Q: Can a foreigner buy a used car in his name in Shanghai with the number plate from other city
I am a foreigner having residence permit to live and work in Shanghai,I have the "Z" Visa and i also have the Chinese driving license to drive car here, I want to buy a used car in Shanghai with a number plate of other city near by Shanghai, I want to know that can i transfer this car into my name or not because i am living and working in Shanghai. What is my legal status in this matter.
As you may know, Shanghai license plates are heavily regulated, and it will cost you around 50K Rmb to apply for one. It may get difficult for you to buy a car in Shanghai, with a living and working addresses in Shanghai, and register the car in a nearby city in which you do not reside. Besides, there are restrictions of circulation in Shanghai for cars with plates from another provinces or cities within Shanghai's province. I do know you will not be allowed in some highways and avenues during rush hours. And it is easy to spot, on license plate from left to right, first you see a Chinese character, that is the province. Then a roman letter, like "A", that is the city within the province where car is registered. So, it is very easy for a traffic cop to spot you.
Only one way to be sure do, either contact a lawyer, or visit the Traffic Bureau Offices in Shanghai and ask them questions.
you cannot buy a car in one city and then register it in another city... taxes etc are different in diff cities (even within same province) If your residence permit is shanghai.. and you want to buy a car in your name.. you must buy in shanghai and you must register in shanghai..
I had tried this before as Car cost in shanghai is cheaper than any other city.. but registration cost is very very high in shanghai.. i couldnt manage and finally i bought in my wifes name in her city and got it registered there...
thanks for you suggestions but can i do like this that i can buy a car in shanghai in my Chinese friend's name and register in her name in other city near shanghai and i can drive this car in shanghai, the car will be in my friend's name but i can drive the car in shanghai and i can buy the insurance of the car in my name so that if there is an accident , i will be the responsible but when i want to sale out the car i can sale it out with the help of my Chinese friend. Any suggestions about it?
No matter which way you do, need to get the below clear:-
1. You can only register the car at the place your "Z" visa is. Which mean you can only get it registered under you name in Shanghai only.
2. For local, they can only register the car at where's their "quliuzhen" or "hukoupeng" is.
*There's a certain time line for outstations' registered cars remaining in Shanghai and there's time zone for those car to enter into the highways and avenues.
My advise is... why buy a car and get jamned on the road, difficult to find parking lots and taking a higher risk of hitting others and being hit while it's so convienient to travel by taxis, buses and esspecially MRT in Shanghai?