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Importing a car into the UK


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Left Hand Drive Registration

The first thing we have to do is demonstrate the car complies with UK Type Approval. We do this by carrying out an Individual Vehicle Approval test at a VOSA approved testing lane. Prior to the test modifications have to be applied to the car in 3 key areas that are specific to driving on the left side of the road in the UK. We have to demonstrate that:

  • The headlights beam pattern dips to the left side.
  • The speedometer is capable of reading in MPH.
  • The rear fog light is fitted to the centre or right side of the vehicle.

This is achieved by either using replacement parts or by adapting the existing parts on the car. Once the vehicle passes the IVA test, the documentation required by the DVLA can be collated, and finally register the vehicle. On receipt of the registration number we make and fit your plates so the car is ready to drive. The cost for this service is as follows (prices may vary):

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  • IVA preparation: £450+VAT
  • IVA Test: £199
  • MOT Test (if over 3 years old): £55
  • DVLA first registration fee: £55
  • 12 months road tax if over 1546cc: £220
  • MCI Admin Fees: £300+VAT
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    Total: £1429 inc. VAT

Right Hand Drive Registration

The first thing we have to do is demonstrate the car complies with UK Type Approval. We do this by carrying out an Individual Vehicle Approval test at a VOSA approved testing lane. Prior to the test, modifications have to be done to the car in 3 key areas that are specific to driving on the left side of the road in the UK. We have to demonstrate that:

  • The speedometer is capable of reading in MPH.
  • The rear fog light is fitted to the centre or right side of the vehicle.

This is achieved by either using replacement parts or by adapting the existing parts on the car. Once the vehicle passes the IVA test, the documentation required by the DVLA can be collated, and finally register the vehicle. On receipt of the registration number we make and fit your plates so the car is ready to drive. The cost for this service is as follows (prices may vary):


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  • IVA preparation: £250+VAT
  • IVA Test: £199
  • MOT Test (if over 3 years old): £55
  • DVLA first registration fee: £55
  • 12 months road tax if over 1546cc: £220
  • MCI Admin Fees: £300+VAT
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    Total: £1189 inc. VAT

For both Processes

A deposit of £199 to apply for the IVA test and the process takes about 3 weeks to complete. In order to register it in the clients name first we have to show the DVLA a UK insurance policy that denotes the chassis number of the vehicle at point of registration.


We also require the original foreign registration document or export certificate and original CE388/386 documents from customs.

Contact us for a free quotation for importing your car and one of our team will contact you with a free no obligation quotation.


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