How much tax do you need to pay if your car is within the EU?

If you’re bringing a second-hand vehicle into the UK, you don’t have to pay VAT – as long as you paid VAT in another EU country when you bought it, but you must still complete a NOVA (notification of vehicle arrival) notification to HMRC within 14 days of the vehicle arrival. If you normally live in another country in the EU and bring a vehicle with you on a temporary visit to the UK, you don’t need to notify HMRC, as long as your stay is for less than 6 months in a 12 month period. If you are on a temporary visit but decide to permanently register your car in the UK you have 14 days to notify HMRC after your decision.

We are authorised to make NOVA notifications on your behalf electronically and handle this for you as part of our registration package.

How much tax do you need to pay if your vehicle is from outside the EU?

Moving to the UK

If you are moving to the UK and want to bring your vehicle with you then you don’t have to pay any import duty or VAT. This is providing you have owned the vehicle for over 6 months and have lived outside the EU for over 12 months. We need your purchase invoice or registration document to prove the length of vehicle ownership and a 12 month old utility bill, bank statement or property purchase/lease agreement to proof the length of time you lived in the country.

Importing a vehicle under 30 years old

Manufactured outside the EU:  If you import a vehicle from outside of the European Union (EU) that was also built outside the EU you will be required to pay 10% import duty and 20% VAT in order to release it from UK customs. This is calculated on the amount you have purchased the vehicle for in the country you are importing it from.

Manufactured within the EU:  If you import a vehicle from outside of the EU that was originally built in the EU for example a Porsche 911 built in Stuttgart, Germany. You have to pay a reduced flat rate of duty which is £50 and then 20% VAT in order to release it from UK customs.

Classic cars over 30 years old

In 2010 there was a landmark case won against HMRC that has changed the rules on how we import vehicles that are over 30 years old. Generally vehicles which are in their original state, without substantial changes to the chassis, steering or braking system and engine, at least 30 years old, and of a model or type which is no longer in production will be entered under the historic rate of zero duty and 5% VAT.

If vehicles were built pre 1950 then they are automatically entered at the historic rate of zero duty and 5% VAT.

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    Jack Charlesworth
    MANAGING DIRECTOR
    An expert in having anything from supercar to supermini imported and registered in the UK
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    Tim Charlesworth
    DIRECTOR
    With decades of car import and sales experience, there is no scenario Tim has not dealt with
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    Will Smith
    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    Will markets the business, deals with enquiries, trade clients and drives the business into new territory.
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    Vikki Walker
    Office Administrator
    Vikki keeps the cogs turning in the business and manages all the administration tasks involved in the business.
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    Phil Mobley
    INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS MANAGER
    Phil deals with clients from all around the world and helps them every step of the way.
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    Jade Williamson
    Registration and Testing
    Jade is an expert in vehicle testing and registration submissions in the UK.
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