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Should I buy a car before or after I move to Sweden?

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essex9
4/11/2013 08:41 EST

Hey,
I have a few questions for you guys. I am moving to Sweden from Serbia for couple of years. My wife is Swedish. We can't decide what mekes more sense to buy a car in Serbia or Sweden?

The things I know:
1. Cars are app. 500Eur cheaper in Serbia then Sweden (I am buying a 10yrs old Fiat Stilo)
2. It is much cheaper to do the registration and insurance in Serbia.
3. It is possible to drive a car with Serbian plates in Sweden. The info on this online differs but most posts say for 12 months. Needs to be checked.

So, I there are two ways to do this:

Scenario 1:
We buy the car in Belgrade and register in my name. We use it for a year and then either register it in Sweden or sell it in Belgrade.

Questions:
For how long can a car be driven in Sweden with non-EU plates? (I read somewhere it's for one year)
If it's less then a year because of the insurance, can a foreign car get a Swedish insurance?
How much does it cost (approximately) to register a 2003 Fiat Stilo in Sweden?
I read that if you want to register a foreign car in Sweden (import it) you need to use it for 6 months before. Does it mean 6 months in the country of origin or I can buy the car, move to Sweden, drive it there for 6 months and then get Swedish plates?

Scenario 2:
We buy the car in Sweden and register it to my wifes name. She is Swedish but doesn't have a drivers license.

Questions:
Can you register and insure a car to a person that doesn't have a drivers license?
How complicated and expensive is it to get a permission for me to drive your car (outside of Sweden too)?

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