Are you looking to import your Australian vehicle into the United Kingdom?

We can handle the whole process of importing your car from Australia, including the export, shipping, customs clearance, UK inland trucking, compliance testing and DVLA registration. We handle the whole process, saving you time, hassle and unforeseen costs.

Why choose us to import your vehicle from Australia?

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Shipping (Ocean freight)

For vehicles from Australia, we can handle the shipping on your behalf. This includes the scheduling of your vehicles ocean-freight, loading, and unloading.

Customs clearance (NOVA)

The customs clearance process and paperwork required to clear your vehicle is handled by ourselves to ensure your vehicle does not incur any additional storage fees.

Logistics (Road freight)

During every stage of the importation of the vehicle, we are on hand to arrange all of the relevant inland logistics on your behalf to ensure there are no delays.

Modification & testing

The vehicle 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.

Registration application`

Once your Australian vehicle is compliant we take care of all the paperwork required to register your vehicle in the United Kingdom and the vehicle can be collected or delivered.

Door to Door Registrations from Australia

Our quotes are fully inclusive and tailored to your specific import to the UK. On this page you will find information about the vehicle import process, to find out the costs involved in importing a vehicle from Australia to the UK please  fill in quote form and we will get back to you with a quote.

Getting your vehicle to the United Kingdom

From years of importing cars from Australia to the UK, we have carefully selected car shipping specialists who operate out of all the major ports in Australia to handle our client’s cars.

We offer complimentary collection within the city limits of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth but can add a quote to collect your vehicle from further a field in Australia at your request.

We typically ship the vehicles using shared containers, this allows you to benefit from a reduced rate for importing your vehicle to the UK due to sharing the cost of the container with other cars we are importing on behalf of clients.

Container shipment is a safe and secure way to import your vehicle into the UK and is often the most cost effective. If you would like a dedicated 20ft container for your vehicle then please ask, as we also supply this for our clients.

How much tax will you need to pay to import your Australian vehicle into the UK?

When importing a vehicle from Australia, there are four different ways to clear customs in the UK, depending on the vehicles origin, age and your circumstances:

  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured outside the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and 10% duty
  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured in the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and £50 duty
  • If you import a vehicle that is over 30 years old and not extensively modified, you will pay 5% VAT only

Are you moving back as a transferring resident to the United Kingdom? If you have owned the vehicle for over six months and have proof of residency in Australia stretching back 12 months – then your import will in most cases not be subject to import duties and taxes.


Australian vehicle modifications and type approval

For vehicles that are under ten years old, on arrival in the UK, your vehicle will need to comply to UK type approval. We do this using an IVA test. We have the only privately operated IVA testing facility in the UK, meaning your vehicle 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 individual circumstances.

We manage the whole process on your behalf, whether that is dealing with the homologation team of your vehicle’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 vehicle we have imported so can give you an accurate estimate of what your individual car will require to be ready for its IVA test.

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


Are you a transferring resident?

A large number of individuals decide to bring their vehicles back from Australia taking advantage of the tax free incentives offered when relocating.

We can assist in taking care of the vehicle whilst you are in the process of moving. If you have chosen to ship your personal belongings along with your vehicle in the same container we are also on hand to collect the vehicle on your behalf.

With a dedicated in house TOR expert, we can help with your application for a transfer of residency should you have any issues.

Worrying about getting your vehicle registered is something we want to be an easy process for you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding any queries about the TOR process.

TOR Vehicle Imports

Do you want to import your vehicle under the ToR scheme?

My Car Import are here to assist with everything to take the stress out of bringing your vehicle into the United Kingdom. Don't hesitate to get in touch for a quotation and further guidance on importation under the ToR scheme.

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Please note that we can accept payments in Austrlian dollars for transferring residents to offer the best possible value for money when importing your vehicle into the United Kingdom.

Frequently asked questions

Anything we missed?

Can I put anything in my car?

The good news is if you are planning on moving to the United Kingdom and want to go with a shared container, or a dedicated container, then yes.

A lot of our clients choose to make the most of the space in their vehicles when moving to the United Kingdom from Australia. Why wouldn’t you? You are paying for space so you might as well make the most of it.

There are two types of containers, and generally speaking, you can get yourself a shared container or a dedicated container. The sizes of a dedicated container are either 20ft or 40ft, so you can always put more things into the container if you are doing a big move.

We don’t deal with house moving, but we will happily empty your car for you once it arrives at our premises.

Unlike other shipping companies, we are also registering your car – so feel free to leave things in there whilst we get the compliance, modifications, and registration sorted.

You’re more than welcome to pick up anything you want though.


Can you ship a car that still has outstanding finance?

We would recommend paying off the finance entirely beforehand. In most cases, a finance company won’t let you export the car unless the balance has been paid.

Equally, it can cause issues during the registration process.


When do you have to pay us?

We take an upfront 60% deposit.

Anything extra that is required is payable at the end of the process.

It’s an easy system that ensures we have enough to cover the booking of your shipping.

Once we have registered the vehicle we request the remainder of the balance.


Can you help with classic Australian cars?

There is no doubt that Australia has some really fantastic examples of motoring heritage.

Classic cars from Australia are from a more temperate climate, they are a collector’s dream.

No rust, no rot.

Not to mention the 5% historical tax rate for classic imports.

We can handle the entire process with the utmost care.

We’ll even happily do any remedial work once your classic Australian car arrives in the UK.

You don’t have to MOT classic cars, but it’s recommended.

The car does still have to be road-worthy!

We deal with a plethora of imports from around the world but we’ll always love an Australian classic car.


We offer the complete import service

I'm a transferring resident from Australia, can I bring possessions in the car?
Absolutely. We do our best to accommodate the fact you'll most likely want to take advantage of the space in your vehicle. We cannot modify the vehicle with your possessions inside however so they are placed into storage until the vehicle is registered. It's a good way to make the most of the space you are paying for in the container shipment from Australia.
Will my Australian vehicle need an MOT?
Unless it is MOT exempt it will require an MOT which checks your Australian vehicle is safe, roadworthy, and has the correct emissions required for use in the United Kingdom.
Can you sell your vehicle following registration?
After importation and registration, you can sell your vehicle. However, if you are a transferring resident you will have to wait 12 months otherwise duties and VAT will be payable to the HMRC.
Will my Australian vehicle need an IVA test?
As the Australian market is predominantly right hand drive, they will need to show compliance with an IVA test. We will better advise the route to registration depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
Can you help to insure my Australian import?
If you have any questions about insuring your Australian vehicle after it is registered please ask at the time and we will be more than happy to help.
Can you install a tracker on my Australian import?
We highly recommend that if you are importing a vehicle that it is fitted with a tracker to protect your investment. Just get in touch and ask about our tracker services.