Most of the cars we register from Europe are driven to the UK by their owners and are already here, simply requiring the import registration processing with a Certificate of Conformity, the VCA and DVLA. We can handle the whole process of transporting your car from any EU member state to the UK if needed.
We mostly truck the cars by road on fully insured transporter vehicles, but also offer roll on roll off shipping services from more remote areas. During transit your vehicle is fully insured and in most circumstances will be delivered to our premises, however, a small number of our clients prefer to have the vehicle delivered to them and simply use our services to process any paperwork required by the DVLA to register the vehicle. This is dependant on many vehicle specific factors so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are unsure.
If you would like to drive the vehicle on arrival in the United Kingdom and simply require our services for dealing with the paperwork. Please check the insurance for driving your vehicle in the United Kingdom. It might be invalid but do not hesitate to get in touch should you require insurance – we use a number of insurers who can insure a vehicle using the VIN number.
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.
Vehicles from within the EU that are over ten years old are type approval exempt. This does not mean that they don’t require any modifications or work to be completed before they can be registered – but it does make the route to registration much more modest.
How much is import tax when importing a vehicle from the EU to the UK?
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.
Why choose us to import your vehicle from the EU TO THE UK?
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.
From transporting your vehicle through to testing and registration – we take care of everything. All that is left is to fit your new UK number plates and we get 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 Europe 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.
Do we just import cars from the EU?
The EU makes up a large proportion of vehicle imports into the United Kingdom, however there are numerous private imports from across the world that we assist with each month.
There is no place we can’t import and register vehicle from, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if the vehicle is outside of the EU.
What are the rules on temporarily importing your vehicle?
If you aren’t planning on residing in the United Kingdom for an extensive length of time, and the vehicle is already in the EU then you can use your foreign plates without registering or taxing your vehicle in the UK.
This is only allowed if you are only visiting the United Kingdom and do not plan to live here. For any permanent residency – a registration of your vehicle will be required.
The vehicle must be registered, taxed, and insured in the country of origin. Failure to do so could create issues should there be an accident.
Your vehicle can only reside in the United Kingdom for a total of 6 months. Although if it is for numerous short visits over a 12 month period that is also acceptable.
If you decide to keep your vehicle in the United Kingdom for a period longer than that, please don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding registration.
We offer the complete import service
Customs paperwork, import duties and taxes all dealt with.
Fully insured transportation to our premises.
Essential for your car to be UK road registered.
Your vehicle delivered to where it needs to be.
I want to drive my car whilst it is being registered?
For the vast majority of vehicles that don’t require an IVA test we don’t need to have your EU vehicle onsite for any extensive period of time. We have noticed a growing trend in customers who have driven their vehicles into the United Kingdom and simply need their modifying for compliance. If you are still driving around on foregin registration plates and your insurance covers you, then we can often fit your car in for a ‘Same day registration’.
You bring your car to our premises in Castle Donington and we can undertake the modifications to make your vehicle compliant for use in the United Kingdom whilst you wait. It is then taken for an MOT test to ensure the vehicle is road worthy and if there are no issues you will be issued an MOT pass certificate.
Once we have your MOT certificate you can take the car away, with your foreign registration plates. We’ll submit the registration application on your behalf and when your new registration number is received the foreign plates can be exchanged for the GB registration plates we post to you.
It’s a simpler way of registering your EU vehicle if you need to use it on a daily basis.
If you are a bit further away and can’t make it to our premises but your vehicle is already in the United Kingdom we can also assist with the registration of the vehicle and the work can be undertaken at a garage that is local to you depending on the work required.
The best way to find out the route to registration is with a quotation. It will outline what is needed to register your EU import in the United Kingdom.
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