*Updated January 2020*

Importing a classic car can be a complicated affair and depends on both your own circumstances and also that of the car. It’s also different when importing from within and outside of the EU.

As we have officially left the European Union on 31st January 2020, there is now a transitioning period until 31st December 2020 where the EU rules still apply. Please keep up to date with all BREXIT developments by bookmarking our other article – https://www.tradeclassics.com/how-do-i-import-or-export-a-classic-car-after-brexit/.

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There really is a lot of conflicting and confusing advice on forums / other sites. So in order to make sure I give you accurate advice I’ve done a lot of research and even called HRMC to confirm the somewhat confusing Import Duty and VAT position.

So I thought I’d write this article about the process for importing a classic car from the EU (European Union or Community), e.g. Italy, France, Germany and Spain, and also highlight the differences from outside of the EU; like USA and Australia. I’ve also written a generic blog on the UK registration side of importing a classic car, i.e. what to do once your lovely classic car hits UK soil – click here.

For the moment, I am going to assume that you are a private individual car owner who wants to import a classic car for non-business reasons and not for re-sale. Here are a few actions / considerations you’ll need to think about before embarking on bringing your dream car or motorbike back into the UK.

1.0 Research Classic Car Prices

Do your research, i.e. what type of classic car or motorbike are you looking at, how much do they sell for in their country and how much would it be worth in the UK. After all you don”t want to go through all this hassle if you could buy an equivalent vehicle for the same price – you must make sure their is a healthy difference to make it worth your while. When you’ve done enough research then see Section 2 and either 3 or 4 below based on where you are importing the car from, this is to work out the total cost of the car after importation.

2.0 Classic Car International Transportation

How are you going to get the car back, i.e. drive it back or arrange a transporter, or if you”re shipping your car from America then what carrier are you going to use. From the EU and as a very rough guide, a multi-car transporter will cost between £800 to £1000 per car from somewhere like Swizerland, Austria or Italy. This is going to be the most expensive part of bringing a car back into the UK – here are a couple of people you can call to work out a price:

Overland Transportation from EU Countries to UK:
http://www.carseurope.net
http://www.move-a-car.com
http://www.kentvale.co.uk

Shipping from USA to UK:
http://www.shipmycar.co.uk
http://www.penbrokecartainer.com

http://www.shipoverseas.com

3.0 Importing a Classic Car from the EU to the UK, e.g. from Italy, France, Spain or Germany

It”s a much simpler process to import a car from mainland Europe, e.g. Italy, Spain, France or Germany.

A representative from HRMC told me that “Single Market Rules” apply and it’s not a strict “import” as we are all considered one under EU law, so is more a “movement” of goods. So this is good news for the majority of us as:

a) No import Duty is liable – as it”s a movement of goods around the EU.

b) Also no VAT is liable – this is because VAT would have been paid in the country of origin on its original purchase.

The process steps to follow are:

a) Purchase of the car in the EU country of origin:

Make sure the car has a local MOT, e.g. a “revisione” for an Italian car (important if you plan of driving it back).

Make sure you insure the car – especially if you plan on driving it back home. You will need to use the car”s VIN number as you won”t have the new registration number until later in the process. Most classic insurance companies accept this identification and will issue a certificate.

In some EU countries you need to apply for temporary plates, e.g. in Italy the number plate is assigned to the driver and not the car – this is an additional cost and can set you back about 400EUR for signing the property document and 175EUR for the temporary plates. If the seller trusts you then you could use their plates to drive it home (if they don”t need them) and you could send them back in the post when you get to the UK.

Collect the original copy of the temporary registration document.

Collect the official declaration of sale with the sale price signed by you and the seller and a Notary.

Obtain a Certificate of Ownership.

b) Drive or Transport the Vehicle back to the UK.

c) Notify HRMC and organise the car’s MOT.

d) Register the vehicle with the DVLA – see my other article on this process – click here

Also, there are a couple of ancillary fees to add, namely a Customs Fee of about £50 and a DVLA registration fee of £55.

4.0 Importing a Classic Car from Outside of the EU to the UK, e.g. from USA, Africa, India or Australia

Logistically this is more complicated and also more expensive as it also involves the near certain liability of Import Duty and VAT. Classic cars coming in from outside of the EU will be subject to Customs Duty and VAT, as they are considered to be “new goods to the EU”.

I really recommend you contact an experienced importing company to help you with this process, however, the following will outline the steps you need to consider and will give you more knowledge on the subject.

a) Purchase the car in the country of origin – make sure you obtain key documentation, e.g. sale agreement, registration documentation.

b) Ship the vehicle back to the UK via a trusted shipping company.

c) Complete a C384 form to work out the amount of Customs Duty and VAT liable (for Private Motor Vehicle) for import purposes. You can download the C384 form via Her Majesty Revenue and Customs website = click here

d) Notify HRMC and organise the car”s MOT.

e) Register the vehicle with the DVLA – see my other article on this process – click here

4.1 Importing Cars Over 30 Years Old – 5% VAT Liability
Importing cars that are over 30 years old reduces VAT liability by 15%, as just 5% is charged against the cost of the car.  This could mean a significant amount of money difference on ‘modern classics’ e.g. if you purchase a 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS for $100k then you will save circa $15k on the cost of import. So when you’re looking at potential cars then be careful as just a one day difference in the registration date could be a significant extra cost.

UK customs have their own exchange rate for calculating VAT and Duty and it’s updated on a monthly basis – use this to work out the latest exchange rate – click here.

VAT is calculated as: $ Invoice + $ Shipping / Customs Exchange Rate + £Duty (if any) * 5% = £VAT

Note: yes Duty is added to this calculation as it is also subject to VAT too.

4.2 Importing Cars Under 30 Years Old – 20% VAT Liability.
As mentioned above – 20% VAT is charged and you’ll need to pay this when the car arrives into the UK.

UK customs have their own exchange rate for calculating VAT and Duty and it’s updated on a monthly basis – use this to work out the latest exchange rate – click here.

VAT is calculated as: $ Invoice + $ Shipping / Customs Exchange Rate + £Duty (if any) * 20% = £VAT

Note: Duty is added to this calculation as it is also subject to VAT too.

4.3 Importing Cars Originally Made in the EU – Any Age – £50 Duty Liability
If the car you’re purchasing was originally made in the EU then this will reduce your total Duty liability from 10% to just £50 admin fee. Again a significant saving if you’re planning to import cars from manufacturers such as Porsche, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar.

4.4 Importing Cars NOT Made in the EU – Under 50 Years Old – 10% Duty Liability
So if you’re looking at a non-EU manufactured car such as Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Cadillac then your total Duty liability will be the full 10%.

Duty is calculated as: $ Invoice Cost + $ Shipping Cost / Customs Exchange Rate * 10% = £ Duty.

Here”s a link to a handy online calculator to help you work out the costs – click here.

4.5 Shipping and Transportation Costs for Importing a Classic Car
This is one of the larger expenses – you can generally count on circa $1000 for shipping costs from a USA to a UK port (Tilbury / Southampton / Felixstowe) for a shared container (two cars in one container).  RORO (Roll On Roll Off) is cheaper but I wouldn’t recommend for a high value classic car. Also, remember you’ll need to get the car to a US port and that could increase the costs significantly. For example, it may cost circa $300 to securely transport a car a hundred miles or so to the nearest US port, but what if your car is in Texas and has 1,000 miles to get to a nearest port; well that could be another $1000 on top.

4.6 Classic Car Shipping Insurance
So your car has cost a few dollars and you want to make sure you don’t lose out if the worst happens like the ship goes down, or the car suffers damage in transit. Well you’ll need to think about insurance and that will roughly cost you 2% of the total cost of the car. So that Ferrari 328 GTS you’re thinking about for £100k will cost you $2,000 in insurance. Of course you could cut corners and leave this out – if you dare!

4.7 UK and USA Port Fees for Importing a Classic Car
USA port fees will be just over $200 and UK fees at £175 at the time of updating this blog (March 2017). So quite reasonable but make sure you include it as it all adds up.

4.8 Modifying the Car for UK Roads
Don’t forget you’ll need to get the headlights amended for UK roads and get the car MOT’d – depending on the exotic nature of the car this could cost you a few hundred pounds. I’d personally recommend you put £1000 by for this work and any other unexpected bills / parts you may need.

4.9 DVLA Registration Fee and MOT
You will need to get the car MOT’d first after the legal modifications to lights have been made – this will cost you circa £50 depending on your chosen MOT station. Once that is done you can then apply to the DVLA for registration to get the V5 logbook – this will cost you £55.

5.0 Example Costs for Importing a Classic Car from the USA

Okay so there was a lot to take in there – let’s look at a few examples for importing a classic car from the USA.
Example 1 – 1980 (Over 30 Years Old) Porsche 911 (EU Made) purchased for $80k = £73k total
Importing a Classic Car - Example 1
Example 2 – 1995 (Under 30 Years Old) Porsche 911 (EU Made) purchased for $80k = £83k total
Importing a Classic Car - Example 2
Example 3 – 2005 (Under 30 Years Old) Ford Mustang (Non-EU Made) purchased for $30k = £36k total
Importing a Classic Car - Example 3

6.0 Important Notes

– EU and Non-EU Manufactured Cars – If you are planning on importing an originally EU manufactured car to the UK from outside of the EU, e.g. you import a Porsche 911 from California, then the Customs Duty is waived (just £50 admin fee). However, UK customs will need to see evidence that the car was originally exported from the EU. In order to prove this, you can provide a copy export entry, the export invoice or the export bill of lading/airway bill. If none of these documents are available, you could also try to get hold of an official letter from the manufacturer which confirms that the car was fully manufactured in the EU. Please bear in mind that this needs to be ‘official’ and therefore needs to be on company-headed paper, and signed. If you can’t provide one of these pieces of evidence, then unfortunately you will have to pay import Duty and VAT, as if the car was newly entering the EU. UK customs will not except that a car has to be EU made just because the manufacturer is European!

– Importing Cars Over 50 Years Old – If the car is over 50 years old, coming into the UK from outside of the EU, then you don”t pay any import Duty and pay VAT at a reduced rate of just 5% as it”s classed as ‘historical interest’ under the 9705 ‘Goods of Historical Interest’ clause.

– Importing Cars Over 30 Years Old – If the car is over 30 years and under 50, coming into the UK from outside of the EU, then it may be also be officially classed as ‘historical interest”, under special circumstances and like cars over 50 years old means that you don’t need to pay import Duty, and that you pay a reduced rate of VAT at only 5%. However, in order to qualify for this, you will need to complete the ‘Binding Tariff Information’, this is basically a request for reduced import tax which you need to obtain from HM Revenue and Customs. For example, it may be very rare, have been used for a particular purpose, or owned by a famous person etc. If you think that this may be the case, then you can write to customs and ask to be considered under the 9705. However, I can reliably tell you the chances of obtaining this cause is very slim based on peoples” past experiences written up online. My advice: don”t waste your time unless the car was owned by Elvis and pay the normal Duty / VAT.

Here’s a link to a guide on the UK Government”s website – click here.  And a link to HRMC’s guide on VAT and Duty – click here.

That’s it, a lot to take in and different rules based on where the car is being imported from, but hopefully will give you the necessary steps to follow to make sure there are no nasty surprises.

Please remember, once you have your car through customs process, you then need to contact the DVLA in order to understand the registration process for your imported classic car.  Please read my article ’How do I register an imported classic car in the UK‘ for more information on the process.

Emma 


Emma Jones

EMMA JONES

This article was written and published by Emma Jones.  Emma works for Trade Classics as an in-house journalist and copywriter and has many years’ experience in the classic car sector.  Why not write a reply on this article below – she’d love to hear your thoughts on her thoughts!Also, don’t forget to check out the classic cars for sale here on Trade Classics.Google+


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Hello Emma, the car I plan to import is in Poland and is a 1965 Lancia Fulvia. A 1965 vehicle is MOT exempt in the UK so is it still necessary to obtain an MOT following import? (granted it is wise to ensure the car is safe to drive). Thanks

Stefano
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Stefano

I want to buy 1968 Alfa Romeo which is currently registered on German plates to the UK .The car is being held by a Belgian car dealer and they have agreed to ship it to me to London the only documentation it has is the green 2 part German registration document. Will this be enough to register as a Historic vehicle in the uk

renty
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renty

we have 1966 mustang brought from EU country . Want to restore in Asia and want to bring back to UK. can you please explain the procedure?

Stephen Atkins
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Stephen Atkins

Hi I am interested in buying back my old 1966 mini. I originally sold it to
A guy in London. It was then sold to someone in France. From there it was sold to someone in Switzerland just 8 months ago. The guy registered it in Switzerland but now has agreed to sell it back to me.
I’ve found someone to transport it back but not sure on any other documentation or taxes etc. The guy still has the French registration documents also. He said he will de register it in Switzerland whatever that means

Roger Brooks
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Roger Brooks

Hi a friend exported a 1990 Ferrari registered car from UK to HK in 2015. He didn’t change the car to under his name nor registered it in HK. He now wants to return it to the UK. It was a UK registered car. Does he need to pay VAT on it when it returns? If he sells it will he have to pay VAT on it? Is there a time restriction to avoid VAT if sells it? Thanks.

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

Hi Roger, your friend should have informed DVLA the car was leaving the UK for more than 12 months according to this; https://www.gov.uk/taking-vehicles-out-of-uk. I am not sure when these rules came in though, and how they then might affect the import of the car back in to the UK and any associated taxes etc. Sorry we can’t be more help.

David Wilkinson
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David Wilkinson

I’m interested in a British motorcycle manufactured in 1929. It was originally sold through a dealer in Denmark. The person selling it is in Belgium, and he bought it off someone in Holland. The bike has probably has been off the road for 40 years, is incomplete and is a restoration project. Is this classified as importing a vehicle, if so how does it fit with the legislation? Thanks

Tony Paul
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Tony Paul

Hi Emma I want to import a 1987 classic car from Spain but the car was originally from the UK is it easier to import the car back to the UK..?

Regards tony

Jose Pedro Pinto
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Jose Pedro Pinto

I there Emma Jones!

I need some advise on dealing with a car purchase and registration from outside europe:
What papers do I need to import 1970’s not running (for restoration) BMW car from Caracas (Venezuela) to UK or any other european country so I can pay as little as possible once I have a lot to spend on that restoration.
What are the steps I have to do (transportation, papers, invoices, wich car documents, and then MOT before or after the restoration, etc…), please.
Thanks in advance for your answer.

Stay safe and please accept my best regards,
JP

Steve
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Steve

Is it possible to import a 25 year old car from Northern Cyprus as we don’t officially recognise the country

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

I’m not too sure on that one to be honest. Normally when you import a car you provide the papers for the country it was registered in. Also a 25 year old car doesn’t fit in to the classic/historic bracket so it’s hard for us to advise. Well worth checking out the .gov website for details.

Steve
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Steve

Any problems with importing an MG from Northern Cyprus as we don’t officially recognise it ?

Danny
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Danny

Hello, I bought a Mexican made 1986 VW bay window combi and its being restored and converted into a camper by a garage in Mexico City. I had planned to travel with it in Mexico and the Americas but travel restrictions during the Covid19 shutdown obviously change our plans and now I would like to ship it to Europe. Would it be better to import the vehicle to Spain or the UK. Thank you and stay safe everyone! Danny

pedro
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pedro

great

Glen Barker
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Glen Barker

What needs to be done for me to import my 1969 Jaguar from the USA to the UK to be used for car events? Since some of these events have now been postponed due to current issues, I don’t plan to ship the Jag back to the USA until Sept. 2021. I am a permanent resident of the USA.

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

Are you planning on registering the car in the UK? I’m not sure how long if at all, and what you need to do to drive the car temporarily in this country on another countries registration like the USA.

Glen Barker
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Glen Barker

No, I only plan to drive the Jag to car events, and then ship it back to the States around Sept. 2021. When I’m not driving it to/from events, it will be sitting in a classic car storage unit.

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

Here’s some info on that kind of importing; https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/temporary-imports

david
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david

quick question. is it 30 years and older or over 30 years? looking at a registered 1990 car in the US.

Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

Hello Emma,
Buying a 1950 pick up already imported with a Nova Cert. but not reg. Does this vehicle need a roadworthy cert.

Thank you.

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

Hi Mike, from experience on a classic car like this, registration goes a lot smoother if you get the car an MOT. You can ask an MOT tester to do this on the vin or engine number, as the car of course does not have a UK registration yet. Hope this helps. Kulraj

Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

Thanks, all I need to know.

Mike S.

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jessica jameson

I couldn’t agree more with what you have to say regarding auto transport, car transport or vehicle transport. This car shipping and vehicle shipping awareness is something the people definitely need to know about. But I need to argue about a different mode of auto shipping which is open auto shipping. I needed to ship a vintage vehicle.
https://www.allstatetostateautotransport.com

Paul Sheppard
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Paul Sheppard

Hi I am looking to import a 1949 mg Into uk it has had a supercharger fitted to engine? Will this mean I have to pay import duty?

Fraser Laird
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Fraser Laird

Hello I am looking at buying a 1960 car which has been in this country since the 1990’s. It came from Norway but was never used on the road or registered here. What would I need to do to register it here?

Gerald Irving
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Gerald Irving

I have imported a citroen traction avant 1952 for a restoration project, can you advise who provides a valuation service for the HMRC?

Ian Harvey
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Ian Harvey

The Traction Owners Club offers this service – check http://www.traction-owners.co.uk and join the club for help and comprehensive spares availability

Neil
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Neil

I’m importing a 1972 Corvette very soon from the US. Where can I find a list of the modifications needed to the lighting system to pass a MOT test. Would these mods be the same as those required for a much newer car?

A.J.HOUBEN
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A.J.HOUBEN

my Son has imported a Porsche from Spain as a rolling shell for a complete rebuild. He has all the documentation, receipts etc. At the moment it is not road worthy and need a complete renovation and rebuild. Should he register the car now or when it is complete?

Simon Mac
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Simon Mac

I have a very similar question to Noel Faulkner’s. The car I have is originally a UK vehicle (right-hand drive) but is currently in Italy and unregistered. It still has the UK plates it was first registered with and I have documentation (via a UK car club) from the manufacturer that it is on their list of VIN and chassis numbers for these cars (not many made). It a 1971 model and is in excellent original condition. My question is: Can I get it re-registered remotely as a UK classic car without needing an inspection from the DVLA so I… Read more »

Keith S
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Keith S

The important thing here is whether the DVLA still has the vehicle on its computer records, and that a current V5c reg document is available. You can check on-line at the DVLA vehicle check website. If there is no current V5c (not the old V5) then you will almost certainly need to get the vehicle inspected. Driving it home would be a tricky one, although in theory you could get it insured on the chassis number, as if it was a foreign-registered vehicle.

Simon Mac
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Simon Mac

Hi Keith thanks for your reply. The car is still on the DVLA site recorded as unregistered (MOT expired 2007 – which I guess means exported). I have the paperwork that said he legally exported it from the UK. I have the most recent (2007) V5C. It was never registered in Italy, only ever in the UK since new. It has been stored for the past 12 years. Given that, could I get it re-registered in the UK prior to it being physically re-imported, if it’s insured and I pay the 5% VAT to customs when I come back in… Read more »

Keith S
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Keith S

Ah, if the vehicle is registered as having been exported, then the V5c you have is no more than a piece of paper. The vehicle will have to be re-registered once back in the UK, but that’s not something you can do while it’s abroad. Well, you COULD try it by applying for the UK reg as if the car was still here but the chances are the DVLA will want to have the vehicle inspected to prove it exists and is what you say it is (too many people have been trying to sneak cars in under the classic… Read more »

Noel Faulkner
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Noel Faulkner

Thank you for a very interesting and informative article. I have a small question. If the car was UK made and UK registered initially and then exported to Australia many years ago. Is the 5% Vat still payable on bringing it back to The UK?

Keith S
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Keith S

In theory, no, but will depend on whether you can provide adequate proof – not just showing them a vehicle wearing UK plates…

Patrick Geraghty
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Patrick Geraghty

Hi Emma , I am wondering will this new tax ,
nitrogen oxide (NOx) be applied to classic cars !
My friend has a 1984 Mercedes with U.K. plates !
It will be a disaster if this tax is applied ! It’s a 2.8Petrol .

Blessings Patrick

Keith S
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Keith S

No, classic cars are exempt from the emissions regulations.

Nick Brookman
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Nick Brookman

Hi, I’m thinking of importing a 1953 VW Beetle from Holland to the UK, but it’s still on Swedish plates and is registered in Sweden – what do i have to do to get it over to the UK. I will be driving it back from Holland, but want to know the best way of going about importing. Thanks

Mike Bruce
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Mike Bruce

In section 3 The process steps a):
Importing an orignal 1953 British car from Italy , If the seller trusts me do I need to get temporary plates at all ? or can I drive it home with their plates. They are happy with this.
Thanks

Tony Ash
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Tony Ash

Hi, I have a 1958 American Ford imported a few years ago currently wearing an age appropriate plate. If I transfer that plate to another vehicle will the DVLA issue another age appropriate plate to the ‘58 Ford?? Thanks, Tony

keith S
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keith S

You cannot transfer an age-related plate to another vehicle. However, you CAN transfer a personal plate to a vehicle which previously wore an age-related plate, as long as the personal plate is not newer than the age of the vehicle.

Hamish williamson
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Hamish williamson

Hi
I’m hoping on bringing a 1962 Citroen 2cv back from Spain to the U.K. the car a restro project so doesn’t run at all
Any info much appreciated
Thanks

John Grant
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John Grant

Really good article. Question. I am interested in ” importing” a 1968 European built LHD classic Vauxhall from France. It never had seat belts or anchorages from new. It has the French equivalent of an MOT at the moment. Will it pass the British MOT without the belts – any exemptions for this? Thanks in anticipation.

Regards,
John Grant.

Keith S
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Keith S

No, all vehicles built after January 1st 1966 must be fitted with seatbelts.

Ron
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Ron

If I import a 1968 car from the USA would I have to put a number plate ending with a letter denoting the year of manufacture on it (1968 would be G) or could it be personalised plate?

Samuel
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Samuel

Is it better to ship a classic car loaded in the container or roll on roll off? I know the ro-ro is the cheapest option … I have contacted few companies and they did not say anything but https://usgshipping.com customer service told me for a classic car, better to go with a container. Price is higher but it safer. Any other company to recommend?

Keith S
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Keith S

http://www.kingstown-shipping.co.uk – the only company I would trust. And yes, use a container. Don’t go ro-ro!

Robert
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Robert

Hi Emma , I intend shipping my dad’s Ford Cortina MK3 from Malta to the U.K. The car is registered in my name and has a current Maltese VRT (MOT) and insurance. When the car arrives (probably at Tilbury port) I presume I will be able to drive it to my garage as I will get a green card insurance. Once here then I will arrange for an MOT locally and register it with DVLA. Do you recommend any insurance companies for such cars here? Many thanks, Robert Hero

David Burton
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David Burton

Hi
I have a car that has been registered and driven in Guernsey in the Channel Isles for the last 21 years. I am hoping to import the car into the UK.
Guernsey is outside th EU and we don’t pay VAT here.
Any advice? Have you had experience of this scenario?
I will be returning to the UK next year and need to understand the costs/implications.
Thanks
David

Leo Hardwick
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Leo Hardwick

Good Morning ,

I’m looking to buy and import an Alfa Romeo Junior from Switzerland into the U.K.

Are there any particular rules and costs Involed as Switzerland is outside the EU or for import purposes is Switzerland treated the same as in the EU ?

Kind regards

Leo

Corinna Oppler
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Corinna Oppler

Dear Emma, I own and drive a more-than-30 year old Golf in Switzerland which is officially registered there as a “classic vehicle” and which I would love to bring into the UK. BUT! For a car to be classified as a “classic vehicle” in Switzerland, it needs to be over 30 years old (amongst other requirements, such as “in orginal, non-modified state”). In the UK, however, I am told, it has to be 40 years old. That is all-important because one of the main reasons I want to bring it here is because of the ULEZ regulations coming. (I live… Read more »

Simon Burgess
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Simon Burgess

My inkaws have lived in Spain since 2001 and drove their uk registered xr3i over there, it is now registered on Spanish plates. I’m having it brought back to the uk in the next few weeks. Can I request to have the old reg number back and also what forms for the dvla will I need.

Thank you Simon

Rocco Gregori
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Rocco Gregori

Hi i am considering buying a barnfind 1971 vw from italy to uk, owner has lost logbook however – if i get the car to uk with purchase receipt, can i register in uk without current italian logbook? (libretto) thx

Chris
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Chris

HI, I Want to buy a car in the Netherlands and drive it home. I have contacted two Classic Car Insurance companies who will not insure it till it is in the uk. What am I missing?

james harvey
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james harvey

Hi, Thank you for the above article. I am importing a Classic car from Sweden. My Swedish friend is bringing it over to the UK and it will be stored in my garage. It is right hand drive and has full Swedish papers, MOT etc. I’m just looking through the Registering process and it seems that the Classic car (1975) will need to be registered with the HMRC within 14 days, wait 48 hours for VAT clearance then send the V55/5 to the DVLA. However, i can’t see any mention on the DVLA links when to have the car MOT’d.… Read more »

steven Wilce
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steven Wilce

Hi James
You will need to insure and MOT the car before you apply for the V5 as you have to send off proof of insurance and a valid MOT certificate with the V55. Also you will need the Nova form from the HMRC stating that the taxes have been paid.
It sounds awkward but it is actually very straightforward if.

Roderick
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Roderick

Hi,
A great article, thanks. I’m hoping to import a 1970 jaguar to the UK from USA. It is a part complete project so is unlikely to receive an MOT within a year or so of being in the UK. Is this s problem or do I simply pay the D&V, take it home and wait until it is roadworthy before I MOT it and register it with the DVLA? Many thanks. Roderick

Keith Hazell
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Keith Hazell

There is no time limit on how long you can have the car in the UK without registering, the only stipulation is on payment of tax. As the vehicle is being imported from outside of the EU then it would need to be customs cleared and taxes paid upon arrival. If you need assistance with shipping or customs clearance please feel free to contact me at keith.hazel@lvshipping.com

Mark Willis
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Mark Willis

Hi
I’ve found an old Renault in France , it’s been sat for years but there’s no reg documents or any paper work with it , how can I go about bringing it to the U.K.
thank you
Mark

Anthony Whitworth
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Anthony Whitworth

If I buy a classic tractor (1963) so over 50 years old, from a non eu country, do I just pay the 5% on total including shipping? Thanks PS. Excellent article by the way! Tractor was manufactured originally in Germany.

David
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David

Hi Emma
I have a restored 1957 jaguar mk8 in New Zealand and would like to ship it to the UK and sell it.
Is this possible and what would be the vat and duty liability?
Regards
David

Keith Hazell
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Keith Hazell

Hi David, as a general rule vehicles over 30 years old will usually be accepted as being of “historic interest” and would only be liable to VAT @ 5% with no Duty payable. Please feel free to contact me for assistance keith.hazell@lvshipping.com

Richard
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Richard

Hi Emma, Great article… But I would like to know – I bought a 1985 BMW M635 CSI In the UK 10 years ago, and brought it to Australia, where I have been living. If I Imported the car back to the UK, would there be any UK VAT or duties payable?

Kulraj Salh
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Kulraj Salh

Hi Richard,

If you look at the important notes section 6.0, there is a chance that since the M635 CSi was a rare car, it might be deemed as having historical interest and so a reduced VAT of 5%. Worth taking a look at.

steven Wilce
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steven Wilce

I have imported loads of cars and they always put the Duty at 5% if its over 30 years old. just use a decent clearing agent and they will sort it for you

Nigel
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Nigel

Just so you all know my experience of using Autobox Logistics Ltd Essex which is carshippingmadesimple website part of Cargo Marketing Ltd. I drove to their shipping associate warehouse in Houston end of Jan 2018. They said it would be in Southampton in a month. After chasing and chasing it turned up in Felixstowe three months later. I was not happy and persuaded them to transport by truck to me in Devon at a subsided cost. I paid half, another £250 to swallow. It was left in the rain at Felixstowe and water had got in soaking carpet and seats… Read more »

graham
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graham

hi I am thinking of purchasing a mga 1956 which has been imported into the UK from Australia.The owner now wants to export it back to Australia because the cost of keeping and registering it in the UK is too much. It has been advertised here in Australia at a very low price,?. Comments please.

Tom
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Tom

Hi Graham
I have had a similar experience with a jaguar advertised in Australia but now in UK. Owner was unaware of 50%? Import duty and wanted to ship the car back. Also advertised here at low price.
Wonder if it is a scam?

Roman
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Roman

Hi Emma
I want to Import a classic car from outside of the EU to the UK NOT Made in the EU!
Soviet Gaz 21 1964.How much I’ll pay vat and duty??
And do I need to proof somehow that this car is no longer in production??
Thanks

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I have just imported a 1967 Jaguar E-Type from the USA to the UK, how do I get the vehicle history? I have the VIN number and was wondering if there was anyone who could advise me on where I will be able to obtain this information from?

david
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david

great write up cheers

Jonathan Kay
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Jonathan Kay

Contact Jaguar heritage in the UK, who for £45 will send you a heritage certificate for your car, giving the date of manufacture, the destination country and city, along with the numbers for the chassis, engine and gearbox.
If you check in the USA try Carfax who should have an online facitlity to show the history of your car in the USA.

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Hi Emma
I have the chance to purchase a 1953 split screen Morris Minor in South Africa, although this car is in good condition there is no registration documents, is this going to be a problem if i was to export it for sale in the UK.
If it is a viable proposition can you recommend anyone that can help with all the paperwork in the UK and post it for sale