Import your vehicle from Switzerland to the United Kingdom
Are you looking to bring your vehicle into the United Kingdom?
Our 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 through this page, but don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak with a member of staff.
Most of the cars we register from Switzerland are driven to the UK by their owners and are already here, simply requiring the import registration processing with the DVLA. We can however handle the whole process of getting your car from any EU member state to the UK.
We mostly truck the cars by road on fully insured transporter vehicles, but can also takeover if the car is in the UK already or are planning to drive the vehicle into the UK.
When importing a car from Switzerland to the UK, cars under 30 years old are subject to 20% VAT, unless you are a transferring resident that has lived in Switzerland for over 12 months and have owned the car for more than 6 months.
Cars over 30 years old are subject to a historic rate of 5% VAT, unless you are a transferring resident that has lived in Switzerland for over 12 months and have owned the car for more than 6 months.
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 Switzerland 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.
Over 10-year-old 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.
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 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 Switzerland to the UK couldn’t be easier. To run through your requirements and find out more, contact us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442.
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