Importing a second hand motorhome

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  1. peterc10

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    Motorhome prices seem very much cheaper in Europe at the moment and I am thinking of buying a secondhand one there. I have seen several threads setting out in detail how to buy new and import, including dealing with VAT etc. But can anybody help me with secondhand ones please.

    I am thinking about ones that 2 years or so old, so they should all have a CoC. And I would probably buy from a dealer.

    What is the best (cheapest) country to buy secondhand in?
    Does VAT have to be dealt with as with a new one?
    How do I pay for it and get it over from wherever I buy it back to home?
    How do I then get it registered in this country?
    And finally are there any problems with insuring imports?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
     
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    Might be worth doing a search first

    There has been plenty of posts about this recently

    Good luck with your purchase (y)
     
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    The only ones I have seen are about new ones.
     
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    I think the principle is very similar, though. It was easy importing my CBR1000 from Switzerland
     
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    Peter,
    I see that the N & B that you expressed an interest in has now been flagged up as sold. Somebody's got themself a lovely van.
    Stef.
     
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    I did it in May. Easy.

    No VAT @ that age.

    Paying as you would pay in the UK.

    Insurance can be found if you do a bit of searching- depends on level of cover.

    Bit of paperwork with VCA and DVLA in the UK but can be turned around in 4-6 weeks.

    Germany, France and Belgium all have decent dealers at fair prices.
     
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    Many thanks. Have you got a link to any decent dealers you came across please? And also links in the VCA and DVLA please? Or is it as easy as just searching their site , because in my experience government sites are never that well organised!
     
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    Would there be the full VAT to be paid in the country where it was bought from a dealer. I understood that the UK only charges VAT on the balance between the cost and the sale price of a dealer bought vehicle but the rest of the EEC charge the 20% on the full sale price.
    I may be wrong and would be delighted if I was as that would make secondhand a lot cheaper from there. You cannot claim back the VAT on a secondhand one from the German dealers. If you look on Mobile.de the ex- rental ones all leave off the VAT reclaimable bit as you must pay it there????????????????????????? The new ones all have the VAT as refundable. I think it is 6 months and 6000 miles when the break point between new and secondhand occurs with HMRC.
     
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    You will have to pay local tax, yes. Not into the UK as if listed above 6 months or older (unsure of mileage so please do check these points). Even with the local German tax (19%) still cheaper.

    And nail the Euro price you buy, which is key. A movement from 1.2 - 1.3 is the equivalent of £3k. I was lucky and managed to get a rate of 1.41, which the movement that week, for me paid for the all the costs (flights, hotels, food, spending money and fuel driving back).
     
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    We did it in March from France.
    Would do it again now we got the hang of it.
    It's the VCA you have to be careful with ;)
     
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    Yes, a real shame. I did not even get a chance to look at it before it went.
     
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    For those of us who don't know please tell us what a VCA is?
     
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    OK - Got it now - Vehicle Certification Agency
     
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    6 months and 6000 miles correct. its not an either or its both. If its dealer sale you can elect to pay the 19% vat there. If advertised as vat not reclaimable it was probably an owned PX

    Once you have done it you will wonder what the fuss was all about. Call dvla and get an import pack

    My knowledge mainly with new but last van was a nearly new with 9000 miles and a great buy.

    With used you can get an independent vehicle inspection. Or get a budget flight and go over it yourself. Can do this once if you get moneies sorted out beforehand or it may require two trips. Best to keep in say tbe Düsseldorf area as its only 4 hr drive. Other side of Germany can be twice that. I know a good dealer PM me for details. They do all the changes and offer fully comp export insurance... if buying new don't withhold the vat

    Eddie
     
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    Where are the savings made ?

    Is it that the vehicles are simply cheaper in Europe ?

    Or is it that buying from Europe taxes paid here in the UK are dodged ?

    To be honest I cant see the real gains. If most or all of the vehicles are LHD then come sale time they surely have to worth less money.. OK fair call there is less outlay and less return but even though most of our use will be in Europe I just don't want a LHD vehicle. Personal preference of course but that's me.

    But curiosity demands I have to ask where is the money saved ?
     
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    Substantial.....that is why we bother:) A bit academic Charlie if you cant see yourself driving LHD..Everyone I know prefer them. Easy then to PX for another LHD

    pick a van and look on here to compare: wwwe.mobile.de
     
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    Everyone prefers LHD ? Really ?

    My question was where does the saving come from ?
     
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