If you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy company to take control of shipping a car from Bahrain to the UK, you have come to the right place. At My Car Import we have a number of years’ experience in shipping from this region so can take care of every element for your complete convenience.
Deregistering the Vehicle in Bahrain
The first stage of the process requires the vehicle to be deregistered in Bahrain before it can be shipped to the UK. You will need to acquire export plates from the RTA ahead of our agents in Bahrain receiving the car in the warehouse to ready it for shipping.
Loading & Shipping of Your Vehicle
Whilst in our capable hands, you can have complete confidence that our team will take great care of your vehicle during the loading process. Our handpicked agents are vastly experienced in this field so will load carefully and fasten securely so the car won’t move an inch in transit.
For further peace of mind, we do offer transit insurance as an additional option which will insure the vehicle to its full replacement value throughout the journey from Bahrain to the UK.
Import Tax Legislations
There are a number of import tax legislations that must be adhered to during the process to avoid any hold-ups in you receiving your vehicle on arrival in the UK. Bringing your car to the UK is tax free if you are moving too, yet you must have lived outside of the EU for over 12 months and have owned the car for a minimum period of six months prior to import.
If you have owned the vehicle for less than six months, an import duty charge and VAT will need to paid. The end fee is based on the amount you paid for the vehicle and follows the below criteria:
– £50 one-off import duty and 20% VAT for vehicles built in the EU
– 10% import duty and 20% VAT for vehicles built outside of the EU
If you are bringing over from Bahrain a vehicle which is 30 years old or older, you will qualify for a reduced rate of 5% VAT by meeting certain conditions that are in place.
Testing Before Vehicle Registration
On arrival in the UK and after clearing customs, we will collect your car from the port and transport it back to our centre via vehicle transporter.
In order to be registered and able to be driven on UK roads, vehicles under ten years of age and imported from Bahrain are required to undergo an IVA test.
With My Car Import, you’ll benefit from us being the only company in the country to have its own IVA testing lane so turnaround times are far quicker as we avoid having to send your car elsewhere.
To pass this stage of the process, your vehicle will require a number of modifications to ensure it is suitable for UK road use. Just some of the changes we will make include installing a rear fog light if one isn’t fitted as standard, converting the speedometer to mph and adjusting the headlight settings. Each car is likely to require a different level of work so we will always supply you with a bespoke quote to get a clear understanding of the costings.
If your imported vehicle is over ten years old an IVA test is not required, yet modifications and road suitability testing will be necessary. It must also pass an MOT test before the DVLA will register the vehicle.
DVLA Registration & UK Plate Fitting
Once the vehicle has undergone the necessary testing and modifications, the next stage is the registration with the DVLA. We again are able to speed up this process for our clients as we have our own DVLA Account Manager who is on hand to process all applications.
After the car is registered, we will then fit new UK number plates and the vehicle is ready to hit the road. We can either arrange for collection from our East Midlands depot or deliver the car direct to the door of your property.
For a convenient, fast and almost effortless import process when shipping a car from Bahrain to the UK, choose My Car Import. Call us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442 to begin the process by discussing your requirements with our team.