Important Documents To Check Before Buying A Car In Pakistan

Documents To Check Before Buying A Car In Pakistan

Important Documents to check before buying a car: To protect yourself, it is important to complete all the important documents before buying a car in Pakistan. After you have done your research and chosen a car to buy, check the documents below before spending your money.

For many people, buying a car is a big financial investment. Protect your financial investment by carefully checking the required documents.

Important documents to check before buying a car in Pakistan.


Whether the car you want to buy is registered or unregistered, if the car you want is registered, we can further divide it into three categories.

First, if the car is registered in Islamabad, all documents will be submitted to the Department of Excise and Taxation in Islamabad. After delivery, the agency will issue you a car card, and a biometric form is also required for sale. Second, if the car is registered in a different city, i.e., Lahore or Karachi, the Tax and Excise Department will return the documents. The third is where the car is not registered anywhere. It should be noted that both the invoice and the sales certificate are required for the sale, and they are two different documents.

If any of these documents are missing, you will have to register an FIR, and it will take around 2–3 months for a duplicate. Therefore, consider it one of the most important documents to check before buying a car in Pakistan.

Documents for Registered Cars

Documents required in Islamabad are the original number plate, registration book / registration card (current token paid), current owner’s CNIC, and car return file. In the case of a car registered in another city, the above documents are required, as well as the purchase invoice, previous transfer receipt, previous owner’s CNIC, and previous registration book / card.

If the car you want to buy is imported, you need to check additional documents such as a bill of lading, a goods declaration (GD), a copy of your passport, and an export certificate (Thukan or Logbook). If the vehicle is not registered, a copy of the passport must be valid.

CKD Vs Imported Cars

In the case of locally manufactured cars (CKD units), you need to verify the purchase invoice (three copies) and the original CNIC copy of the invoice holder. In the case of imported vehicles, you must check the bill of lading (BL), bill of lading, goods declaration (GD), copy of passport, and export certificate. Also, check the customs and excise requirements on the vehicle documents.

CNIC and Passport

What you need to check here is your CNIC name and expiration date. The current holder’s name in the CNIC must match the name in the register. Double-check the name on the passport, as it should be the same as it appears on the Goods Declaration (GD) and Bill of Lading (BL).

Goods Declaration (GD),  Bill of Lading (BL) and Export Certificate

In terms of the Goods Declaration (GD), check three things. First, check the provenance of the imported car, i.e., where the car came from. Second, check that the recipient’s name matches the name on the passport. Thirdly, check the number of chassis, and it must match the one shown in the BL and the export certificate. Another thing to note here is the foreign registration number of the car. These are very important documents to check before buying a car in Pakistan.

Check the buyer’s name and chassis number mentioned in the BL. Also, check the chassis number listed on the vehicle in each document. In the export certificate, look at the chassis number mentioned here and compare it with the one mentioned in GD and BL.

You should ask the seller when the vehicle is cleared from the customs port, as the vehicle must be registered within 60 days of being cleared from the port, otherwise it will incur a late registration penalty.

Number Plate and Purchase Invoice 

The vehicle plate must be original. Sometimes people put fancy plates on their cars. If so, ask for the original. Also, make sure that the registration number shown on the number plate matches the one shown in the registration book. If there is a purchase invoice, ensure that the name on this document matches the name on the CNIC. With the purchase invoice, you can request a sales certificate that further verifies the information.

Registration Card / Book 

First, check whether the book / registration card is original or duplicate. However, you need to know whether the document is original or a duplicate. Then check if the name mentioned in the book matches the name in the CNIC. Also check that the chassis number matches the GD, BL, export certificate, and invoice. Finally, check that the token has been paid up to date and that there are no outstanding bills. It is also considered one of the most important documents to check before buying a car in Pakistan.

Previous Transfer Letters and Receipts

If the vehicle was previously in the name of someone other than the current owner, you must also check the previous transfer letter and receipt. A transfer receipt says that the car has been successfully transferred to the current owner. A copy of the CNIC of the original owner must also be provided. Also, make sure the transfer letter is complete and not opened. Don’t buy a car with an open letter of intent. Also, if the car is rented from a bank, check the NOC. As before, check the current owner’s name and the car’s chassis number. Finally, the T.O. form is also important for sales.

Also check: How to Buy a Used Car: The Ultimate Guide!

We hope you understand all the important documents to check before buying a car in Pakistan. Stay tuned for more content like this, and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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