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Exporting car to UK

Dear All,

I have the inverse of the question that most people seem to ask about. In this case I am looking at buying a used LHD car in Switzerland and registering it in the UK. Leaving to a side the rationale behind this (don't want to bore anyone) does anyone know what is involved?

We are talking about a mid 90's Mercedes estate worth roughly 11k Francs. I would buy in Canton Ticino and take it back to London, where I live, and register it there.

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Riccardo
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Dear All,

I have the inverse of the question that most people seem to ask about. In this case I am looking at buying a used LHD car in Switzerland and registering it in the UK. Leaving to a side the rationale behind this (don't want to bore anyone) does anyone know what is involved?

We are talking about a mid 90's Mercedes estate worth roughly 11k Francs. I would buy in Canton Ticino and take it back to London, where I live, and register it there.

Thanks,
Riccardo
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http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...icle/index.htm
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Re: Exporting car to UK

Thanks for that. Spending a few hours reading through various sites, I think its clearer now.

Looks like I may need to pay 27.5% in taxes and duties on the value of the car. I guess that on a 6k car thats roughly 1.65k. Bit of a rip off!

It does mention on one of the sites that the value is calculated on the figure of the invoice or on that of the market value. As the car would only be worth around 3k in the Uk I wonder if I can use that value?

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Re: Exporting car to UK

'scuse me if i'm thick, but why would you want to pay 11k swiss plus UK import costs for a car that's only worth 3000?
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