Originally Posted by RayRay
Thanks for clarifying. We'll continue schlepping a bit of our things to the house till we can move permanently.
I knew that when you make a permanent move to France with a long stay visa, you do not have to pay VAT or Import Tax.
When we do move, besides whatever household goods are left, we plan to move one of our cars (a MINI) to France. If we had to pay the taxes (10% for the Import Tax and over 19% for VAT), it would be cheaper to buy a car in France. But shipping alone from the East Coast to Le Havre is only $900 - $1,000. A bargain given the cost of buying even a used car in France.
Thanks again for knowing the details!
Ok - search this forum for a thread called "Bringing your car to France" - started by me and represents about a year of research. Don't assume because you have a European car you can import it easily - the taxes and duties are the same as for household goods (i.e. zero) but registering it is another story altogether.
Quick example - it would have been easier to register my Lexus than my wife's Mercedes, go figure!