Getting a Vehicle in Germany
Getting a Vehicle in Germany
- Contact the Driver Testing Center to schedule your exam.
- Get the driver’s manual available at www.eur.army.mil/rmv/Drivers_Handbook/default.htma and through your installation testing facility or library.
- For practice tests, visit www.usareurpracticetest.com.
- Bring your proof of insurance, valid USAREUR license and valid U.S. driver’s license.
RENTING A CAR
- On-installation: USAREUR license.
- Off-installation: Though many companies will rent to you with both a U.S. license and International Driving Permit (IDP), the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) states that you need a USAREUR license to drive any vehicle.
- Look into getting a GPS when you arrive
> Get an IDP through:
- American Automobile Association (AAA): www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html
- American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA): Aataidp.com
- Authorized German city or state licensing offices: Ask at the Driver Testing Center
REGISTERING YOUR SHIPPED VEHICLE
Be sure to bring:
- Check or money order payable to “USAREUR Registration Fund”
- ID card and USAREUR license
- Proof of insurance (name must match ID card)
- Application for Motor Vehicle Registration (AE Form 190-1AA)
- U.S. title/registration (name must match ID card)
- Shipping document, customs form (AE Form 550-175A) or current NATO registration
- POV waiver (if applicable)
- Warning triangle, first-aid kit and reflective vest
INSPECTING YOUR SHIPPED VEHICLE
- After registration, you’ll receive temporary plates for up to 30 days
- Vehicle must be inspected
- Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/726381/ for the top reasons that vehicles fail inspection
- Once your vehicle passes, you will be issued permanent plates.
> Required Equipment:
- Vehicle registration.
- First-aid kit, warning triangle and reflective vest.
- During winter: winter or all-season tires, designated with a snowflake or “M+S” (Mud+Snow) symbol.
BUYING A USED VEHICLE
- Check www.stripes.com/classifieds, yard-sale websites or your installation’s “lemon lot.”
- Cars older than 10 years need to be inspected before a sale between ID cardholders.
- Newer cars must have at least 60 days left on the registration to retain the current inspection expiration date.
> Required documents for vehicle registration on a used vehicle:
- Same as for shipped POV, minus shipping document.
- U.S. title/registration document is needed for U.S. specification vehicles.
- A Bill of Sale with signature of seller and buyer, as well as the vehicle’s make, model, year and chassis number
- Sales between ID cardholders may also require a lien release.
- Ask owner to complete inspection before de-registration.
- Have owner keep insurance until registration is transferred.
- Get proof of exhaust emission testing, service record, previous vehicle defects and inspection pass guarantee.
- Sales between government ID cardholders require presence of all buyers and sellers
BUYING A NEW VEHICLE
- Buy from a dealer participating in the Military Car Sales Program.
- Benefits include tax-free transactions, worldwide shipping, U.S. specifications and prices lower than U.S. MSRP prices.
> Required documents for vehicle registration on a new vehicle:
- Same as for shipped POV, minus U.S. title/registration and shipping document.
- Bill of Sale or purchase order with name and signature of seller and buyer, as well as the vehicle’s make, model, year and chassis number.
- You’ll have 60 days to provide additional documentation, such as the German title book and customs form.
- Find out more at www.eur.army.mil/rmv.
DUTY-FREE FUEL PROGRAM
- Sign up for the duty-free fuel program managed by AAFES.
- Money can be added to a prepaid card for future purchases.
- Registered vehicles have a monthly ration based on the size and weight noted on your vehicle registration.
> Program Details:
- Only available in Germany at on-installation AAFES facilities and off-installation Esso stations.
- Only good for one assigned vehicle and the type of fuel the car uses.
- More than one vehicle may be registered, and up to two ID holders may be assigned to a fuel card for each vehicle.
- Prepaid cash balance is shared across owners and vehicles.
- Exceeding your fuel ration allowance or prepaid balance, or buying with an expired card, will result in paying the taxed, economy fuel price.
> Using the Card:
- On-installation: Use prepaid balance or another form of payment.
- Off-installation: Must use prepaid balance.
- Pump gas, then take the fuel card, vehicle registration and ID card to the attendant.
- Know your 4-digit PIN.
- Amount purchased is deducted from monthly ration.
> Payment for Transaction:
- Know your ration and card balances: https://odin.aafes.com/esso, toll-free number on card or last receipt.
- Add money to card: cash, check, Military Star card, debit or credit at AAFES shoppettes/gas stations; online at https://odin.aafes.com/esso; by phone at the number on the back of the card; and by automatic bank transfer or payment.
- Lost or stolen card: immediately call AAFES at 0800-181-9945.
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