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Old 28.04.2010, 14:43
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Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

I have tried to search the forum, but have not really found the answer I was looking for.

Question: When buying and then importing a used car from the UK to Switzerland, can one get the UK VAT back?

The situation I am considering is merely that I see a used car I like from a UK dealer or private person and buy it to export from the UK and import to Switzerland.

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Old 28.04.2010, 14:54
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

Arn't 2nd hand good exempt from vat in the uk.

even if they are not then the money you save will more then be eaten up with the import, bare in mind unless you have owned the car for 6 months before you came here you'll have to pay import duty. plus the lhd headlights, paperwork costs, mfk costs, any garage work etc etc and as an import it'll be worth a lot less here once its all done, then unless the car is somthing very special indeed its just not worth doing. And if its a RHD it'll be worth nothing here (again, unless its somthing very special, think lambo, ferrari, tvr etc)
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Old 28.04.2010, 15:10
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

see this link
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/motors/index.htm

seems there is some vat on 2nd hand cars, can be either on the whole transaction or just on the profit depending on how the dealer has set themselves up. If its just on the profit then it makes it even less worthwhile doing.

ETA if buying from a private person then you wont have paid any vat so can't claim anything back.
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Old 28.04.2010, 15:11
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

My thinking is to import a LHD car from the UK - taking advantage of the exchange rate.

My thinking would be that the UK vat would be off set roughly by the Swiss VAT and import tax (plus potential transport, registration etc.)

Are used cars exempt for VAT in UK. Not sure, becuase if there is VAT on a new car, I guess the VAT component keeps following the car as it is traded - as I don't recall getting my VAT back when selling a car there.
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Old 28.04.2010, 15:14
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

unfortunatly a lot of other people have had the same idea, some lhd cars in the uk are now more then the rhd version. I know lots of lhd 911's have found there way back out of the UK.

Also bare in mind exporting a car to another country is an excellent way to hide its history, that bargain may not be what it seems.
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

I know of a chap who is selling a very good car although its not a porsche for a very good price @ 0% exchange rate cause its already here. Needs a little TLC perhaps; a few dings here and there, but a good car.

Available in July oddly enough...
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Old 28.04.2010, 15:22
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I know of a chap who is selling a very good car although its not a porsche for a very good price @ 0% exchange rate cause its already here. Needs a little TLC perhaps; a few dings here and there, but a good car.

Available in July oddly enough...

If only it had been a Polo
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Old 28.04.2010, 15:33
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unfortunatly a lot of other people have had the same idea, some lhd cars in the uk are now more then the rhd version. I know lots of lhd 911's have found there way back out of the UK.

Also bare in mind exporting a car to another country is an excellent way to hide its history, that bargain may not be what it seems.
Yes, you are right, paricular 911's seems to have moved back to Germany. And the few that are left in the UK seems to be priced higher than the RHD
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Old 28.04.2010, 16:01
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My thinking is to import a LHD car from the UK - taking advantage of the exchange rate.

My thinking would be that the UK vat would be off set roughly by the Swiss VAT and import tax (plus potential transport, registration etc.)

Are used cars exempt for VAT in UK. Not sure, becuase if there is VAT on a new car, I guess the VAT component keeps following the car as it is traded - as I don't recall getting my VAT back when selling a car there.
You seem confused. There is both VAT and Car Tax on new cars in the UK. You don't get either back when you sell. Switzerland has no Car Tax and much lower VAT, but you will find the new on the road price of new cars about the same as the UK. They used to be cheaper in Switzerland, but the fall of the GBP has removed this advantage.

You mentioned a Polo try comparing www.volkswagen.ch and .co.uk. You'll find comparing isn't straightforward as options and models are not the same. UK Polos are built in South Africa and LHD ones in Spain. But in all I think you will find there is little difference in price.

Finally, a UK model would always be an import here and have less value and be harder to resell. The motor manufacturers have had years to stitch up their customers and protect their markets and dealerships...
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Old 28.04.2010, 16:24
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

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You mentioned a Polo try comparing www.volkswagen.ch and .co.uk. You'll find comparing isn't straightforward as options and models are not the same. UK Polos are built in South Africa and LHD ones in Spain. But in all I think you will find there is little difference in price./QUOTE]

Thanks. Not really confused. True that Switzerland have no car tax - but there is a 4% import tax.

The whole point is there are some interesting LHD cars in the UK which are priced attractive due to the current exchange rate. I was simply trying to work out whether I could get any VAT back in the UK when exporting (i.e. taking it out of the country for good) the car.

The Polo was a joke as markalex was trying to flog the Golf
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Old 28.04.2010, 16:27
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

what cars you looking at?

looking at the oldtimers garages some classic british cars fetch decent money here, original mini's are silly expensive here, as are original condition beetles even some of the newer ones (eg 74 on, elephant light ones)

Saw a hidiously over priced spitfire mk4 here, should have sold mine here
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Old 28.04.2010, 16:45
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Re: Importing a used car from the UK (not the usual question, I thinnk)

I am kind of into my teenage kicks at the moment. So an Integrale or a original M3 would be high on the list (these were only ever produced in LHD). Problem is that the supply of these in Switzerland are relative limited and particular the M3s have be untastfully modified.
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