VAT on new Motorhomes from abroad

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    I've been going through the various threads but can't be bothered to look any further, so excuse me if this has been answered somewhere before :rolleyes:.

    Whats the situation regarding the VAT if you were to buy new from abroad and then use it without returning to the UK for, is it the first 6 months and 10K ? Would it be VAT exempt?

    If I'm talking a load of b*ll**ks please forgive me :unsure:.

    Dave
     
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    sallylillian Funster Life Member

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    You might have to prove that VAT was paid in the country of purchase? Not sure.
     
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    @davidandginny If you purchase new anywhere in the EU you pay VAT at the time of purchase, so I have been told by a motor dealer.
     
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    While I admire your optimism David... things you can rely upon in life is death and taxes!:LOL:

    It's a non starter, you will have to pay it here or there..Far more practical to buy, register here and then go away...
     
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    You have to pay all local taxes on purchase however these usually can be reclaimed if you were to permanently export outwith EU. Obviously, refund would not be appropriate for export to UK.
     
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    How would you get on for insurance of the van? Would you be registering it abroad on foreign plates, rather than export plates? Are there any restrictions on doing this if you are a non-resident? Just questions. Sorry, I don't know the answers.
     
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    I was really just wondering if it were possible...and hoping!

    I was in the RAF stationed near Maastricht. It was possible to purchase a car tax free up to a year before repatriation to the UK, I'm not sure if it was just a military perk or not?
     
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    Ain't that the truth!
     
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    Hi Dave,

    The rules changed before I was repatriated from Cyprus, in that, you had to have owned and registered the vehicle in the country of origin for six months, and retain it for a year in the UK to have qualified for the duty free status. Brit civvies (DoE/PSA/MOD) were also afforded the same concession.

    Now that we are all part of the EU, there isn't a duty free concession as such, however, taxes in the country of purchase within the EU, may well be lower than here in the UK.

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    Military perk I'm afraid :(
    We bought Nige a car tax free when he was stationed in Germany. Guess had we known the future could have done same with a MH. :)
     
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    Yup - is the company in Swindon still there, that just bought virtually new vehicles which had been brought into the UK, from service and ex-service personnel, and sold them on?

    They took a rare part exchange when they sold one such vehicle, then sold that on, on eBay and Pete bought it (a Citroen C5 diesel) at a VERY good price. It had well over 100k miles on the clock when it eventually popped its clogs.

    Wish I could remember their name and see what they might have now ......
     
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    You pay VAT in the European country of purchase. The VAT rate is set by the individual country. UK does quite well out of it. Might be worth a trip to Switzerland to buy though :whistle:

    Country of Purchase
    VAT Standard Rate
    Austria 20%
    Belgium 21%
    Croatia 25%
    Czech Republic 21%
    Denmark 25%
    Estonia 20%
    Finland 24%
    France 20%
    Germany 19%
    Great Britain 20%
    Greece 23%
    Hungary 27%
    Ireland 23%
    Italy 22%
    Latvia 21%
    Lithuania 21%
    Luxembourg 15%
    Netherlands 21%
    Norway 25%
    Poland 23%
    Portugal 23%
    Romania 24%
    Slovakia 20%
    Slovenia 22%
    Spain 21%
    Sweden 25%
    Switzerland 8%
    Turkey 18%
     
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    Oh well, that answered that one then...thanks everyone :).

    Bummer :(.
     
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    We took our old Hymer in for service and MOT today at SMC Motorhomes in Newark. We had a quick browse, like you do and were a little surprised that they had a couple of LHD Frankia's. One in particular we liked. But the asking price is only about a grand less than a RHD from same dealer, 93k or about. Now would you seriously buy one from them?
     

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    Ah come on its not all bad news with a Euro worth 0.79 to a £

    I put a list of Frankia on the Frankia thread over the weekend...have a look
     
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    I think you have to export it from the EU to be able to claim back the VAT. When I lived in Kuwait I came back here and bought a PC which I claimed back the VAT on. It takes a form filled in by the retailer then signed at the airport in my case.

    But I suspect you need an address overseas. I guess it is possible to buy a vehicle here and say export it to Australia but what exactly is the fine print I'm not sure. Perhaps if you rented a hut in Albania and lived there for six months that might work - but if it was easy everyone would do it. :)
     
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    Help me out Eddie...looking but not finding!
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    When I get to my PC I will. Remember if you buy a nearly new over 6 months old that has covered 6000 miles. VAT no longer an issue!:)
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    http://tinyurl.com/nhz8bj9

    OK I have searched for A class from 2010. 74 vans on offer.. you can change search paramiters to new if you want They do some nice semi integrated T models on a Merc chassis as well

    another list from 2014 vans

    http://tinyurl.com/nhz8bj9

    A great time of year to grab a bargain and with so many available should be straightforward to knock down the advertised price
     
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    Thanks Eddie, food for contemplation whilst we're away for the Winter months :) This is almost certainly going to be the route that we follow. We both want another A Class, I like the drivers door being on the correct side along with the steering wheel so buying anywhere else other than from across the channel would seem to be foolhardy :).
     
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