Car Import News

Car Shipping 2013

Looking at shipping your car in 2013? Here is a quick checklist for shipping a vehicle from the USA for anyone considering importing a car into the UK.

Car Shipping Quotes

First you will need sensible quotes for shipping your car, luckily for you we have been developing an instant quote system which can price up the import costs including US transport, shipping, UK modifications, testing, registration and tax/duty. When comparing car shipping quotes, ensure that you compare like-for-like as our service is fully comprehensive and your car is shipped in a container

Container or RORO

At ShipMyCar, we only carry out USA->UK car shipping by container, roll-on-roll off is not worth the risk of the likely chance of car damage or missing parts

UK Import Duty and VAT

As a rough guide, any car less than thirty years old will pay 10% duty and 20% VAT. Commercial vehicles are charged 22% duty. European cars are £50 duty and 20% VAT. Standard vehicles over thirty years old escape paying any duty under the BTI Ruling and just 5% VAT

UK modifications and testing

Cars under ten years old being shipped into the UK and registered here will require an IVA test, the wiring on this can be significant, our quote system will price up any make/model for you

Cars over three years old will also require an MOT which checks safety aspects such as worn tyres/suspension

Car Import Registration

The car then needs to be registered with the DVLA, we can do this for you

In summary

Visit – we take all the hassle out of car shipping and even have a unique instant quote system to give you a free, instant and no obligation full breakdown of all costs involved