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Has anyone any experience if doing this ?

Buying a van in Germany and driving it back to register here.

I have the vehicle import pack from the DVLA, but a couple of things I am unsure about.

One is insurance and road tax to drive it home, 1000+ miles on the continent and 300+ miles here. Insurance without a registration number seems difficult to me.

And what paperwork should I be getting from the seller (they are dealers rather than a private seller, so this one should be sorted by them really?)

any help or advice from people who have done it, or know the ropes would be appreciated ?
 

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Sorry can't help much but I believe you can insure vans on the chassis number for this very reason. ie until you get a UK log book. Also a friend of mine brought her PEUGEOT 205 over from France and insured it for years over here on French plates before she finally got round to registering it.Hope this helps. Shop around specialist insurers is the best bet. Antony
 

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Insure it on the chassis number...that way its covered whether its on German or UK plates. Dont leave it on German plates too long........cant remember the exact term but they have a limited life outside of the homeland

VEL - only needs to be displayed when on UK plates

Not clear if you are buying this new or secondhand........you will need some paperwork to prove what you have/have not paid re German VAT (Mwst)
 

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It's used and it's from a dealer (not VW franchised) so will come with the invoice/paperwork showing payment details etc.

If I only need Insurance and not Tax that makes things easier. Will be getting MOT as soon as I get home and then Registering/Taxing.

Should be fairly simple.

If I insure it on the VIN, I presume I can then change the insurance to the Reg number once I have it and let the policy continue ?
 

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I bought my t4 private from Germany and drove it home on import plates which cover you for a month until you get it registered here (third party). you need a UK mot when you get home and to see a local dvla office to go through the paper work its pretty straight forward and well worth it.

Jimmy
 

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Would the "import plates" be something I need to sort out or something the seller would do ?

If kneed to do it, where would I look to get some and how much do they cost ?
 

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One other thought.....should be covered by the DVLA importing info......do you need to declare at the port of entry?
 

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Hi,

I used to bring cars back on yearly basis whilst working in Germany. All you need is insurance (insurance on held on the chasis number) held by a UK company that gives you permission for driving in Europe (usually a 30 day green card is free with most insurance coys).

When you return to UK you have 30 days or something like to import it, but prior to this the vehicle must be MOT'd.

Ensure you get a proof of receipt, including any VAT/TAX you pay on the purchase, a copy of the German vehicle registration document. One thing you may have difficulity is providing proof that you shouldn't have to pay TAX on it, this depends on age of vehicle - and Customs will be the hurdle to clear.

Has the vehicle got number plates? Because usually the number plates stays with the person who has a driving licence in Germany, i.e vehicles are not issued a registration number.
 

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The van has "showplates" on at the moment with the company name so I guess it is plateless. I supposei can sort that with the company selling it.

As for TAX (import tax/VAT) I think if the vehicle is over six months old (or 6000 miles) and has had EU tax paid at purchase, there is nothing to pay.
 

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T4 150 Multivan II. Few extras and a mild bodykit.
hope all goes well

i cant imagine it will be that hard to get it over here.

how does the insurance system work in germany this might be something else worth looking into.

you might be able to insure the german van in germany and then use it to drive to uk

the same as you would insure your uk van in uk to drive to germany

dont know if it is poss though mate
 

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The seller should know the process especially if its a dealer.

I went over there and it was all sorted in a couple of hours. The seller spoke good english and was with him through the process so knew I wasn't getting ripped off.

I went to a German DVLA type office and signed a few forms to give me import insurance for 30 days or 2 weeks depending on how long you wanted it this was about 140 euro i think.Payed on a big pay vending machine type thing which gave me a receipt then took this receipt and payed for plates to be stamped out can't remember how much about 30 euro.

All done drove it home.

Nothing said on entering the UK.

Went to my local DVLA office and got it registered after an MOT which was done before registration and then when its all sorted the MOT has your new UK reg on it.

No VAT or import duty as its a second hand vehicle in the EU.

Only got insurance proper when back in the UK

I did this 2.5 years ago so prices/processes may have changed but I found it pretty easy and relatively stress free.

It started off as a nightmare when it came to flying out there as the Newquay-Stansted flight was cancelled at the last minute and resulted in a £350 taxi to make my Stansted-Germany flight. Got it back on travel insurance.

Good luck

Jimmy
 
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