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Has anyone imported and older or modified vehicle to France from the UK? If so, was it a complicated process? Thanks in advance.

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You might want to do a good search of this forum. This topic seems to come up relatively frequently. If I recall correctly, in most cases the answer was unless the car has collector value it is probably best, for a number of reasons, to sell it in the UK and buy another car here in France.
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You might want to do a good search of this forum. This topic seems to come up relatively frequently. If I recall correctly, in most cases the answer was unless the car has collector value it is probably best, for a number of reasons, to sell it in the UK and buy another car here in France.

Thanks, I have searched the forum and can't find anything.

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I suppose the magic questions are going to be: How much "older"? And how "modified?"

Then, too, there are considerations of manufacturer, model and the use to which you intend to put the car here in France.

If you can get a Certificate of Conformity from the manufacturer (i.e. that the vehicle was constructed to EU standards), the process should go fairly smoothly. If the car was originally built for a different market or is a model that wasn't sold in France (or in the EU), you'll have considerably more "challenges."

If the vehicle is a collectable make and model, you may want to check and see if their is an "owners' association" in France. The folks there should be able to help you decide how and whether to import your vehicle.

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I suppose the magic questions are going to be: How much "older"? And how "modified?"

Then, too, there are considerations of manufacturer, model and the use to which you intend to put the car here in France.

If you can get a Certificate of Conformity from the manufacturer (i.e. that the vehicle was constructed to EU standards), the process should go fairly smoothly. If the car was originally built for a different market or is a model that wasn't sold in France (or in the EU), you'll have considerably more "challenges."

If the vehicle is a collectable make and model, you may want to check and see if their is an "owners' association" in France. The folks there should be able to help you decide how and whether to import your vehicle.
Thanks that's a good idea. I know the vehicle type is routinely modified in France and there are many specialist garages to deal with the make, we've been to them for litte problems when on holiday in France.

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Thanks, I have searched the forum and can't find anything.
https://www.expatforum.com/expats/se...rchid=45439794 I don’t know how long that link will be valid. I just searched for “import car” in the French ex-pat forum.
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https://www.expatforum.com/expats/se...rchid=45439794 I don’t know how long that link will be valid. I just searched for “import car” in the French ex-pat forum.
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if it is not LHD, it usually means that there will have to be a list of modifications to be carried out. The OP is being very cagey about the vehicle make model and type which leads one to suspect that it will be one that is difficult to import.

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if it is not LHD, it usually means that there will have to be a list of modifications to be carried out. The OP is being very cagey about the vehicle make model and type which leads one to suspect that it will be one that is difficult to import.
I'm not being cagey at all, it doesn't mattter what the vehicle is, the same principle will apply. I think rhd crs can be imported to France without modification.

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Is it a vehicle de collection or classic car? if so then this organisation can help www.ffve.org
If not then how old is it Can you get a COC for it? The older car the more likely you are to have to make modifications to it such as headlights speedo reversing light etc If the car has been modified then it will need to be taken to DREAL (equivalent to VOSA) to be examined to see that it complies with EU standards Generally older cars are less fuel efficient and as such are more heavily taxed although how much is ameliorated by the age of the vehicle plus if the CT(MOT) is tightened up an older car may not pass
Finally the more specific you can be in a question the more specific people can be in an answer and the more likely it will be that the answer will be of help to you

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