Importing a Vehicle to the UK

We get asked many times about registering an imported vehicle and whilst we point people to the advice on our website it is obvious that some are still willing to purchase vehicles without a scrap of identifying paperwork.

Whilst we completely understand the euphoria around buying any vehicle, in the case of classic/historic vehicles you cannot let your heart rule your head concerning the documentation! Things could get expensive, time consuming and frustrating very quickly!

Having taken this advice and satisfied yourself that the documents that come with the vehicle are in order then you must think about getting the date of manufacture. This is a recent obscure rule brought in by the DVLA which can be the most difficult hurdle to get over.

Below is a quote that we have taken directly from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) newsletter and illustrates the obvious frustration they are feeling in their recent dealings with the DVLA in Swansea.

“I am bound to sign off by saying with a heavy heart that for the first time in my experience of dealing with them, I am seeing what amounts to an organisational bias within DVLA against historic vehicles”.

With regard to The Peugeot Archive in order to obtain a dating certificate (attestation) they have various rules that they apply with regard to originality of the vehicle involved. There is one thing buying a “box of bits”  with every number matching and an original body but buying a substantially modified vehicle with different engine and obvious changes is quite another!

We would never want to put anyone off importing a vehicle, all we are trying to do is point people in the most painless direction to being able to get the vehicle UK registered!