Paying For And Importing Used From Germany?

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  1. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    We are off to see a used van in Germany and as it is right over near the Swiss boarder we will fly. The dealer has offered to pick us up from the airport and promised not to sell the van in the mean time.

    Because it is such a long way to go, if we buy it, we will want to drive it home straight away. My question is - how to pay and avoid a big currency conversation charge and for payment to transfer to the dealer the same day so we can drive off with the van.

    Also, I believe that as long as the van has the German MOT equivalent and we have insurance cover, we can enter the UK on the exsisting plates and then apply to re- register the van in the UK. Can someone confirm we have this right, or advise otherwise.

    P.S Where is @Snowbird these days, he's turned black!!:mask:
     
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  2. gus-lopez

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    @Judgemental knows a bit as well as @lennyhb
    Currency broker would get best rate although all banks offer a good service although rate might be a tad lower. One thing I recall passing recently is that if it is on German plates , which would be unusual from a dealer , The DVLA will not register it without proof that the GErman plates have been returned correctly to the German region.
    It will probably have German export plates from a dealer.
     
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  3. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    The dealer will arrange temp export plates and third party insurance. check!:)

    call UK insurer to cover you on VIN plate for once you hit the UK(some do some don't). Check!:)

    use a FSA approved broker. check!:)

    call DLVA and get the import pack. check!:)

    I used EASYFX last time as competitive.

    Your problem being how do you arrange this when there. with that I cant help. I would leave a deposit and arrange to transfer money and fly back. or if that's going to cost more then using bank just compare the cost. as its cost versus convenience and are you prepared to take the hit. Really broker/bank needs aranging in advance? but maybe your more set up for mobile banking? just stay in a B&B for a night or two if it comes to it....

    what is the van? exciting eh!

    Eddie

    Lenny currently suning himself on a Thailand beach...grumble..grumble:D
     
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  4. Weinsbergaman

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    In my experience there is no requirement to return the plates as we still have our German plates and have successfully registered our motorhome with the DVLA.
    Export plates & third party insurance to the channel port is essential. Once in the UK your UK insurance will take over. We used Safeguard for our insurance, brilliant service (y)
    Remember buying is part of the fun, the journey home is also part of the fun so allow plenty of time and enjoy :)

    Thanks Antony
     
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    A couple of years back I imported from S. Ireland (Eire )

    We paid via Bank Transfer - if you discuss with the bank first you should get a reasonable rate. Discuss with the dealer - he may actually have a Sterling account and be able to accept direct transfer as Sterling.
    Look at the VAT side that would be your first move then once you have the approval number from customs for that you can register with DVLA and they will issue you with UK number plates.
    Once you have it in the UK you need to get a MOT done - the MOT tester will do the MOT on the VIN number. As said insurers will insure on the VIN number.
    Lots of info on the web on Gov.com worth a Google. Like all things once you have done it its easy - until then it is the unknown - go for it.
     
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    Sorry to have missed catching up in Dorset,don't know any of your query's but hope it goes well for you both, with the exchange rate as it is seems like a good time to buy in Europe.(y)
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    have stuck with safeguard for very same reason..so easy to deal with.

    plates in Germany belong and are registered to driver not he vehicle. he transfers them to next vehicle. so as said no need to return.

    @Armytwowheels should have mentioned you intentions at meet..I could have bored you to death for the week:)
     
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    I always use HiFX(y)
     
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    So do I. You can see the rate as you do it and its as fast if not faster than the bank!! Far better rates and NO!!!! Charges.(y)(y)(y)
     
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    recently bought using HiFX best rates I could find,register first,and if you give them a call when doing the deal they'll talk you through it using your debit card.First thing when you get back get a NOVA reference number .https://www.gov.uk/nova-log-in,use this in your application pack.Get that from here,https://www.gov.uk/dvlaforms,best send off for that pack before you go over it takes a few days to arrive.
    Have a great time and have a plan B .In case you decide not to buy.Always Haggle :)(y)(y)
     
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  12. Armytwowheels

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    Wow! Thanks for the quick response guys. We are researching your suggestions as I type. Looks like we should be on to fly out this coming Thursday. :clap2:
     
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    Good luck
    let us know how you get on as Kim n I are hoping to do the same in September
     
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    following with great interest as potentially doing the same - but possibly new or nearly new. That said, we were discussing with a well known dealer our intent to get another one soon who said prices for new should be about 10% cheaper next year, and currently being negotiated for next years models now due to the favourable exchange rate
     
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    Good luck, safe journey & I hope all your dreams come true :).

    We were really nervous as we bought ours over the internet without seeing it first hand, risky but we were lucky (y)

    Thanks Antony
     
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    Arrr well, we were only going to venture as far as the Isle of Wight at that time. That van sold before we had the chance to see it. We then saw our dream van at a dealers in Somerset, went to see it to confirm it really was our dream van, then found one the same age and layout in Germany £10,000 cheaper! There isn't another one for sale in the UK or on Mobile.de so off to Germany we must go.
     
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    When you see a van advertised on mobile de in Germany , some dealers have on 2nd hand vans price not inc vat. Do they charge vat on 2nd hand vans then , thought vat was only on new stuff. If so is it 20% vat. Cheers
     
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    Best of luck
    Hope all goes well
     
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    By all accounts the Germans complained that many Brits were returning to the Uk with German registered vehciles complete with plates & then selling them to dealers. This left them liable for the vehicles road tax Until the plates were actually returned to the local council licensing department. By all accounts the dvla agreed that any they re-register have to have had there plates returned & proof provided. No problem if on export plates.
    Yes but if they haven't been physically removed by the owner he has nothing to put on & register to the new vehicle ? You cannot go & get replacements without having the old ones .
    Even when we re-registered a German van here that still had its plates on I had to sign that I was personally responsible for them & that once registered I would remove them & return them directly to the old owner so that he could de-register the vehicle in Germany & stop paying the road tax.
    To stop being liable for the road tax the plates have to be returned to the local council.
     
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