When exploring the possibility of shipping a car from Singapore to the UK, you’ll instantly notice that there are a number of hurdles you need to pass before you can head out onto the UK road network. To ease the uncertainty around exactly what needs to be done, we at My Car Import are on hand to take control of the whole process for you.

Being vastly experienced in the field, we’ll ease the burden on you by completing the following process on your behalf.

Deregistration in Singapore

The very first stage of the process requires your input as you’ll need to deregister the vehicle in Singapore and acquire your export plates before we can ship it. Once you’ve achieved this, you can then take the vehicle directly to our agents who will load it onto the vessel bound for the UK.

Vehicle Loading & Shipment

Once you’ve handed over the vehicle to our agents in Singapore, they will then ready it for shipping. Taking great care to load your vehicle safely, it will be securely fastened in place so it’s all set for the voyage.

The My Car Import agents in Singapore are vastly experienced and will always take the utmost care when loading and unloading your vehicle, however if you would like additional peace of mind, we do offer optional transit insurance which can be organised directly through us.

Import Tax & VAT

When importing your car from Singapore to the UK, there are likely to be charges incurred. You will however avoid such charges if you are moving to the UK permanently, as long as you’ve lived outside of the EU for 12 months and owned the car for a minimum of six. Despite avoiding charges, it is important to bear in mind that you won’t be able to sell the car on for at least 12 months.

If you aren’t moving to the UK or haven’t owned the car for at least six months, you will be required to pay import tax and VAT; the amount of which is based on how much you paid for the vehicle and where it was built. The breakdown for this is as follows:

  • Vehicles built in the UK are subject to a one-off £50 duty tax and 20% VAT
  • Vehicles built outside of the UK are subject to 10% duty tax and 20% VAT

For vehicles over 30 years old, subject to conditions, you may qualify for reduced import tax and just 5% VAT.

Vehicle Testing & Modification

On arrival in the UK, your vehicle will be transported directly to our East Midlands’ based facility for testing and modification. With the differences in road laws between the UK and Singapore, we need to ensure that your vehicle is fit to be driven on the roads in this country.

As we have fully fitted workshops on site, we can conduct the necessary modifications such as adjusting the headlights, installing a rear fog light and changing the speedometer to show miles per hour on your behalf, without having to take the vehicle elsewhere.

We are also the only import company in the UK to have our own approved IVA test lane for passenger vehicles; a test that must be passed by all vehicles under ten years old.

Should your vehicle be over ten years old, it will be required to undergo an MOT, which we can again can conduct onsite for you. This will assess its roadworthiness and our team will make any adjustments accordingly.

UK Registration Approval

Following on from the completion of the tests and modifications, your vehicle will be ready to receive DVLA registration approval. As a My Car Import customer, you will have exclusive access to a DVLA Account Manager who will process all of the paperwork and complete the registration in a far shorter time than would be the case with other companies.

Once approved, your vehicle is legally allowed to be driven on the UK roads. We can then arrange for transportation of the vehicle to a chosen address or you can come and collect it from our facility yourself.

Take the hassle out of shipping a car from Singapore to the UK by calling on the team here at My Car Import. With extensive experience behind us, you can rely on us to safely get your car into the UK and have it ready to head out onto the roads. Call us today on +44 (0) 1332 81 0442 to run through your requirements.

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