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Shipping a car from US to Europe

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by panarasgr, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. panarasgr

    panarasgr Junior Member

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    Hi guys,

    So i want to buy a second hand Nissan 350z from the US as the prices are much more reasonable than the Europe ones . I found some specific vehicles that i would be interested in from Ebay although my problem is how will i be able to ship it to UK so i can go pick it up and drive it up to here .

    I tried google-ing it but all the companies require registration to get a quote . Would much appreciate any ideas or some feedback from guys who have done this in the past .

    Many thanks
    Panos
     
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  2. bonzo90

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    Dude, 350z's on ebay are pretty affordable here in the UK, I have a Coupe and I was looking at a 350z, you can pick up a seriously good bargain on there, unless you are talking new :D ?
     
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    Indeed they are although i am looking for a car with the driver's side on the left !
     
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    Sorry man, I must have mid read you, I thought you lived in the UK,

    Personally I would ring up shipping companies, you can get a container shipped over to the UK quite easily, Just having to sort everything out with a middle man is very risky and I don't know if i would trust others to do it, surely the cost of importing etc would outlay the cost of buying it in the EU :?

     
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    I would personally like to find out too, but I don't think it would be worth it because the import itself will be expensive additionally to that you will probably have to pay import tax and all sorts of other duties. Then you will have to get the car re-registered, etc. In the end it would probably be much cheaper and less of a hassle to just buy one from Europe.
     
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    A friend of mine wanted to get his brand new pimped-out Mustang shipped over from L.A to here in the UK. He is a very wealthy individual, but even he was putting off by the cost of it all. It just doesn't make sense to do so in most cases.
     
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    It's generally not worthwhile importing a car to and from the US, unless there's something really special about it (like a black london cab to the US or an original Cobra from).

    I know that prices look very tempting, but that's because you don't see the real ones that include all the side costs and risks!
     
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    Importing as it self, is not a big problem, you can arrange shipping really easy, but the real problems are taxes and importing duty. You will need to pay high fees to UK for importing that car. I am not really sure what are taxes and importing duties in UK, but for example, in my country, Bosnia you need to pay around 27 % of the car price to the country.
     
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    Many polish companies are doing that.Remember please you dont just need to pay transportation cost but also taxes on it.You have to add arround 40% on buying price to be able to drive it here in europe
     
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    If your wondering how much taxes you'll pay for bringing the car over to the UK, you can contact the HMRC http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kbroker/hmrc/contactus/search.ladv?sr=0%20&as=1%20&cs=ISO-8859-1%20&sc=hmrc%20&sf=%20&sm=0%20&nh=50%20&ha=34%20&tx0=21%20&fl0=contactid:%20&tx1=%20&raction=view

    And here's a company http://www.schumachercargo.com that may send you the price after request a free quote,and you don't need to register.
     
  11. Duffers5000

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    I buy cars out of Japan. Suprisingly there are Left hand drive Z's out there. One of the bigger companies I deal with import out of the US so Im sure I could put you in touch. Most of the Bigger car auctions in the US can arrange shipment or at least delivery to port.. A shipping quote is easily come by with a blanket email to the 5 main shipping agents(they usually roll with 2 main shipping companies) slow boat-fast boat...Ro-Ro or container...Probably better Ro-Ro for just one vehicle(we put 3-4 units in a 40ft container)

    If you Pm me an email I will send you a link to auction contact details from one of my sites. You will have tp contact them and register to bid but you have to do this if you are serious

    Duffers
     
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  12. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    It took SchumacherCargo less then 10 minutes to return with a quote.

    For the example I used a slk230 Mercedes going from Houston to Thamesport,UK and it would cost me $1275 to have it shipped. If I want total insurance on the vehicle with a $500 deductible it would cost 2.5% of the vehicle and $75 processing fee. If I want just total loss insurance with $0 deductible it would cost 1.85% of vehicle's value plus the $75 processing fee.
     
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    I dont know why people would want to drive left hand side... when your driving on the other side of the road...
     
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    You might be better of looking inside Europe when importing as prices can be much less on the continent and you in theory shouldn't have to pay as much tax.

    On a side note, exporting cars can be quite profitable indeed. My friend has just started exporting from the UK to Nigeria (single, used cars) and he'a making a nice little side income.
     
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    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Is it true that cars are exempt from VAT in the EU,if they are second hand?
     
  16. LAnthanum

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    Never heard that about VAT before, I do not think so.

    About the car importing, I've read about registering a company overseas as a way of importing cars without additional tax. The countries mentioned were USA and UAE, maybe it is worth checking out.
     
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    When you buy car from US, If I am not wrong you can actually deduct their tax on it and get it back.
    Then once you import the car you pay import tax and VAT tax, total about 40% depending on the cuntry and regulations.

    But US car needs something called homologation, their exhaust system is not the same as in Europe, and I think you need to sort that one out before you can pay import tax. How much that costs depends on the car. Could be a hassle. But could also be worth it. there are companies that do that for a living, import cars from us sell them locally, never tell you that they are from US.
     
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    Cars are exempt of VAT when they are second hand??? That sentence is ridiculous, it means that all cars in the country will be rubbish, used and old. That is exactly what any country wants to prevent, right?
    It would make more sense that cars are exempt of VAT when they are brand new :)
     
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    I meant are they exempt if its a person to person deal?
     
  20. Duffers5000

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    Op asked about Europe so different laws apply for different countries. Revenue website for each country will give you the info in ten minutes.

    For the UK it's a simple calculation. Cost of car including freight and shipping will be due 10% cct which is because you are bringing something into the EEC then on top of that you must pay vat currently 20% in the uk. After that you will have landing fees and storage costs not much usually under £200 like I said earlier pm me and I will send you the info

    Are there ways around paying vat ? Not legally vat must be paid at final use point of the vehicle. So for example if the car was staying in the uk then vat must be paid. I have brought lhd SL500 mercs in from Japan that have ended up in Bulgaria and Poland. If I sell these cars within the eu then the buyer can reclaim the vat but must pay it in their home country on importation. There are ways around that but not for normal people that don't won't to worry about getting their car seized by customs everyday
     
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