Importing from Germany and VAT

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  1. 504329lt

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    I have imported a couple of vans from Germany about 6 or 7 years ago but have not bothered since due to exchange rate. Previously vans were over 10 years old and there was not VAT when I purchased.

    Over last week or so I have purchased a 2 year old van from Hymer in Bad Waldsee and transferred the money including 19% sales tax. I had presumed this is OK as I have paid in a EU member state. However reading round I am becoming confused whether I should have paid it in Germany or not and whether I have to pay in UK.

    Any help appreciated, thanks.
     
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    May have answered my own question!! From govt website

    Second-hand vehicles
    You don’t usually have to pay VAT if you’re importing a second-hand vehicle and the VAT was paid in another EU country.

    You’ll have to pay VAT if your vehicle is classed as a ‘new means of transport’ - ie it’s less than 6 months old and has done less than 6,000km (about 3,728 miles). HMRC will tell you if this is the case
     
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    19% in Germany in euros is better than 20% here in pounds.
     
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