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Buying & importing

Buying a car

Buying a car from a dealership in the UK is a relatively straight forward procedure. There are a variety of purchasing and leasing options for buying either a new or used vehicle. If you purchase a new pre-registered car the dealer must return the Registration Certificate (V5C) immediately so that the vehicle can be registered in your name.

If purchasing a used car directly from the owner, you need to make sure the vehicle has a proper registration document or registration certificate. It is also important to have the vehicle checked by an independent, qualified garage.

Importing your vehicle
Vehicles imported into the UK permanently must be approved to make sure they meet safety and environmental standards.
You must register the imported vehicle with DVLA. DVLA will issue a vehicle registration number (number plate number).
You can usually use a vehicle with non-UK number plates without needing to tax or register it in the UK if all of the following apply:
• you’re visiting and don’t plan to live here
• you only use the vehicle up to 6 months in a 12-month period (one single visit, or several shorter visits adding up to a 6-month period)
• the vehicle is registered and taxed in its home country.

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