The UK’s Leading Car Importers


The UK’s Leading Car Importers

Are you looking to import vehicle from the UAE to the United Kingdom?

We handle the whole process of importing your car from the UAE, including shipping, testing and registering vehicles. We can handle any age or type of vehicle. We are experts in the process and offer a one stop shop for importing your car.

Our quotes from the UAE include all the costs involved in importing your car. 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 page, but don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak with a member of staff.

Getting your vehicle to the United Kingdom

We ship your vehicle from Jebel Ali and our agents assist with the whole RTA deregistration process. We can also organise inland trucking to the port for very competitive rates. From the UAE we ship vehicles using shared containers, meaning you benefit from a reduced rate for moving your vehicle to the UK by sharing the containers with our other client’s cars. Get a quote today and see the cost of importing your car from the UAE to the UK.

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

When importing a vehicle from the UAE, 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
  • If you are moving to the UK, having lived in the UAE for 12 months or more, and owned the vehicle for 6 months or more, you can import tax free.

Vehicle modifications and type approval

For vehicles from the UAE that are under 10 years old, your vehicle will need to comply to UK type approval. We do this using an IVA test, which is mandatory in order to be registered. Luckily for our clients, we have the only privately operated IVA testing lane in the country, meaning the turnaround time to have your car registered is significantly reduced than anywhere else.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please get a quote from us to understand what is needed for your car.

We manage the whole process on your behalf during the modifications and testing, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your vehicle’s manufacturer or physically testing your vehicle. You can be assured in the knowledge that you will be legally registered with the DVLA in the shortest time possible.

Left hand drive cars from the UAE 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 dealt with nearly every make and model of car from the UAE so please get in touch to discuss your vehicle import.

Vehicles over ten years old

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

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


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Decades of experience

  • JC
    Jack Charlesworth
    An expert in having anything from supercar to supermini imported and registered in the UK
  • Tim Website
    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.


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