The UK’s Leading Car Importers


The UK’s Leading Car Importers

Importing your Canadian vehicle into the United Kingdom?

We are industry experts when importing vehicles into the UK, so rather than attempting this process alone, we strongly recommend utilising our services to make life considerably easier for you.

Transporting your vehicle from Canada to the United Kingdom

Shipping from Canada either happens from Vancouver or Toronto, and we organise the whole process from collection, inland trucking, shipping, customs, testing and registration. Get a Quote from us for a tailored and inclusive quote to import your car from Canada to the UK.

Inland Trucking of the Vehicle

We have great agents in Canada who help with exporting and shipping your vehicle to the UK, will arrange collection of your vehicle from your address or the address of the person you have purchased it from if needed.

We offer enclosed or open transport services to meet all requirements and budgets. We will then have the vehicle transported to the nearest port.


Vehicle Loading & Shipment

After your car’s arrival at our depot, we will then load it into its shipping container with the utmost care and attention. Our agents on the ground in the Canada have been handpicked because of their experience and attention to detail when detailing with cars. They will make sure your car is fastened in the container ready for transport to the UK.

We provide marine insurance which covers your vehicle up to its full replacement value during transit.


How much tax will you need to pay to import your vehicle?

When importing a car from Canada to the UK, you can do so completely tax free should you have owned the vehicle for at least six months and have lived outside the EU for over 12 months.

If these criteria don’t apply then vehicles built in the EU are subject to £50 duty and 20% VAT, based on the amount you paid for the vehicle, with those built outside of the EU coming in at 10% duty and 20% VAT.

Most vehicles that are over 30 years old will qualify for 5% import VAT and no duty when being imported, providing they haven’t been significantly modified from their original use and are not intended to be your daily driver.

Vehicle modifications and type approval

On arrival in the UK, your vehicle will be subject to a number of tests and modifications in order to ensure it reaches UK highway standards.

Modifications mainly include adjustments to the signal lights on the vehicle. US and Canadian manufactured vehicles tend to have different coloured indicators, which are often integrated into the brake light bulbs. They also have different coloured side lights and regularly have no side indicators or fog lights.

We will convert your car to UK standards using the latest in-house LED light technology, allowing us to complete all necessary changes and maintain your car’s styling.

Vehicles imported from Canada that are under ten years old will then need to undergo an IVA test before the DVLA will approve registration. As the only company in the UK with a privately operated IVA testing lane for passenger vehicles, which is approved by the DVSA and ISO certified, the time it takes to complete this feature of the import is considerably quicker than using other vehicle importers as your vehicle never needs to leave our site and we control the testing schedule.

An IVA test isn’t required for vehicles over ten years old, however it will need to pass an MOT so must be roadworthy in terms of signal lights, tyre wear, suspension and brakes, which we will of course check, in order to be fit to be driven on UK roads.

If the vehicle is over 40 years old it is MOT exempt and can be delivered directly to your address in the UK and be registered remotely.


We offer the complete import service


See some of the latest vehicles we have imported

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Decades of experience

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    Jack Charlesworth
    An expert in having anything from supercar to supermini imported and registered in the UK
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    Tim Charlesworth
    With decades of car import and sales experience, there is no scenario Tim has not dealt with
  • Will Smith
    Will Smith
    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.
  • Phil Mobley
    Phil Mobley
    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.


What our clients say

Get a quote to import your vehicle with My Car Import

My Car Import has successfully performed thousands of vehicle imports from start to finish. Wherever your vehicle is in the world, we will be able to handle every step of your import and registration process. We have a worldwide network of agents on every continent to give us up to date local knowledge and confidence wherever your vehicle is located.

We are the only car importer in the UK to have made a considerable investment in a DVSA approved testing facility for our site. This means DVSA inspectors use our onsite testing lane to issue individual type approvals to our client’s vehicles. With our worldwide presence and ongoing commitment to all aspects of UK compliance, we are the market leaders in our field.

Get a quote to import and register your vehicle in the United Kingdom?

My Car Import has successfully performed registrations for thousands of imported vehicles. Wherever your vehicle is in the world, we will be able to handle every step of your import and registration process.

With our worldwide presence and ongoing commitment to all aspects of UK compliance, we are the market leaders in our field. Whether you are personally importing your vehicle, commercially importing multiple vehicles, or trying to gain low volume type approvals for vehicles you are manufacturing, we have the knowledge and facilities to meet all of your requirements.

Don't hesitate to fill out our quote request form so that we can provide a quotation for the importation of your vehicle to the United Kingdom.

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