Importing a muscle car into the United Kingdom?
Tempted to import a muscle car? It’s hard to distract yourself from the allure of a naturally aspirated or supercharged muscle car.
Sadly, most of the muscle cars you would probably want to import are all the way over in America. Sure you could purchase a car within the EU – but most of our clients seek their dream cars further afield.
My Car Import is a door to door registration service.
We take care of everything involved in bringing your muscle car into the United Kingdom and registering it.
FINDING THE CAR IN AMERICA?
Sadly finding the car is down to you. We don’t offer a buying service – but our advice is always on hand if you are a serious buyer.
With a plethora of auction sites, it’s easy to quickly locate the muscle car of your dreams. Such a thing might not have been possible a few decades ago – but the internet wasn’t so impressive back then.
We recommend taking your time to find the perfect muscle car and don’t be afraid to take the time to ask the important questions.
Steer clear of cars that don’t seem to be from reputable dealers, and unless you are making a face to face purchase avoid classifieds from private individuals at all costs.
Buying a car from America can be daunting enough let alone wondering if the car you are purchasing is real or not.
One of the main reasons to purchase from America in the first place is simply because you’ll most likely get a better deal. After the time spent to import and register a car, it can be tricky to find a bargain in the United Kingdom.
Aside from the monetary value of a muscle car? Often you’ll struggle to find certain models. So it’s worth just getting the idea of importing into your head now, rather than later.
IF YOU DO DECIDE TO PURCHASE THE CAR WITHIN THE EU?
In theory, if you already have a car located in the EU that is registered in another European country it can make the route to registration much simpler which can cut down on the costs to transport the car.
Depending on the age of the car it will either require an MOT or it’ll be exempt from requiring an MOT. We’ll take care of all the paperwork on your behalf and perform any modifications as required.
Sometimes bargains are residing within the EU, usually owned by those that have transferred their residency in the past. So don’t discredit the EU entirely.
Equally, if the tax has already been paid in another EU country you shouldn’t owe any VAT on bringing it into the United Kingdom.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR VEHICLE?
My Car Import takes care of the entire process of shipping your American car. We’ll collect your muscle car from anywhere in the USA and deliver it to the closest port.
When it arrives the car is inspected at the port to ensure there is no damage and a full car report is produced prior to shipping your car from the USA to the UK.
It awaits loading onto a shared container which reduces the overall shipping cost.
Then we wait for the vessel to set sail with the container.
When it arrives in the United Kingdom you’ll have to pay import taxes relational to the age of the car and a few other factors. But we take care of all the paperwork and calculations on your behalf.
Afterwards, it is delivered to our premises. Ready for modifications to be conducted. If you would rather convert the car and MOT it yourself we can also arrange that.
REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE?
Unless the muscle car is much newer – it won’t require an IVA test. But modern cars will require an IVA test.
We can advise on the specifics depending on your car. After we have modified your car it’ll be tested accordingly and the registration application can be submitted to the DVLA.