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Importing your car from Bulgaria to the United Kingdom

Why choose My Car Import?

Our quotes are fully inclusive and based entirely on your requirements. You can find out more about the process of importation of your car on this page, but don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak with a member of staff.

What is the process for importing a car from Bulgaria?

Most of the cars we register from Bulgaria are driven to the UK by their owners and are already here, simply requiring the import registration paperwork to be processed with the DVLA.

We can however handle the whole process of getting your car from Bulgaria into the UK.


My Car Import is here to manage the entire process of transporting your car to the United Kingdom. We offer a seamless and effective logistics service to ensure your car makes it to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria safely.

After understanding your requirements and the value of the car, we provide a bespoke logistics solution tailored to your needs.


Your car can be transported via the sea, land, or air.

We take care of all the customs paperwork on your behalf, and we are on standby for any queries you have.

Alternatively, if your car is already in the United Kingdom, in most cases it can be remotely registered.


Once your car has cleared customs and is delivered to our premises we modify the car, test it, then register it.

The car is modified and tested by ourselves for compliance in the United Kingdom.

After which all relevant testing is undertaken onsite at our privately owned IVA testing lane.

  • We modify your car at our premises
  • We test your car at our premises
  • We take care of the entire process

How long does it take to transport a car from Bulgaria to the United Kingdom?

The transit time to transport a car from Bulgaria to the United Kingdom can vary depending on the shipping method chosen and the specific arrangements made with My Car Import.

Here are the main shipping options and their estimated transit times:

RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) Shipping: This method involves driving the car onto a specialized car carrier ship, and it’s often the most popular and cost-effective option. The transit time for RoRo shipping from Bulgaria to the UK is typically around 5 to 10 days, depending on the specific route and shipping schedule.

Container Shipping: With container shipping, the car is loaded into a container and secured for transport. This method provides more protection for the car but can be more expensive than RoRo. The transit time for container shipping from Bulgaria to the UK is usually around 7 to 14 days, again depending on factors like shipping company, route, and scheduling.

It’s essential to remember that these are approximate transit times, and delays can occur due to various factors such as weather conditions, port congestion, or customs clearance procedures. When planning the shipment of your car, it’s best to consult with reputable shipping companies for the most accurate and up-to-date information on transit times and to ensure a smooth transportation process.

Frequently asked questions

What is the process for importing cars under ten years old?

We do this using an IVA test. We have the only privately operated IVA testing facility in the UK, meaning your car will not be waiting for a testing slot at a government testing centre, which can take weeks, if not months to obtain. We IVA test every week on-site and therefore have the fastest turnaround to get your car registered and on UK roads.

Every car is different and every manufacturer has different support standards for assisting their clients through the import process, so please get a quote so we can discuss the optimum speed and cost option for your circumstances.

We manage the whole process on your behalf, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your car’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.

Australian cars may require some modifications, including the speedo to display an MPH reading and the rear fog light positioning if it is not already universally compliant.

We have built an extensive catalogue of the makes and models of cars we have imported so can give you an accurate estimate of what your car will require to be ready for its IVA test.

What is the process for importing cars over ten years old?

Cars over 10 years old are type approval exempt but still require a safety test, called an MOT, and similar modifications to an IVA test prior to registration. The modifications depend on the age but are generally to the rear fog light.

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

Can I import a car from Bulgaria to the UK?

Yes, it is possible to import a car from Bulgaria to the UK. However, there are certain requirements and processes that need to be followed.

What are the import duties and taxes involved in importing a car from Bulgaria to the UK?

When importing a car from Bulgaria to the UK, you may be required to pay import duties and taxes. The exact amount will depend on factors such as the value of the car, its age, and whether it meets certain emissions and safety standards.

Do I need to register the imported car in the UK?

Yes, once the car is imported, you will need to register it with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK. This involves completing the necessary paperwork and paying the relevant fees.

Are there any restrictions on importing cars from Bulgaria to the UK?

While it is generally possible to import cars from Bulgaria to the UK, there are certain restrictions to be aware of. For example, the car must meet the UK’s safety and emissions standards, and it may need to undergo an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test.

What documents are required for importing a car from Bulgaria to the UK?

To import a car from Bulgaria to the UK, you will typically need the car’s original registration documents, a purchase invoice or bill of sale, a valid insurance certificate, and a customs declaration form. Additionally, you may need to provide documentation related to the car’s conformity with UK standards.

Do I need to transport the car to the UK myself?

You have the option to transport the car to the UK yourself, either by driving it or arranging for a transportation service. Alternatively, you can get us to quote you for transport.

How long does the importing process take?

The time it takes to import a car from Bulgaria to the UK can vary depending on several factors, including the efficiency of the paperwork process, customs clearance, and transportation arrangements. It is advisable to get a quote for more information.

Are there any specific regulations for importing electric or hybrid cars from Bulgaria to the UK?

Electric or hybrid cars imported from Bulgaria to the UK may need to meet specific requirements regarding charging compatibility, emissions standards, and safety regulations. It is advisable to fill in a quote form for more information.

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