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Old 2 Feb 2011
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Leaving a car in the Stans

Hello there,

I'm planning a trip to the Stans next year and a major question is if any of those countries let me leave/sell/dump my car. The simple reason is that I cannot afford the time driving back to Europe...

My route would be Ukraine-Russia-Kazakhstan and the rest depending on the question above.

Thanks for all hints.
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You can't leave vehicle in Kazakhstan. Ok, you can but it will be a problem with documents. Much easier is to leave your car in Kyrgyzstan.
I suggest to do that.
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Thanks, Sambor!
I was thinking also of Tajikistan... that would probably be the last country visited as my plans are nowadays.
But I'm open for any other options.
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None of the five former Soviet states of central Asia mark the car on you passport (many often assume that the car symbol on your entry stamp means you are in possession of a car. It does not, it just means you entered at a road border crossing, as opposed to an airport or rail crossing etc), only on your customs declaration.

So if you 'lose' your customs declaration, there is no evidence of the car, and you can dump it, or sell it informally (i.e. on the spot).

To find a reliable buyer, get the cash and sort the paperwork would probably take longer than driving it back.

I don't know what customs would make of you losing a customs declaration, but I would aim to dump the car either in Kyrgystan or Tajikistan. Kyrgyzstan has very lax border procedures - when I crossed into the country with my car they didnt even stamp my passport, and I had no customs declaration at all. Kyrgyzstan is a popular country to dump / sell old cars.

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Thanks Daniel,

I'd rather finish off in Tadjikistan for several reasons (logistics for instance). Will try to scan the market over there. Planning a trip in October.
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leaving a car in the stans...I'm in Almaty

I am British, living in Almaty for 3 years, here for another 2 at least... interesting plans you have for your trip. I understand you now want to end in Tajik but I would be interested to find out more about your plans. If you wanted to end in Almaty, I might be interested in buying your car and driving back to UK.

This would mean that paperwork will be less of a problem as the car will leave again. Or I might be able to sort the paperwork here as my partner is Kazakh and has some connections...

Drop me a personal message or email wide boy racer (all one word) at hotmail dot com.
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Contact in TJ

Hey there,

anyone knows anyone in TJ who might be able to help me selling a 4WD?
I have limited time once finishing my trip in Dushanbe and need to fly back.
Anyone reliable, speaking English, probably wanting to make some money...


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