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Old 18 Feb 2007
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Bringing LR into UK from SA?

I recently registered a Toyota in Uk, imported from SA.

Those lovely people at DVLA needed an MOT, valid insurance cert, (we used Adian Flux who used the chassis number instead of reg no), original reg documents that MUST show the exact date of manufacture, if your docs do not show this you need a letter from the manufacturers confirming the date.
In my case we paid Toyota £70 for this & it took about a month, in the meantime we phoned the original dealer (in Windhoek) that sold the vehicle when new (we has the service history & were able to locate them) & they emailed a letter which the DVLA accepted.
Just make sure that all the chassis & engine numbers are correct & match the docs that you give them
You will also need the VAT / import forms for them as well, & if the vehicle is over 10 years old they dont even want to see it!!.
Not very difficult to sort at all
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Old 19 Feb 2007
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What was it

Hi Trumpton

what sort of cruiser was it - model, year, miles etc??
and how did it all work on the value etc - did you give them - vat man, the valuation or did they set the figure?


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Old 20 Feb 2007
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Hi chris,

I didnt actually import it, a friend of mine drove it back & sorted the import paperwork,(in his name as the reg docs were also in his name at the time).

Re the vat, they valued it (basing it on the purchase reciept) & I had to wait 12 months before transferring it into my name, this avoided the neccessity to pay the vat, if i had transferred it to my name immediately the vat would have had to be paid.

It was nt a cruiser, but a 2.8 double cab Hilux 1996, 100k k's

In other words to avoid paying the vat he had to wait the 12 months before selling it!

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Old 26 Feb 2007
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Another way to do it??

Possible maybe?
Buy the troopy from one of the tax free guys (transauto or numerous others) or even from an African Toyo dealer - then ship to Africa. Here in Ghana you could get one for way less than a new Defender... Due to the import duty being pretty low (a 105 on the other hand is VERY high). You can then register it here in Ghana and set off on your travels. Arrive in the UK 6 months later and you might be okay. I would check it out in detail with HM customs re your "expat status" but it should be possible. The troopy price will work out at about 17,000GBP Versus some of the European sites selling them registered for around Euro 34,000 or so... You could spend a fair bit of time travelling on the savings. Of course my theory might be total nonsense, but may be worth exploring? And if anyone needs logistical help to check things out at this end then give me a shout. I can also point you in the way of some of the best export prices from Europe (i.e. for Toyos to Africa)
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If you do not mind driving LHD, here in Germany you'll fiind Troopies as you want them. Euro3 is the best emmisions standard, the J78 will be converted to!
One good address finding new ones in Germany is: PREISLISTE
Think about it! VAT in germany now is at 19%.
Usually I buy cars in the UK (i.e. from japan) and brong them to Germany; if you need assistance in purchasing/transporting your HZJ78 to UK - contact me!
Up from March 2007 there will be the new 2007-modell; pic/text: [www.buschtaxi.de] - Thema anzeigen - Der neue J7!
Not to get at european Toyota dealers!
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