A car import check reveals the import status of the vehicle in question. If you have made up your mind to purchase a used car, you must perform the DVLA car import check since buying an imported or exported vehicle have their pros and cons. Here, we will discuss the common queries of people associated with an imported vehicle check.
What is meant by an import car?
An import car in the UK market is the one that reaches Britain’s shores from any other country. These vehicles are mainly divided into two categories: Parallel Import and Grey Import. A parallel import vehicle is the one that lands in the UK from a European country while the grey import cars are transported to the UK from overseas. The grey imports usually come from Japan.
How to check if a car is an import?
To check if the car is imported, you need to run a car import check. When a vehicle reaches Great Britain, the importer has to register it with the DVLA. You can find the procedure of registration here. Car Analytics offers a free car import check report, which mentions the import and export status of any vehicle registered in the UK.
While buying a grey import, we highly suggest you also perform Import VIN Check. This report offers Japanese data records held for the car. To get this report, you either have to contact the car supermarket you are buying from or companies that provide a Japanese car history check.
What does it mean if a car has been exported? How do I ship a car from the UK?
It means the car cannot be sold or driven in the United Kingdom. When the DVLA records a vehicle as ‘Exported,’ it erases some information about it, so dishonest sellers could not clone the original car’s identity. It means you should never buy an exported car.
The DVLA has detailed the process of shipping your vehicle from the UK. Firstly, inform the DVLA about your plan of exporting out of the UK. It also includes shipping to the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey), Isle of Man, and Ireland.
Here’s a quick process:
- Complete the ‘permanent export’ part on the car log book (V5C).
- Dispatch it to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD. Add in a letter if you’ve relocated overseas and needed your car tax refund mailed to your new address.
- Save the rest of your logbook (V5C) – you must have it to register your car in the country you’re going to.
- Update the address on your driving license in case you are relocating back to your home.
For more details on shipping your vehicle overseas, check this page.
DVLA imported vehicle Vs. DVLA exported vehicle
Whether you import a car in the UK or export it, you always need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The difference between the DVLA imported vehicle and DVLA exported car is evident. You request the Licensing Agency to register your imported vehicle and do the opposite when you want to ship it.
Bear in mind there are temporary imports and permanent imports, each having its procedures. Similarly, the rules for permanent exports and temporary exports (for less than 12 months) vary. For instance, if you are taking your vehicle overseas for less than a year, you need to make sure your car is taxed in the UK as well as have valid MOT and insurance.
Why not buy a DVLA marked exported vehicle?
When the DVLA marks a car ‘exported,’ contrary to common belief, it does not remove all the details of the vehicle from its database. However, you cannot register and insure this car in the country now. You can only ship the vehicle out of the United Kingdom. Therefore, you should never buy a DVLA exported car.
If you accidentally buy such a vehicle, consider yourself doomed. You have to go by the laborious process of ‘importing the car in the UK’ first and then re-register it with the DVLA.
Is it hard to assure a DVLA Import Vehicle?
Well, we cannot say it is hard, but it is undoubtedly time-consuming for a nonprofessional. As an individual, if you like to import a car, you can either hire an importer or a shipping company to perform the following task for you. Or you have to first:
- Inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within two weeks that the car has landed in Britain
- Pay VAT and duty if HMRC asks you to do so.
- Get car approval to demonstrate your vehicle is fit and safe to drive on the UK public roads.
- Register the vehicle with the DVLA – the agency will provide you with a registration number.
- Ensure your car before you drive it.
How to check imported car history?
The easiest way to discover the history of an imported vehicle is to run our car import check. We offer this service for free, so it is wise always to perform this test before any car purchase. The report only tells if the car is imported or not. You would not be able to know its country of origin and its accident and service history.
Grey Import Car- Should You Take One?
Honestly, it is your personal choice. A grey import has its pros and cons, so you should pen down both on a paper and weigh them to make an informed decision.
The pros of buying a grey import include exceptional performance and reliability at an affordable price. The cars from Japan come equipped with a lot of advanced standard equipment and gadgets, which are typically not present in their respective segment vehicles made in the UK.
On the other hand, it could be hard to find replacement parts, and you may have to pay high insurance premiums on grey imported vehicles. Besides, you may have to make some modifications to the cars to meet Great Britain’s vehicle standards.
Make sure you buy a grey import car from a reputable dealership offering a complete auction report containing accident and service history.
Get Your Car Import Check at Car Analytics
Now that you have acknowledged the importance of a car import check, we strongly suggest you get it at Car Analytics. Give us your car’s registration number, and we will instantly tell you if the vehicle was imported or not. Besides, you will find out the ‘export status,’ vehicle age, MOT status, MOT advisory, mileage history, vehicle’s performance data, the total running cost as well as check car duty.