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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:

Research:

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.

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Mg Zr Glasgow, Glasgow City, G32 King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1QZ 335
Vauxhall & Opel VAUXHALL Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 6QH Ilford, Essex, IG1 2HU 198
Seat Ibiza Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 4BN Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 315
Volkswagen Golf Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 2HQ Viseu, Viseu District, Portugal 1,241
Volkswagen Passat Manchester, Greater Manchester, M8 9LL Belfast, County Antrim, BT5 7HP 290
Lorries/ Trucks FA 45.150 Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 1PN Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 2AS 70
Bmw St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8HS Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8LX 352
2 x Cars: Vauxhall Corsa 2001, Peaugeot 307 2004 Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4DW Southall, Middlesex, UB2 5JA 100
Reliant Regal Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 7BT Newtownards, County Down, BT22 1ER 459
Nissan Micra Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6XA Greenock, Renfrewshire, PA16 9EH 431