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UK vehicle tax on Classic Cars

When importing classic cars to the United Kingdom from the USA you are faced with a number of regulations, documentation requirements, and taxes. But besides everything required to get your car shipped to the UK, you also need to be able to legally drive it on the road. This is where the vehicle tax comes into question.

Lucky for you, the UK vehicle tax charged on classic cars is fairly simple. The vehicle tax is based on CO2 emissions and fuel type. You can find exact tax rate tables here.

  • If your vehicle was originally registered on or after January 8th, 1976 you must pay vehicle tax and pay MOT.
  • If registered between January 1st, 1960 to January 7th ,1976, no vehicle tax has to be paid, you can get away with only an MOT.
  • And if your vehicle was registered before January 1st, 1960 no MOT or vehicle tax has to be paid at all.

For more details, or if you have any questions regarding the UK classic car tax code check out the official UK government website.

When it comes to shipping cars from the US to the UK, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Firstly, you will need to find a reputable and experienced shipping company that specializes in transporting classic cars. They will be able to guide you through the entire process, from obtaining the necessary documentation and insurance to loading and unloading your vehicle.

It's also important to consider the shipping method that you choose. There are two main options: container shipping and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) shipping. Container shipping involves loading your car into a secure container, while RoRo involves driving your car onto a specialized vessel that is designed to transport vehicles.

Once your car arrives in the UK, it will need to go through customs clearance and be inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). This will ensure that your vehicle meets UK safety and emissions standards.

Overall, shipping a classic car from the US to the UK can be a complex process, but with the right preparation and assistance, it can be a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy your beloved vehicle in a new and exciting location.