Registering your car in the United Kingdom
Managing the paperwork to get your vehicle registered
My Car Import offers a fully holistic service in order to have your car fully UK road registered with the DVLA. We have built a strong relationship with the DVLA and are able to ensure that when importing with us, your registration occurs quickly and without issue. Registration and testing requirements are dealt with in-house and we are able to modify the vehicle to ensure they are compliant with regulations.
If you are importing a car from Europe, we will work to obtain a Certificate of Conformity (if you are not already in possession of one). This document will then define what modifications are needed to conform to UK road registration rules. This usually entails headlights, speedometer and rear fog light modifications. We can handle all paperwork for the process of having your car UK road registered from mutual recognition process, to V55 import application.
For Non-European imports, we handle NOVA entry of the car into the country, IVA modifications and full testing, as well as the DVLA registration process.
Let us help with your vehicle registration
Whatever the vehicle we are here to help you with a wealth of experience that comes from importing everything from million-pound supercars to priceless classic cars.
Can you help with registering a former UK car?
If a vehicle was once from the United Kingdom but registered in another country under foreign plates, what do you do?
Under the EU the vehicle market has flourished in terms of import and export. The free movement of goods means that a vehicle can be taken anywhere within the EU without in most cases tax implications. Thanks to the Certificate of Conformity which sets the standard for EU regulations – vehicles can be easily exported in most cases to neighbouring states.
Whatever the reason a car that was formerly registered in the UK is coming back – we can assist with the process of re-registering it. More often than not a vehicle might have been modified for use in another country much like it would have to be if it was a fresh import into the UK.
As such we can undertake the process of modifying the former UK vehicle on your behalf and undertake the DVLA registration on your behalf.
How much vehicle tax will I pay?
Vehicles in the United Kingdom are subject to a yearly tax which has to be paid for the vehicle to be driven here.
Vehicles in the United Kingdom are subject to a yearly tax that has to be paid for the vehicle to be driven here. It is based on the emissions of the vehicle and has multiple bandings to ensure the correct tax is paid.
Upon registration of a new vehicle in the United Kingdom, a one-off tax payment is due then after 12 months, you will pay a fixed rate. This is called the first tax payment and the second tax payment.
But how much will you pay? Well, this depends entirely on the car and the route to registration.
The greater your vehicle’s emissions the more it will cost to tax. This is where the route to registration can greatly affect the total cost of your import.
Sometimes it might be more beneficial to get compliance under the IVA test scheme. After an IVA test, the emissions are classified as simply under or over 1600cc.
This is critical to note because if you are lucky enough to own something like a ‘Lamborghini Aventador LP 770’, they produce about 450g/km of co2. Which would cost roughly over £2000 your first tax payment?
Under the IVA scheme, that same car would cost significantly less for your first tax payment due to the two bandings for tax as opposed to multiple tax groups. It’s actually over a £1700 saving in this ‘example’ plus the cost of the CoC which at the time of writing is £900.
Many of our customers trust us to import their vehicles because of our diligence in finding the most cost-effective options for their registration.
Please note we are the only IVA test lane in the United Kingdom that is privately owned and able to test M1 class cars.
Frequently asked Questions
Have a question regarding the registration of your vehicle? Don’t hesitate to fill in a quote form so that we can help further.