Mk1 White

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That looks very good (bearing in mind my proviso about flattering photographs in another thread) and a better economic bet than a car which has sat on damp ground for ages. And you could drive it home! :lol:
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"Pour le C.T,à changer alternateur et silencieux"

To me, that means it's not a legal drive-away car: my rough translation is "for CT, needs alternator and silencer".
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To me, that means it's not a legal drive-away car: my rough translation is "for CT, needs alternator and silencer".
I should have paid more attention in French class :)
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DLM wrote:"Pour le C.T,à changer alternateur et silencieux"

To me, that means it's not a legal drive-away car: my rough translation is "for CT, needs alternator and silencer".
Surely it would't be legal here anyway even if it had a a CT as a British Resident? Once you drive off the boat here you will be driving an unregistered, untaxed car without an MOT even if you are the legal owner. Suspect there are complications on insurance too until formalities are resolved.

These legalities can be managed easily for a new car bought abroad but this must become more complicated for older second-hand cars unless you trailer them back, would it not? :?
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Post by saintjamesy89 »

Complications aside, look at those wheel trims!! Wow. And it's a 1.4, would that be the one with the sump-mounted gearbox?

I really like this car, Mk1, white, sexy wheel trims and a 14! A trip to France may be in order. Hang on a minute, I can't put it anywhere, and can't afford a third project. Reality sucks.
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Surely it would't be legal here anyway even if it had a a CT as a British Resident? Once you drive off the boat here you will be driving an unregistered, untaxed car without an MOT even if you are the legal owner. Suspect there are complications on insurance too until formalities are resolved.

These legalities can be managed easily for a new car bought abroad but this must become more complicated for older second-hand cars unless you trailer them back, would it not?
I believe that when buying a car abroad to drive back, you will need to arrange UK insurance against the chassis No., which may need a bit of phoning round as some compainies will not do this. So long as the car is otherwise road legal in it's country of origin, (which in Holland & Germany, for example, means buying export plates for it) you can then drive it home. Once you land here, you need to make sure you inform customs you are importing the car (which normally means filling out paperwork, but rarely needing to pay anything), then you are only allowed to drive home from the port before keeping it off the public highway until UK registered, or to and from an MOT station for testing.

The regulations have just changed, but you will need a UK MOT (again on the chassis No.) and either the registration documents from the country it came from or, for vehicles built after 1973, a dating letter from the manufacturer. Earlier cars can be dated by a car club so long as they are on DVLA's approved list. Then there's more forms, proof of your identity (photo ID like passport or drivers licence), and a registration fee, as well as the money for car tax. If you are unlucky, they may wish to inspect it, which will mean having to transport it to where the inspection will take place - you cannot drive there otherwise you'll be done for driving an unlicenced vehicle.
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So if I went accross with a trailer ,then i would drive back through "red" channel at customs would I?
Dont think I would risk driving something back from abroad,far simpler to tow a trailer with something I trust.
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Someone I know bought a Spanish-registered car in the UK a dew months ago and had all sorts of problems with the reg and replating process (though to be fair he hadn't researched it thoroughly beforehand). Q plates may attract an insurance hike as well if it's UK re-plated, should that be the intention.
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Post by Tim Leech »

Nice car, Ive owned a couple of early 1.4 motors, they have charm but really feel like they are from a different age and make the BX feel very old. the TU cars are MUCH nicer to drive.
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Post by grecian »

looks like I must have bypassed the system with my M5.

bought on e-bay; trailered from Alicante via Plymouth by someone else; I eventually got it Mot'd; insured it; drove it to Exeter DVLA centre; Bob's your uncle - registered in UK

no paperwork trail; it was so simple
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Someone I know bought a Spanish-registered car in the UK a dew months ago and had all sorts of problems with the reg and replating process (though to be fair he hadn't researched it thoroughly beforehand). Q plates may attract an insurance hike as well if it's UK re-plated, should that be the intention.
Buying a foreign registered car over here can sometimes be an issue, as you're not the importer. You then need to either satisfy Customs & Excise that whoever brought the car in did the necessary paperwork (a long process with little chance of success if the original paperwork didn't come with the car).

Also, I believe some countries don't put the age of the car on the rgistration document, necessitating a dating letter. I've also come across DVLA demanding an EU type approval certificate from the manufacturer if the typ of vehicle imported was never sold in the UK.
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