Whether it’s a driving holiday or you’re moving abroad, if you want to take your vehicle to Europe either permanently or temporarily then you will have to plan ahead a bit. Driving your car yourself is entirely possible, but sometimes hiring a professional car transport to Europe service is preferable. If you’ve already relocated for example you will need a European car importer.
Car Transport to Europe, the Advice:
Within the EU the rules for importing and exporting cars have been relaxed somewhat, but each country has its own intricacies so researching the import policies of the nation in question should be your first job!
Most EU nations will charge some form of import duty on vehicles. New cars especially (usually those under 6 months old or with less than 6000km on the clock) are usually subject to much heftier charges then their older counterparts. Older vehicles can usually be imported duty free so long as you don’t intend to sell them in the first year.
Knowing what sort of taxes you can expect to pay will help avoid any nasty surprises at the border! Different EU member states have their own policies, but carbon taxation and charges for larger vehicles are common – as is having to pay for these tests to be run.
Getting Your Paperwork in Order:
If you’re moving permanently then you should get a certificate of permanent export from the DVLA, also known as a V756.
Have your vehicle registration and ownership documents to hand as well, as you will need them when importing in addition to your insurance details.
Preparing your Car for Transport
Before transporting your car you should implement a few checks to ensure that the transportation goes off without any issues.
Washing your Car: Cleaning your car is important for two reasons, it will help your paintwork survive the transportation – dust and grime makes it more prone to scratching (waxing your car is also helpful) . It will also help you notice any damage that is caused to your motor in transit.
Technical Checks: Having an up to date MOT to make sure your auto is up to standard will be important when exporting it, as you likely won’t get past customs with an unsafe car if it’s registered as a driving import.
Other Preparations: Make sure you remove any valuables from your car when it’s going to be transported to Europe, anything inside the vehicle won’t be covered by a transporter’s insurance.