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Paperwork needed when buying a used bike in Delhi

Hi all, Long time listener first time caller here.

I'm headed to Delhi at the end of the month and wanted to get advice on what paperwork you need to get when buying a used bike and the process involved in getting third party insurance.
I realize you cannot register a bike in your name on a tourist visa, but how do people get around this and how difficult is crossing into Nepal currently?
Do you need to go buy third party insurance or does the insurance that's comes with the bike cover it?
Any other advice about buying a used bike in Delhi would be appreciated, I was thinking about buying one from a classified instead of a dealer as there are some cheap bikes available , bad idea?
Thanks all and happy travels
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I'm headed to Delhi at the end of the month and wanted to get advice on what paperwork you need to get when buying a used bike and the process involved in getting third party insurance.
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Since you won't be able to register the bike in your name, make sure you have the necessary transfer documents so you can sell the bike at the end of your trip. Generally they are form 29 and 30. Make sure they are signed by the last owner.

Also, it will be easier to sell the bike in the place where it is registered. People are reluctant to buy bikes registered in another state as transferring them from another state is quite a tedious process.

Also ensure that the insurance and Pollution Certificate are up to date. It's generally quite inexpensive to get these updated. If the police stop you they will ask for these, so it's worth getting it done if it's lapsed.

I'm not sure about how to get the Third party insurance in your name. SInce the bike won't be in your name, it might be difficult. But I might be wrong, so it's worth trying.


Any other advice about buying a used bike in Delhi would be appreciated, I was thinking about buying one from a classified instead of a dealer as there are some cheap bikes available , bad idea?


What bike are you looking to buy? If you're looking at classifieds, the website olx.com is a good site to find a bike.

Hope this helps!

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Daniel.
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Thanks for your response,
I've heard a form mentioned called "no objection certificate" could you clarify if your able what that is and is it equivalent to a bill of sale?

I was going to try buy a pulsar 220 or a karizma, any kind of semi reliable small jap bike, heard too many horror stories about the Enfield.

Thanks
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A No Objection Certificate is the document that allows a vehicle to be transferred out of the state and into another state in India. It cannot be used as a bill of sale.
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Thanks for the info Daniel, very helpful.

Is the "no objection certificate" a official form?, or is it just written down on paper, if so what do you need to include to make it official?

Thanks again.
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An NOC is issued by the Transport Office of a particular state which enables the vehicle to be re-registered in another state in India. It's basically to ensure that the vehicle is not stolen and does have any pending fines/cases . If I'm not mistaken, it's valid for a limited period of time after its issued, so the application to the next RTO has to be submitted before that.

To initiate the process of obtaining an NOC, there a form that the previous owner will have to sign that gives permission for the NOC to be created.

It would be a little bit easier to sell a bike in another state if you have this form signed by the previous owner.
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In india the law does not permit citizens of other countries to register vehicles in thier name. Anyvone who has done so has not done it illegally.
All foreigners ride bikes hired or papers in some one elses name. An insurance in the owners name is valid for the period stated even after an owner sells the vehicle to some one else. On transfer the insursnce policy can be transfered.

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Thanks guys I'll just go to transport department and get a NOC for the owner to sign.

I'm not too concerned with the insurance aspect as I have my own liability insurance.

Would there be a problem crossing the border into Nepal in a bike that is registered in someone elses name or will a bill of sale be sufficient? What forms do they check or is it one I those drive too fast and you'll miss it borders?

Finally, what's the best strategy to sell a Indian bike in Kathmandu? I know it will be difficult being a Delhi bike, anyone found a easy way?

Thanks again, headed over this Sunday.
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No problem to enter Nepal with Indian bike, but you should register with Nepal customs on entry as you have to pay Nepal rd tax. You can sneak the bike in, but this could create problems when you leave, unless, of course, you sell the bike in Nepal, in which case the buyer will inherit the problem !
I.ve bought and sold several Indian bikes and never had one in my name, possesion of the papers is considered proof of ownership and most foreigners tend to pass the bikes around between themselves. However a properly filled in and notarized vehicle transfer form from the last registered owner would be required if selling to a local (Indian), and should, therefore be required on purchase.
For selling the bike in Kat, try www.hambrobazaar.com, it's kind of a Nepali ebay, lots of vehicles. Again, you would really be looking to sell to a foreigner, as the bike is Indian reg, for a Nepali to buy , he would have to import it and pay the 300percent import duty, so you really want a buyer who will take the bike back to India.
Finally, NOC, No Objection Certificate, means what it says, can be issued by many different departments for many different reasons, in Nepal, for example, if you wish to purchase a bike as a foreigner, you require NOC issued by your embassy, before you can register it in your name (yes, in Nepal this is possible),in Manali, if you want to cross the Rothang pass on a non HP reg vehicle you need an NOC from the local sub magistrate etc.
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