Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Notification of Vehicle Arrival (NOVA)?

As of April 15th 2013 the rules changed on how we are expected to notify HMRC of vehicles arriving into the UK from within the EU. My Car Import attended all the stakeholder meetings and even helped HMRC test the new system prior to it going live. We have an online portal where we can make your NOVA notification directly to HMRC on your behalf. The NOVA system links directly to the DVLA so if you haven’t completed the notification the DVLA will reject your new registration application.

What is the Mutual Recognition scheme?

We can apply for the Mutual Recognition scheme if you are importing a left-hand-drive car, motorcycle or light goods vehicle first registered within the EU. The Mutual Recognition scheme asks us to:Supply an Original European Certificate of Conformity which will normally have to be ordered through the UK homologation department of the manufacturer of your vehicle.

  • Supply an Original European Certificate of Conformity which will normally have to be ordered through the UK homologation department of the manufacturer of your vehicle.
  • Supply Garage evidence that the vehicle meets the United Kingdom national requirements (UK specification headlights, dual marked speedometer, suitable rear fog-light(s))
  • If your application is accepted, the VCA will give you a certificate. We need to present this to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland, to support your application for registration.

What is IVA testing?

IVA stands for Indivdual Vehicle Approval. You can use the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) scheme if you’re making or importing a single vehicle or a very small number of vehicles in the following categories:

  • passenger cars
  • light goods vehicles (up to 3,500kg)
  • buses and coaches
  • medium to heavy goods vehicles (more than 3,500kg)
  • trailers
  • special purpose vehicles, eg vehicles specially designed to hold a wheelchair

What is a certificate of conformity?

A Certificate of Conformity is a declaration a vehicle conforms with the EU type approval standards. A COC is a manufacturer’s declaration that the vehicle complies with European regulations. This document contains information about the vehicle and its producer’s identification, type approval number, technical specifications and other data. The content of a COC is defined by EU regulation (Amendment IX, Regulation 92/53). Vehicles without the EU specification (e.g. vehicle manufactured for the U.S. or Japanese market) and older vehicles that have not been given the type approval of the EC yet, do not have an existing COC. Similarly, it is not possible to issue a COC for converted vehicles. A COC is only obtainable for passenger vehicles, motorcycles and tractors.

How can I save costs whilst my car is being imported?

My Car Import can beat all major vehicle rental companies on cost, allowing you to still be driving on UK roads whilst waiting for your car to become UK road registered. We can offer a broad range of cars to suit all budgets whilst adding a level of convenience you will not be able to find elsewhere.

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Where Is The Vehicle Located?


Within EuropeOutside Europe

Where Is The Vehicle Currently Registered?

Is the vehicle older than 10 years?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Do you have an original certificate of conformity?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Is the vehicle older than 10 years?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Have you owned the car for over 6 months whilst living outside the EU for over 12 months?


YesNo

Have you owned the car for over 6 months whilst living outside the EU for over 12 months?


YesNo

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Provide more details about your import here. It helps to quote more accurately.

Where Is The Vehicle Located?


Within EuropeOutside Europe

Where Is The Vehicle Currently Registered?

Is the vehicle older than 10 years?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Do you have an original certificate of conformity?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Is the vehicle older than 10 years?


YesNo

Does Your Car Have Xenon Headlights?


YesNoNot Sure

Does your car have a rear fog light on the centre or right of the vehicle?


YesNoNot Sure

Have you owned the car for over 6 months whilst living outside the EU for over 12 months?


YesNo

Have you owned the car for over 6 months whilst living outside the EU for over 12 months?


YesNo

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