Expat Car Leasing and Rental Netherlands

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Expatriates can get a car without a Dutch credit history

As an expatriate, you can arrange for your car before or after you move to the Netherlands. There are no restrictions with our program about when to start the process. Together with our Dutch partner we can arrange insurance, finance, registration and road tax and have you “on the road” within 48 hours of your arrival – 24 hours in most cases! A destination service created for expats moving to and living in the Netherlands.

Our time and money-saving program

With our “Personal Car Shopper Service”, we will assist you on how to buy (lease) a car in the Netherlands, support you with advice, quotes, vehicle registration, and other practical information. You will benefit from buying (leasing) a car in the Netherlands with locally tailored support for you.

We can assist you in all of the Netherlands

All major cities and all smaller cities, we’ll be there for you: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, sGravenhage, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Groningen, Breda, Apeldoorn, Nijmegen, Enschede, Almere, Haarlem, Arnhem, Zaanstad, sHertogenbosch, Amersfoort, Maastricht, Dordrecht, Leiden, Haarlemmermeer, Zoetermeer, Emmen, Zwolle, Ede and the list goes on…

No matter what city or province you are relocating to, contact us for your car needs: Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, North Brabant, North Holland, Overijssel, South Holland, Utrecht and Zeeland.

New and Used Cars

Let your Personal Car Specialist assist you with locating the right car for you.

Expat Car Leasing

We offer leasing at 4.00% to 6.00% flat rate interest rate per annum for qualifying customers.

Expat Auto insurance

Get competitively priced insurance. No Dutch driver’s license needed to set up coverage.

Car rental

Rentals are from 1 day up to 12 months. This service is only available to our corporate clients and RMC partners. Contact us for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the expected delivery time?

    The expected delivery time is 2-3 weeks for cars in stock. New cars may take 3-4 months depending on the manufacturer.

  • Is insurance included in the rates?

    Yes, comprehensive insurance is included. Deductible excess of EUR 300 applies.

  • Can the car be delivered to my home?

    Yes, the car can be delivered at a fee of EUR 66.

  • Is maintenance included in the lease?

    Yes, maintenance, service, and repairs and a replacement vehicle after 72 hours are included. Tires will also be provided in case of wear.

  • Is Roadside assistance included?

    Yes, Roadside assistance in the Netherlands and abroad is included.

  • Do you offer used cars?

    No, only new cars are available for lease

  • I work in the Netherlands for a German / Belgian employer. Can I lease with you?

    This is certainly an option. We have offices in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, which makes us the leasing company that can be of service to you in these kinds of complex situations. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

  • Do you support Global Mobility HR with their expats’ transportation needs?

    Yes, we can assist corporate human resource divisions in coordinating all transportation needs for their employees on international assignments.

  • Do you offer corporations direct billing via invoicing instead of credit card payment?

    Yes, we offer different payment options worldwide for corporations. This is individually accessed and may not be available for all.

  • How can ExpatRide support our corporate relocation service needs?

    We work with you to establish a global mobility program for all aspects of car transportation. Aligning customary transportation across continents, budgets, allowances, self-pay, approved vehicles, individually tailored solutions, and centralized direct billing arrangement across all services.

    If you work with a Relocation Management Company. We can support and implement the plan mentioned above together with the RMC, including coordinating expense management for your employees, thus utilizing the relocation support services infrastructure already provided to you by the RMC. We work with all the major RMCs and Destination Services Providers.

    Please see more information on our “Corporate page”

  • Is ExpatRide specialized in only supporting expatriates, or is it available for short-term and domestic needs?

    ExpatRide’s primary focus is on workforce mobility services. It includes all employees’ transportation needs, be it short-term international assignments or long-term and permanent moves. We can assist employees moving domestically and internationally.

Practical Information on Driving in the Netherlands

Speed Limits

• Motorway/Freeway (‘Autosnelweg’): 130 kph (unless signed otherwise). Minimum speed is 60 kph.
• Expressway (‘Autoweg’): 100 kph (unless signed otherwise). Minimum speed is 50 kph.
• Regional access roads: 60 kph
• Municipal roads/Built-up areas: 50 kph
• Local access roads: 30 kph
• Housing estates/residential areas (‘Woonerf’): 15 kph

Alcohol & Driving

In the Netherlands, there are strict regulations about alcohol and driving. It is an offense to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% or more than this level. The regulations are even stricter for motor vehicle drivers who have been license holders for less than five years.

Kids in Cars

It is obligatory that children under 18 who are less than 1.35 metres tall must travel in an EU approved child car seat or raised booster seat if (without a booster) the seat belt crosses at their neck. This applies to travelling in the front to back seats. A child under three may not be transported without being strapped in to a seat. The Netherlands has not widely adopted Extended Rear Facing car seats and most commonly-sold car seats rear-face only until between 9 – 12 months of age.


The following documents are needed when you drive a car in the Netherlands: It is compulsory to carry the following when driving a car:
• Driving licence (and a passport if the driving licence does not include a photograph)
• Vehicle registration card
• Vehicle insurance document (not technically compulsory but strongly recommended)

Minimum Age

18 years is the legal minimum age to drive a car unsupervised (or ride a motorbike with an engine capacity over 125cc).

Auto Insurance

It is obligatory for all cars registered in the Netherlands to have at least third party liability auto insurance (‘wettelijke aansprakelijkheid’), other motor insurance: fire, theft, vandalism is optional.

Phone & Driving

Drivers in the Netherlands are not allowed to hold a phone while driving, whether making calls or reading messages. Hands-free set ups are allowed.
You can only use a phone if you are parked or stationary, and those who break the rules face significant fines.

Seat Belts

It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seat belt.

Driver's License

It is compulsory to be in possession of a valid license, car registration papers and insurance documents when driving a car in the Netherlands. A Dutch, EU or International driving license is acceptable unless the driver holds non-EU citizenship and has been resident in the Netherlands for more than 180 days. In this case he must be in possession of a valid Dutch driving license.

How to Exchange your Foreign Driver’s License for a Netherlands Driver’s License

To exchange (omwisselen) your existing national driving licence (rijbewijs) for a Dutch one, you must fit into one of several categories. If you don’t, you can use your existing licence for six months (185 days) after becoming a resident, during which time you need to take the CBR theory and driving tests. You can take both the theory and practical exam in English.

Visit RDW for more information RDW.

Note: Information may not be up to date. Please check official government information for latest laws and regulations.

We finance all makes and models nationwide

We offer the following car brands and any other car brand available in the Netherlands

Learn to navigate the Dutch language of leasing

Below you’ll find a translation of common lease terms from English to Dutch. To learn more about the meaning of these terms, simply follow the link to our Glossary for Expat Car Leasing

Glossary for Expat Car Leasing | ExpatRide

Common lease terms – English to Dutch

Down payment or Capitalized cost reduction – Aanbetaling of geactiveerde kostenreductie
Depreciation – Afschrijving
Early Termination – Vroegtijdige beëindiging
Excess mileage charge – Overtollige kilometers in rekening gebracht
Excess Wear and Tear – Overmatige slijtage
First Month’s Payment – Betaling van de eerste maand
Insurance – Verzekering
Lease term – Leasetermijn
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – Aanbevolen verkoopprijs van de fabrikant
Maintenance package – Onderhoudspakket
Monthly payment – Maandelijkse betaling
Option to Purchase – Mogelijkheid om te kopen
Residual value – Restwaarde

"So responsive and a pleasure to deal with"

– Neil from Britain, Toyota C-HR

"I highly recommend ExpatRide for anybody looking for a car after making the big move!"

– Andreas from Denmark, Audi A4

”The service we received was amazing! Out of everything we've had to do with our move overseas, getting our new car was the easiest and most stress-free."

We are ready to assist!

    • Start process before or after arrival to the Netherlands
    • Competitive interest rates
    • We can source any make and model
    • Personal Car Shopper Service (free service) - saves time and hassle with visiting dealers
    • Assistance throughout the term in regards to registration, renewals, etc