The UK’s Leading Car Importers


The UK’s Leading Car Importers

Are you looking to import your vehicle from New Zealand into the United Kingdom?

We are hugely experienced in importing cars from New Zealand to the UK. We can handle the whole process including the export, shipping, customs clearance, UK inland trucking, compliance testing and DVLA registration – this saves you time, hassle and unforeseen costs.

Getting your vehicle to the United Kingdom

Our New Zealand agents have been carefully selected to deal with vehicles we import for our clients. We can also quote to collect your vehicle from further afield in New Zealand at your request. We often ship the vehicles using shared containers, however can also quote for a 20ft dedicated container too, meaning you benefit from a reduced rate for moving your vehicle to the UK due to sharing the cost of the container with other cars we are importing on behalf of clients. Container shipment is a safe and secure way to import your vehicle into the UK and is often the most cost effective.

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

When importing a vehicle from New Zealand, there are four different ways to clear customs in the UK, depending on the vehicles origin, age and your circumstances:

  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured outside the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and 10% duty
  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured in the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and £50 duty
  • If you import a vehicle that is over 30 years old and not extensively modified, you will pay 5% VAT only

Are you moving back as a transferring resident to the United Kingdom? If you have owned the vehicle for over six months and have proof of residency in New Zealand stretching back 12 months – then your import will in most cases not be subject to import duties and taxes.


Vehicle modifications and type approval

For vehicles that are under ten years old, on arrival in the UK, your vehicle will need to comply to UK type approval. We do this by IVA testing the car. We have the only privately operated IVA testing lane in the country, which means the waiting time for an IVA test is massively reduced compared to government testing centres our competitor UK vehicle importers will be using.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has designs so we guide our clients through the import process, so please get a quote and we 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.

Cars from New Zealand may require some modifications depending on the model, these could be changing the speedometer to MPH and the position of the rear fog light if it is not already correct.

From years of importing cars from New Zealand to the UK, we know what is necessary depending on what car you wish to import, so get a quote from us today for your tailored quote.

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Vehicles over ten years old

Over 10-year-old cars are type approval exempt, but still require an MOT test and modifications similar to what is required for an IVA test prior to registration. The modifications depend on the age but are generally to the  rear fog light position.

If your vehicle is over 40 years old it does not need an MOT test and can be delivered direct to your UK address ahead of it being registered.


We offer the complete import service



How much does it cost to import a car from New Zealand?

At My Car Import we offer the complete import service, however, every quote is bespoke to your exact vehicle and requirements. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a no obligation quote to import your vehicle from Australia to the United Kingdom.

The more information we know about the vehicle the easier it will be to give you an exact price to import your vehicle.


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