Owning a Vehicle in Brazil

Find out how to buy or import a car or bike in Brazil, plus information on registering, insuring and making it road legal once the paperwork is completed...

Whether behind the wheel of a car or motorbike, drivers in Brazil have to make sure that their vehicles are registered, insured and roadworthy. In this section there is detailed information on vehicle insurance.

In the market for a car? This section covers the processes and paperwork involved in buying a new car in Brazil, as well as details on how to go about the private sale or purchase and re-registering of a second-hand used car.

Thinking of bringing a car from your home country? Details on the registration, taxes and customs requirements needed to import a car or bike from inside or outside of the European Union can be found right here.

In line with Brazil's general environmental and energy saving awareness, there are many state-of-the-art cars on the market which use alternative energies, such as hybrid, natural gas, liquid gas (LPG) or ethanol. These alternative fuels are easy to find at most garages throughout the country. Brazil is self-sufficient in petroleum, and is a world leader in the use of alternative fuels.

Most cars are bought or sold through registered dealers; the private used car market is not as widespread as in many other countries.