays all associated taxes, fees and fines. Obviously, you cannot get your car/truck back since it has been scrapped and recycled.
*Vehicle owners should have:
a) an AFM (tax number);
b) Greek ID, national ID from an EU country or a passport from any country;
c) a permanent residence certificate (non-Greek EU citizens) or residence permit sticker/card (non-EU citizens); and
d) a driver’s license (see “Converting to a Greek driver’s license” to see if you need one or how to swap).
Before turning in everything at the teloneio/customs office, I recommend making a photocopy of everything just in case your file is lost or misplaced and wait for confirmation that everything is final before trashing them.
How long does the process take?
The process for withdrawing an old car is projected to take between 13 to 18 working days, but let’s remember this is Greece and your actual experience may vary.
When selecting a vehicle, keep in mind that luxury tax is charged on new vehicles costing 20,000 euros or more.
20,000–22,000 euros: 10 percent
22,001–28,000 euros: 30 percent
More than 28,000 euros: 40 percent
Luxury tax on used cars is
calculated differently the same, according to Article 23, effective 2013.
The reorganization of municipalities and staff transfers under the Kallikratis program is still incomplete and has been disrupted by elections, so the relevant offices may not be fully operational or staffed with people with expertise.
The following complaints were reported:
– The Department of Transport office in Thessaloniki only sees people on certain days
– Authorities would not issue tax clearance statements
– Not all recycling center companies have been properly informed and/or refuse to accept cars for scrappage
– Customers were quoted waiting times of up to 1-2 months, not 1-2 weeks.
Two words: Edo Ellada. (Here’s Greece)
Note from the Author
Because official websites and government circulars almost never match reality, I like to combine all articles with first-hand experience but cannot in this case because our car is not eligible. What I provided is a unique compilation of information translated from all sources listed below.
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