The UK’s Leading Car Importers


The UK’s Leading Car Importers

Importing your vehicle from Germany to the United Kingdom

My Car Import offers a door to door registration service for registering vehicles from Germany

Our German vehicle import quotes are fully inclusive and based entirely on your requirements. You can find out more about the process of importation of your vehicle on this page, but don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak with a member of staff.


If you are looking to import your vehicle into the United Kingdom don't hesitate to fill out a quotation form. Please provide as many details about your german vehicle as possible and we will be in touch within 24 hours. Get a quote

Getting your vehicle from Germany into the United Kingdom

Transporting your vehicle from Germany into the United Kingdom is the first step in the process of your vehicle importation

Most of the cars we register from Germany are already in the United Kingdom. However, if you require transportation don’t hesitate to mention in your quote request that you need us to collect the vehicle. All vehicles are fully insured during their transit to the United Kingdom and we take care of all the customs entry paperwork and organise all of the transport making it a simple process to import your vehicle.

  • Collection
    We collect your vehicle in Germany either using enclosed transport or a vehicle transporter. It can be a few days before your vehicle arrives in the United Kingdom.
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  • Customs
    We will get your vehicle safely into the United Kingdom without a hitch and complete the NOVA on your behalf.
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  • Arrival
    If your vehicle is coming to our premises in Castle Donnington we will safely unload and store your vehicle ready to be scheduled in for modifications. In some cases the vehicle can go directly to you.
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Please note that whilst you can ship your vehicle, road freight is one of the fastest methods of getting your vehicle into the United Kingdom from Germany. Don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding the transport of your vehicle from Germany if you have any queries regarding the transportation of your German vehicle to the UK.

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

All vehicles entering into the United Kingdom that are being registered need to have their tax paid beforehand. We offer assistance with the entire process to take the stress out of your vehicle import.

Vehicle arrival

The HMRC requires that you complete a NOVA for the vehicle on arrival in the United Kingdom within 14 days to prove that no tax is due.

Nova submission

We will prepare the submission on your behalf meaning there won't be any issues registering your vehicle later.

How much tax will you have to pay?

When importing a car from Germany to the UK, you can do so completely tax free providing the vehicle is both over 6 months old and has covered over 6000km from new.

When importing a new or nearly new vehicle, the VAT must be paid in the UK so please don’t hesitate to run any queries past us in reference to planning your import taxes prior to purchase.

For those concerned about Brexit and the tax implications. At present vehicles being imported into the United Kingdom are still covered by the EU’s ‘Free Movement of Goods’ during the transition period until 31 December 2020.


Vehicle modifications and type approval

My Car Import can assist in the entire process of modifying your german vehicle to be compliant for use within the United Kingdom. Depending on the age of your vehicle the route to registration is slightly different, you can find out more about what is involved below:

Is the vehicle under ten years old?

For vehicles that are under ten years old, on arrival in the UK, your vehicle will need to comply to UK type approval. We can either do this with a process called mutual recognition or through IVA testing.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please enquire so we can discuss the optimum speed and cost option for your individual circumstances.

We manage the whole process on your behalf, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your vehicle’s manufacturer or the Department for Transport, so you can relax in the knowledge that you will be legally registered with the DVLA in the shortest time possible.

Left hand drive cars from Germany will require some modifications, including those to the headlight pattern to avoid glare for oncoming traffic, the speedo to display the miles per hour reading and the rear fog light if it is not already universally compliant.

We have built an extensive catalogue of the makes and models of vehicle we have imported so can give you a quick cost estimate of what your individual car will require.

Is the vehicle over ten years old?

For vehicles over ten years old from Germany, most cars and classics are type approval exempt, but still require an MOT test and certain modifications prior to registration. The modifications depend on the age but are generally to the headlights and rear fog light. Sometimes vehicles from Germany will also require modifications to the speedomoter if it does not register in miles per hour.

If your vehicle is already in the United Kingdom and you are facing issues with the registration process we are more than happy to help remotely register your German vehicle. For most vehicles over ten years old the work can be undertaken by your local garage to modify the vehicle. We then take care of all the paperwork remotely and post your number plates to you. Please note that if you are within driving distance we are more than happy to schedule a one day apointment to undertake the modifications at our premises in Castle Donington.

As we successfully lobbied for our clients to have access to our own My Car Import dedicated DVLA Account Manager, on passing the testing phase, the registration can be approved far quicker ensuring that french vehicle registrations are faster than alternative methods.

We can then fit your new UK number plates and have the vehicle ready for either collection or delivery to a location of your choice.

A streamlined, convenient process that has been tailored over many years, importing a car from Germany to the UK couldn’t be easier. To run through your requirements and find out more about our offering, contact us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442.


We offer the complete import service for German vehicles


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Decades of experience

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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.