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Importing your car from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom

Why choose My Car Import?

Importing your car from Gibraltar with My Car Import is a seamless process. Once you fill in your details regarding your car we will compile a quotation that is bespoke to your individual requirements.

It will outline the route to registration which is slightly different for all cars. There is a plethora of information on our website that outlines the specifics of what might be required so if you are interested we recommend you have a look around.

However, the quickest way to get a quote for registering your car from Gibraltar is with our quote form.

We are the leading experts in the United Kingdom for registering cars and tailor the process of importing your car depending on where it is, and the car itself.

So we can arrange the entire logistics process on your behalf, then the onwards modification and registration once it arrives in the United Kingdom.

In reality, we understand that some cars might already be in the United Kingdom so don’t hesitate to get in touch as we’ll only provide you a price based on the information that you provide us with.

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.

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

The time it takes to transport a car from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom can vary depending on the method of transportation chosen. The two primary methods for shipping a car from Gibraltar to the UK are Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) shipping and container shipping. Here are the estimated transit times for each method:

Ro-Ro Shipping: Ro-Ro shipping involves driving the car onto a specialized vessel, and it is a common method for shipping cars. The transit time for Ro-Ro shipping from Gibraltar to the UK is typically around 3 to 7 days, depending on the shipping route and the specific schedule of the shipping company.

Container Shipping: Container shipping involves loading the car into a container, which is then shipped by sea. The transit time for container shipping from Gibraltar to the UK is generally longer than Ro-Ro shipping and can take around 7 to 14 days, depending on the shipping route and any potential layovers.

Please note that these are estimated transit times and can be subject to various factors, including weather conditions, customs clearance, port congestion, and the specific logistics of the shipping company. Additionally, there might be additional time needed for the arrangement and preparation of the shipping process, such as paperwork, loading, and unloading. It is essential to get a quote from My Car Import or freight forwarders to get more accurate and up-to-date information based on your specific requirements and the chosen method of transportation.

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

Shipping a car from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom typically involves using the Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) shipping method. Ro-Ro shipping is the most common and efficient way to transport cars across bodies of water. The transit time for shipping a car from Gibraltar to the UK using Ro-Ro shipping is typically around 3 to 7 days.

Keep in mind that the transit time can vary depending on several factors, including the specific shipping route, the schedule of the shipping company, and any potential delays due to weather conditions or port congestion. It’s always best to check with the shipping company or freight forwarder for the most up-to-date information on transit times and any additional requirements for shipping your car from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom.

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