Importing from France.

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Can some one please answer this question.

    If I were to source a French motorhome from a French dealer (cant find a UK one) would I have to pay extra expenses to bring it back to the UK?

    Has anyone done this and [STRIKE]how was it for you[/STRIKE] :Wink:
     
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    Haven't imported from France but done it twice from Germany and don't see why it would be any different.

    In both cases I was able to persuade the supplying dealer not to charge the German equivalent of VAT, on my promise to send a copy of thr UK VAT receipt so that they could clear their responsibility to their tax authorities.

    Only costs were the third party insurance to export home, fuel and ferry costs.

    Re-registered in the UK without any problems, saved a fortune each time.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks Mike,
    If I purchased a nearly new van, then presumably the VAT scenario
    would not apply?
     
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    Hi Paul. Have imported a French registered motorhome from Spain with no problems.
    Just take the carte gree....green card logbook to the DVLA in Manchester pay your fee which is only a few quid,cant remember how much,along with your UK MOT which they will do on the vin no.
    Insurance can also be obtained with the vin.
    Best of luck.
     
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    Sorry for the tardy response, yes I believe that if you purchase a secondhand van, believe it must be over a certain age (perhaps 6 months but perhaps you should check to make sure) VAT would not be involved.

    It really is a fairly easy exercise. Just remember to adjust the headlights for this country and move the fog light if it is set up for LHD. I got a speedo overlay from Lockwoods in Leeds which is exactly the same as an original one in MPH.
     
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    Importing your vehicle from another EU country to the UK

    You must pay VAT when you import a new motor vehicle into the UK from another EU country.
    A motor vehicle is classed as new if it first entered into service in the past six months and has driven less than 6,000 kilometres.


    If you're importing a second-hand vehicle, you don't have to pay VAT - as long as you paid VAT in another EU country when you bought it.
     
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