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Rules on importing a British car to Sweden

Required modifications and certification

amrp
post 17.Dec.2008, 05:27 PM
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Joined: 29.Nov.2008

ive been reading the messages from those of you that have imported a car from england into sweden and there seems to be alot of confussion over the rules ( speedo etc) I am currently in the process of registrating a 2006 model vauxhall vectra and this is the story so far..

1, brought the car into sweden via harwich - holland and drove the rest.
2, changed the headlights to "right traffic" and connected the fog lamp on the left side( not sure why vauxhall fit a bulb in the left side but no wiring?)
3, took the car for besiktning and was told that " the larger numbers on the speedo must read km, and after it was changed i would need a "intyg" (certificate) to confirm that it works correctly.
4,my local opel dealer fitted a new speedo and wrote a letter confirming the work done and that after a test drive they were happy that it worked correctley.
5 took the car back for another re-test and was then told that the certificate had to be issued by the manufacturer and not a local dealer.By this time i was getting pis&%d off with the whole thing and when i asked why my two previous cars which i imported never required the speedo to be changed the answer i got was " Im not really sure why " and " the rules are not very clear".
BILPRÖVNING, YOU HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH STAFF TRAINING AND YOUR HELPLINE IS NO USE EITHER!!!!!!
Every time we rang the technical helpline we got a different answer.

6 After hours on the phone i finally spoke to a guy at opels head office who informed me that i should go to my local dealer and they ONLY can contact their head office who can issue them with a "certificate of change" form which they and i need to fill in , send off and then i should recieve the right certificate.

7 1 week passes and the local dealer dont know how to obtain this form. I tried myself to ring opels head office and luckily spoke to a very helpful person who confirmed what i had been told and proceeded to conect me to the person who issues these certificates. He, again very helpful continued to say that nobody from my local dealer had contacted him and he e-mailed me the form which i personally took to my local dealer.
The form was completed by both parties and 3 days later we recieved a phone call to say the certificate was complete and i would have to pick it up from my local post office as i would have to pay the 2000kr fee (which nobody mentioned before)
What i cannot understand is that the letter written by my local dealer was not accepted but a certificate written by somebody in stockholm who has never seen the car is ok?????and the same person at my local dealer who wrote the original letter had to only write on this "special form" "the speedo has been changed and works correctly" (in swedish).

WHAT A COMPLETE SHAM!!!!

we are now waiting for the certificate to arrive (hopefully tommorrow) and then it shall be sent to bilprövning, so i can update this after.
After another hour on the phone to bilprövning i have beed assured that this rule with the speedo and :?: certificate only applies to cars MADE after 2003. The guys words were " any car older than 2003 model does not require the speedo to be changed!


It is alot of hassle importing a car into sweden, but check with your local dealer first, get all the forms yourself, and do it!! English cars are still half the price of swedish cars.


hope this helps

andrew
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Britabroad
post 17.Dec.2008, 06:12 PM
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Joined: 3.Dec.2006

Glad you took the time to post this Andrew - it's really helpful. I hope after ll that hassle that you have no further problems. Good on you for taking the 'don't let the ... wear you down' line and your message to do it anyway is well put.
Good man!
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Mairaj
post 17.Dec.2008, 07:47 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 18.Sep.2008

would you tell me from your experience how much is the duty on your car, and what are the factors the duty is based on???
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amrp
post 17.Dec.2008, 09:28 PM
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Joined: 29.Nov.2008

duty? what duty? this is my 3rd import in 5 years and ive never had to pay duty?
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Shark99 - The Great Catsb...
post 17.Dec.2008, 09:48 PM
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Joined: 11.Aug.2005

Isn't the steering wheel still on the opposite side?
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amrp
post 17.Dec.2008, 09:58 PM
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Joined: 29.Nov.2008

what?
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BillyB
post 17.Dec.2008, 10:14 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 31.Oct.2008

QUOTE (Mairaj)
would you tell me from your experience how much is the duty on your car, and what are the factors the duty is based on???



There is no duty charged on car imports within EU. (this is for new and used)

If you import a car from outside the EU you will pay duty on the CIF value.
So add up the value of the car, the cost of transporting it and the cost of the transport insurance and duty will be 10% of that. (well, the UK rate is 10%, Sweden may vary slightly)
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Mairaj
post 17.Dec.2008, 10:52 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 18.Sep.2008

So the duty would be 10% of the CIF value of the car if it is imported out of EU, in my case it is Singapore , do I get it correctly??? and what about VAT or any other taxes. I just want to be sure it is going to be cheaper than the cars already there in Sweden otherwise I would rather get rid of my car in Singapore and buy a local one.[/i]
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BillyB
post 18.Dec.2008, 10:56 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 31.Oct.2008

Well im not 100% sure how the VAT on imports works in Sweden.
what i do know is that on non EU imports to the UK you have to pay VAT (which i guess is now 15% since the change) and again, this is on the CIF value.

if you import as a business rather than privately it is very easy to reclaim every penny of VAT that you pay.

VAT on imports is classed as an “input tax” so you can claim it all back in you next tax return.

I would presume its the same in Sweden, especially as this stuff tends to be controlled by EU regs now.

Worst case scenario, ship it to the UK then drive it to Sweden, then you wont have any charges as its inter EU transport.

Easiest and cheapest way though would be to just come here and buy a Grey Import car from Germany (most grey imports into Europe come from US or Japan via Germany)
Just make sure its got the correct Emissions certificates as the rules in Sweden are much tougher than other places on how green a car should be.
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ameribrit
post 9.Apr.2009, 11:50 AM
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Joined: 23.Apr.2007

Mairaj.
If you importing a car that you are bringing with you as a new immigrant you will not have to pay import duties. There are rules and requirements though. I brought a Toyota Prius with me from the US last year and it was a fairly simple process in the end. Just made more difficult by different government departments interpreting the same form differently. But hey! That´s a bureaucratic standard world wide.
As for the problems with the speedo on UK cars. If you get the speedo changed before you take it to Bilprovning they will probably not even think about it.
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Tomitomi
post 23.Jan.2010, 12:54 AM
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Joined: 10.Jan.2006

Excuse me for changing topic slightly, but I have a related question...

What advantages are there in registering your car in Sweden? Do you need to do it after a certain time if you are classed as "normally resident in Sweden"? Why not just keep it on British plates? I'm thinking of bringing a car over here but going back once per year so can also take care of tax and MOT with DVLA. Then I never have to put it on Swedish plates, right?

Thanks for any help!
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Rick Methven
post 23.Jan.2010, 10:28 AM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

You will have to maintain a UK address for your tax, MOT and your insurance.

You should tell your insurance company that you want to have the car out of the UK for more than 3 months which is the usual max overseas coverage. Some UK companies will give you extended overseas coverage at a cost, some not.

Remember that your insurance while abroad is normally only third party and things like windscreen breakage is only covered in the UK. so a broken windscreen in Sweden will cost you around 7,000Kr instead of the £150 in the UK
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gplusa
post 23.Jan.2010, 06:02 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

A friend of mine up here brought his Skoda from the UK to Sweden. Like the original poster, he had to source a certification letter regarding the speedometer from the Skoda factory, and not just from the local dealer. So it doesn't sound like that requirement is too uncommon.
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Rick Methven
post 23.Jan.2010, 06:08 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

I imported a SAAB 9000, The speedo was already dual miles/kilometres all I had to do was change the headlamp glass 800Kr from the scrap yard smile.gif

Moral of the story: if bringing a car from the UK, make it a Volvo or a SAAB
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Bisonex
post 23.Jan.2010, 06:19 PM
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Joined: 10.Jun.2009

We have just registered our car here, but we had no problems. We bought a brand new Land Rover from a specialist dealer in the UK last June. It was made by Land Rover for export to Peru, so it was left-hand drive and the speedo was in kph. The only problem we had was finding the chassis number, and we had to phone the dealer in England to get that. Once that was done, it was plain sailing, and we now have the plates.

I'm very pleased I did buy the car in the UK. I paid £21,000 for it, and the same vehicle here, with all the extras, works out at about 385,000. Plus, it's handled the snow and ice brilliantly!

We have a trailer and that's not so straightforward. It's made by the large, Danish manufacturer Brenderup, but Bilprovning say we should have a special certificate from Brenderup to show its maximum weight. We didn't get one when we bought it - you don't in the UK as it's not classed as a "motor vehicle" _ so we had to order one from Brenderup, and they demanded 50 Euros for the trouble! Rip off! By the time we have finished, getting the trailer on to Swedish plates will have cost us about £250. Ridiculous!

Bison
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