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Importing your car from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom

Why choose My Car Import?

Tackling the process of shipping a car from Abu Dhabi to the UK alone can be a lengthy, confusing and potentially stressful process, so we are on hand to relieve you of all the associated worry by handling all elements of the import.

Ahead of shipping from Abu Dhabi to the UK, you will need to apply for export number plates with RTA. This is an incredibly straightforward process and, once you have received the plates, the My Car Import agents in Abu Dhabi will accept your car at the warehouse ready for shipment to the UK.

The next stage of the process involves the loading of your car into its container prior to shipping. We have taken great care to ensure our agents in Abu Dhabi follow our practices and you can rest assured that they all have extensive experience in shipping all manner of cars.

They will load your car with the utmost care before securely fastening it down so there is no chance of movement whilst at sea. We do offer optional transit insurance for added peace of mind which insures your car to its full replacement value during the journey.

If you are following your car to the UK to live, you can bring the car in completely tax free if you have owned the car for a minimum of six months and have lived outside of the UK for over 12 months. It is important to bear in mind that you won’t be able to sell the car on for the first 12 months you are in the UK.

For more recent car purchases, you will be required to pay import duty tax and VAT; the price of which is calculated based on the value of the car. If your car was built in the EU, you will pay a one-off £50 duty and 20% VAT however, if built outside of the EU, you will pay 10% duty and 20% VAT.

If you are shipping over a car that is over 30 years old, by meeting a set of conditions, you will in most cases qualify for a reduced rate at just 5% VAT and no duty.

Before your car can be registered and legally allowed to be driven on UK roads, a level of modification and testing is required; again dependent on the age of the car.

After your car has cleared UK customs, it will be collected and transported to our premises where, if it is under 10 years old, it must pass an IVA test before the DVLA will register it.

At My Car Import, we are the only company in the UK to have our own, on-site DVSA approved IVA testing lane for passenger cars. This means we can reduce turnaround times significantly compared to Government run facilities by completing the testing and modifications in a much shorter time frame.

A variety of modifications will be required for your car to pass the IVA test, but all will be completed on-site by our team. Changes to your car may include, but are not limited to, changing the speedometer to miles per hour, adjusting the headlight pattern to suit UK roads and installing a rear fog light if there is not one fitted as standard.

For those cars over 10 years of age, an MOT test is required alongside a number of modifications and road safety testing to ensure it is fit for driving on UK roads.

With My Car Import, you’ll benefit from our own DVLA Account Manager who works exclusively with our clients to process registration applications far quicker than traditional methods.

After registration, we’ll fit your new number plates so the car is ready to hit the UK roads. You then have the option to collect directly from our depot in the East Midlands or we can arrange delivery direct to your door.

We strongly believe that shipping a car from Abu Dhabi to the UK couldn’t be easier than with My Car Import, so contact us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442 to discuss your requirements and begin the process.


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Moving to the UK from Abu Dhabi?
What should you know:

Visa and Residency:
Research and understand the visa requirements for moving to the UK. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to apply for a visa, such as a work visa, student visa, or family visa. Visit the official UK government website or consult the nearest UK embassy or consulate in Abu Dhabi for detailed information and guidance.

Housing and Accommodation:
Start looking for housing options in the UK. Research different areas, consider your budget, and explore rental or purchasing options. Keep in mind that the UK has a different rental and property market compared to Abu Dhabi, with varying costs and tenancy regulations.

Familiarize yourself with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and understand how it works. If you are eligible for NHS healthcare, register with a local GP (General Practitioner) after arriving in the UK. Explore private healthcare options if you prefer additional coverage.

If you have children, research schooling options in the UK. Consider the age of your children, curriculum preferences, and availability of schools in your chosen area. Understand the admissions process, fees, and any specific requirements for international students.

The UK has an extensive public transportation system, including trains, buses, and the London Underground. Research the transport options available in your chosen location and consider factors such as commuting costs and travel times. You may also need to familiarize yourself with driving regulations and obtain a UK driver’s license if you plan to drive.

Banking and Finances:
Open a bank account in the UK to manage your finances. Research different banks, compare services, and consider factors such as fees, accessibility, and digital banking options. Notify your Abu Dhabi bank about your relocation and arrange for any necessary international transfers or financial matters.

Weather and Climate:
Be prepared for the change in weather and climate. The UK experiences temperate weather with varying seasons throughout the year. Pack appropriate clothing and necessities for different weather conditions.

It’s essential to stay updated with the latest information and requirements related to immigration, residency, and any specific regulations that may apply to your situation. The UK government’s official website and reputable sources will provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for a successful transition.

Remember that moving to a new country requires patience, flexibility, and a willingness to adapt. Embrace the opportunities and challenges that come with your move to the UK, and seek support from relevant authorities and fellow expatriates to ease your transition.

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How long does it take to ship a car from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom?

The time it takes to ship a car from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom can vary based on the shipping method, specific shipping route, and other logistical factors. Generally, there are two common shipping methods for transporting a car between these locations:

Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) Shipping: In Ro-Ro shipping, the car is driven onto a specialized vessel at the port of origin (Abu Dhabi) and driven off at the destination port in the United Kingdom. Ro-Ro shipping is generally faster and more cost-effective for transporting cars. The transit time for Ro-Ro shipping from Abu Dhabi to the UK is typically around 2 to 4 weeks.

Container Shipping: Alternatively, the car can be transported inside a shipping container. The car is securely loaded into a container, and the container is then placed on a cargo ship. Container shipping may take a bit longer than Ro-Ro shipping due to additional handling and processing time. The transit time for container shipping from Abu Dhabi to the UK is typically around 3 to 6 weeks.

Please note that these transit times are rough estimates and can be influenced by various factors, such as weather conditions, port congestion, the shipping company’s schedule, and the specific destination in the United Kingdom.

To get a more precise and up-to-date estimate of shipping time for a car from Abu Dhabi to a particular port in the United Kingdom, it’s recommended to fill in a quote form for more information on how long it will take at the time of quotation. That way we can provide you with accurate time frames to import your car from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom.

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Frequently asked questions about importing a car from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom

What types of car can you import from Abu Dhabi?

You can potentially import a wide range of car types from Abu Dhabi to the United Kingdom or other countries. Abu Dhabi, being a wealthy and diverse region, has a thriving automotive market with various types of cars available for export. Some of the types of cars you can consider importing from Abu Dhabi include:

Luxury Cars: Abu Dhabi is known for its luxury car market, and you can find a wide selection of high-end cars from prestigious brands like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and others.

SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles): SUVs are popular in Abu Dhabi due to their versatility and performance. You can find various luxury SUV models suitable for import.

Performance Cars: The region has a strong interest in performance cars, and you can find a wide range of sports cars and supercars for import.

Exotic Cars: Abu Dhabi is known for its collection of exotic and rare cars, and you might find unique and limited-edition cars for export.

4×4 and Off-Road Vehicles: Given the desert terrain and outdoor lifestyle, you can find rugged 4×4 and off-road cars suitable for import.

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Abu Dhabi, like many other regions, is promoting the adoption of electric cars. You can find various EV models available for export.

Hybrid Vehicles: Hybrid cars are gaining popularity in Abu Dhabi, and you can explore various hybrid models for import.

Classic and Vintage Cars: If you’re interested in classic and vintage cars, Abu Dhabi might have well-preserved and sought-after models.

Convertibles: With the region’s pleasant climate, convertibles are popular, and you can find various models suitable for import.

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