Import Cars from the USA

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VEHICLE SHIPPING FROM THE USA IS VERY COST EFFECTIVE WITH ZERO IMPORT DUTY AND ONLY 5% IMPORT VAT ON VEHICLES OVER 30 YEARS OLD.

The USA has an abundance of British, European, American and Japanese cars often stored and used in far cleaner and drier environments than cars from other parts of the world. Unusually they often have far fewer miles on the clock too. It’s always worth checking prices of cars from USA dealers, eBay and Craigslist as you may be surprised how much lower prices can be, plus the USA often received models that were never sold in the UK and Europe.

In comparison to many parts of the world our motorcycle shipping customers seem to have very few problems with sellers in the USA and the majority find them to be very honourable and attentive.

Documentation Requirements:

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ORIGINAL US TITLE

Original US Title (For road going vehicles) – Some States don’t issue US Titles and so a Registration document will be sufficient in these circumstances (Original US Title)

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PASSPORT PHOTO PAGE OR
EQUIVALENT PHOTO ID

(New Owner)

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BILL OF SALE

(Notarised)

USA SHIPPING PROCESS

COLLECTION IN THE USA (Optional)

Most Vehicles tend to be shipped from Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Savannah or New York and will need to be transported to the port for loading. If the seller is unable to drop the car into a local depot, we can certainly arrange collection from across the USA for you. A full condition report will be made on collection for your records.

LOADING, SHIPPING, UK IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCES AND LOCAL CHARGES

On arrival of your car into one of the depots, we will photograph before professional loading and shipment to arrival into UK port. We will then clear through customs ready for you to collect from UK depot.

You will need to allow a realistic shipping time of between 4 -7 weeks from the USA depending on the location. Many people quote less time, but US customs authorities alone can take over 14 days simply to authorise export of a vehicle from the USA.

CUSTOMS DUTIES & TAXES (HMRC CHARGES)

You will also need to pay any import duties and VAT on import of the motorcycles into the EU. Providing your car is over 30 years old we may be able to import at the reduced levels of zero duty and 5% VAT.
These are calculated as follows:

*Use of HMRC deferment account charges may apply

Further information may be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/personal-vehicles.htm#1

DELIVERY/TRANSPORT OF THE CAR ACROSS THE UK AND EU

You are quite welcome to collect your car from depot in the UK, or alternatively we can deliver by open or full enclosed car
transporter to your address across the UK or Europe.

ADDITIONS (Optional)

Transit insurance:
To cover for loss or damage during transit to the cars full value.

Procurement Service:
If you find a car of interest, to give you maximum peace of mind, we can also offer a procurement option to control when funds are paid to the seller.

We can tailor to your requirements.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What documents do I need?

US Title – If this is a road going vehicle, please ensure the car has an original US Title. We will need to present the original to US customs so please ensure that the seller doesn’t send it to the UK. Some US states don’t issue Title documents so a US Registration document should be available in its place. Off-road only vehicles may be shipped without this.
Notarised bill of sale – This is effectively a full invoice from the seller to the buyer which the seller will need to have notarised.

I am worried about transferring funds to the seller, what should I do?

If the seller is a dealer and you can see that they have a trading history then that should provide you with more confidence. It is rare we hear of problems with US private sellers, but we can certainly offer a payment on collection service to assist with this.

How long will it take for my car to arrive?

US customs tend to take 14 days even to grant export so realistic timings are between 4 to 8 weeks depending on where in the USA your car is coming from. Please beware that many companies will claim lower transit times in order to win your business.

Do I need to pay import duties and taxes on arrival in the UK?

It will entirely depend on a number of factors. Please send us a message and we can advise and provide you with an accurate estimate of any duties/taxes that will be levied on arrival

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