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French resident purchasing car in U.K.

Posted by Lbg-414703 - Created: 2 years ago
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Posted by DN-434538 - 2 years ago

I have just read a load of DVLA press releases, polcy documents and guidance.

It seems that in the event of an untaxed vehicle the fine penalty notice should be 30GBP ¨+ 1,5 times the duty evaded. It hardly seems that issuing such a charge would be cost effective or proportionate in the event of a couple of days tax unpaid  whilst  exporting a vehicle.

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Posted by chèvrefeuille - 2 years ago

Once you've bought the car the dealer gives you the V5 and a new MOT certificate then you register it in France. Not particularly convenient but there again buying a car in the UK, changing the lights and registering in France isn't that convenient at the best of times.

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Posted by oldminiman-10052272 - 2 years ago

A way, maybe, is for the garage to register it and tax it and allow you to get it back before transferring it to you.  I agree, it does seem a DVLA created problem which they haven't thought of when they introduced the new electronic system with no tax disc.  They win all round as I am sure you already  know.

 I have been toying with the same problem when bringing my classics over from storage once I have moved and intend to buy a trailer thus removing the problem of driving them and risking plod stopping me.   The problem is that here, the motorist, although contributing  a huge amount to the economy, remains public enemy number one as well as being a ready made "cash cow" for Police Authorities, so, taking a chance is a risky business and not an option In reality.

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Posted by Fitter - 2 years ago

I don't at the moment know what the straight answer is to the question.

I suspect it's one of those situations that the DVLA has not thought through as it involes a very small number or cases-so they probably ignored it  when setting up their new electronic tax disc scheme. 

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Posted by CharlieC-10058453 - 2 years ago

I bought a second hand LHD car in the Uk last year  from a LHD specialist. they had a range of cars at all prices. My car was already registered in France and the company gave me the paper work to be able to register in in France in my name. It was relatively simple - I would recommend the conpany I used.  If I can help please contact me on charles.caroline.collier@gmail.com

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Posted by CharlieC-10058453 - 2 years ago

I bought a second hand LHD car in the Uk last year  from a LHD specialist. they had a range of cars at all prices. My car was already registered in France and the company gave me the paper work to be able to register in in France in my name. It was relatively simple - I would recommend the conpany I used. If I can help please contact me on charles.caroline.collier@gmail.com

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Posted by Fitter - 2 years ago

"Getting the car French registered before you pick it up seems to be a viable option."

The prefecture will require the original V5- they won't register with a copy.

How are you going to persuade the selling dealer in the UK to send you the original V5?

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Posted by Fitter - 2 years ago

Thanks fitter, can you tell me which company you bought from?

It was one of the Lister's franchises around Birmingham and Coventry they have quite a few.

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Posted by chèvrefeuille - 2 years ago

The garage does appear to know what it is doing. A UK reg car cannot be driven on British roads without road tax and, Catch 22, you can't get road tax without British insurance and a UK address. Getting the car French registered before you pick it up seems to be a viable option.

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Posted by Lbg-414703 - 2 years ago

Thanks fitter, can you tell me which company you bought from?