Buying a Used Car in Argentina

Information on the paperwork and processes involved when buying a used car in Argentina...

Used cars can be bought through dealerships, or through newspaper and Internet advertisements.

There are a number of online resources with secondhand vehicles for sale:

Documents Required

The seller must provide the following documents:

  • Identity document: both the original and a photocopy
  • Original vehicle property title: this identifies the car and ensures its validity and legitimacy
  • Vehicle registration documents - green card (cedula verde): this contains details about the car and by law must always be in the car when it is in use. A new green card is issued at the time the used car is bought

The buyer is responsible for the following:

  • Obtaining the Vehicle Ownership Report at the National Vehicle Ownership Registry (Registro Nacional de la Propiedad del Automotor)
  • Providing their identity document: both the original and a photocopy
  • Providing their tax registration number

Transfer of Vehicle Ownership

Once the initial paperwork formalities have been completed, transfer of ownership can take place. This is carried out at the local registry office where the vehicle is registered following the sale.

The following information is required to transfer ownership:

  • Name and address of the buyer and seller
  • Details of either the buyer or seller's legal representative or proxy, if they are not present
  • CETA form

CETA form

The CETA form or the Automotive Transferral Certificate (Certificado de Transferencia de Automotores) is issued by the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos - AFIP). In order to obtain this certificate a CUIT, CUIL or CDI number is required (this is a tax identification number).

  • For information on how to get this certificate: Click here

Documents Required

The following forms are also required to transfer ownership and can be obtained from the DNRPA:

  • Type 08 request form: this certifies both the Vehicle Transferral Contract and the Ownership Registration. At the time of sale the form must be signed by the current owner of the vehicle (and their spouse, if applicable) and the buyer of the vehicle. Note: The signatures on the 08 form must either be certified by a Public Notary, or at the Automotive Registry.
    The form must then be registered with the National Automotive Ownership Registry to ensure that vehicle ownership is transferred. This form is valid for 90 business days, and the buyer must start transfer formalities within that time
  • Type 12 request form: this is a mandatory vehicle verification form stating the chassis and engine number.
    Depending on the province, the vehicle may also have to undergo a technical test before the vehicle is sold
  • Type 13 form: this is a sworn statement of the vehicle license payment, which is signed by the person submitting the form

In addition to the above forms, the following documents are also required:

  • Proof that the Law 25053 Emergency Tax has been paid
  • If there is a lien on the vehicle, proof that the lien's creditor has been informed of the vehicle transferral
  • Proof of payment of provincial or municipal taxes on vehicle registration
  • Proof of vehicle license payments
  • Proof that there are no debts pending on the vehicle for fines or any other payments, which can be obtained from the National Vehicle Ownership Registry (Registro Nacional de la Propiedad del Automotor)
  • Stamp (oblea): This is a sticker placed on the vehicle's windscreen as proof that the vehicle's technical verification (Verificación/Inspección Técnica Vehicular - VTV/ITV) has been carried out. Roadworthy test requirements vary in each province and should be checked with local authorities

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