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Reimporting an RV8 to
the UK, typically from Japan where a very large proportion of RV8 production was
sent, is a complex process most private buyers will prefer to leave to experts
with local knowledge and contacts in Japan and experience of the reimport and
registration procedures in the UK. Dealing with a specialist in Japan needs considerable
care as you are relying on their skills and reliability in obtaining a car to
your requirements in terms of condition, their creditworthiness for handling your
funds and most important for handling any difficulties or complaints after the
car has been purchased, shipped and delivered to you. We have had a report from
a member in New Zealand importing an RV8 from Japan, via a "specialist"
operating there, of a particularly poor "customer support" when a complaint
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useful notes if you are thinking of getting an RV8
to pay for an RV8
RV8 price trends
RAWS impact on Australian
Reassurance with RV8
RV8 auction system in Japan
auction news from Tokyo
seats" on RV8 auction reports
RV8 auction reports
RV8 reimport links
note not available online?
You can get a copy of the full set of V8 Workshop
Notes and a set of the RV8 Workshop Notes online.
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HMRC - before
you buy a car abroad
If you intend
purchasing a car abroad, you must, on bringing it into the UK, register it and
pay Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). All motor vehicles in the UK, other than those
brought in temporarily by visitors, must be registered with the Revenue Commissioners.
A vehicle must be registered before it can be licensed for motor tax purposes.
In order to be able to
register the vehicle, you must present proof of identity - a Passport or a Driving
Licence along with the vehicle and all the other required documentation at a National
Car Testing Centre or NCTS.
to import your vehicle into the UK
This publication, INF106 from the DVLA,
explains how to register a car imported to the UK. For a UK registration, if you
have an original European Certificate of Conformity it will need to state that
the speedometer shows miles per hour (imperial units) and that the vehicle is
suitable for driving on the left-hand side of the road. If this is not stated
then you will require additional approval. VCA
a used classic car
Guide to the process. More
Do I Register an Imported Classic Car in the UK?
Guide notes from TradeClassics.
Codes, Certificates and Vehicle Data for MG Rover cars
Services is authorised to supply a selection of Codes, Certificates and Vehicle
Data as a service to persons and organisations that can prove they have a right
to the information. The charges for this service are approved by PwC and are set
out on the company's website. The items currently available are:
Certificates of Conformity
> Dating Certificates
> Selection of Vehicle
Details e.g. Specification, Paint Code/Colour
and Radio Codes
> Emergency Key Access Codes
Useful services, MGR
Where do you buy an RV8?
A good selection of RV8s
is advertised for sale on the RV8s for Sale webpages on the V8 website and there
a several well known RV8 specialists who actively trade RV8s and regularly get
good member satisfaction reports - in the UK Clive Wheatley mgv8parts, Brown &
Gammons and Classic and Sportscar Consultants. In Australia there are James Brown
at the MG Car Centre in Tasmania and Stuart Ratcliffe at RV8 Cars Australia in
Sydney. The supply of RV8s reimported from Japan is a very important factor in
both the UK and Australian markets, but how do you go about getting one?
(Oct 08) More
See our listing of specialists. (Oct
Reimporting an RV8 -
what are the options?
Many MG enthusiasts are buying reimported RV8s and
the flow returning to the UK is substantial - but what options are available to
prospective purchasers of reimported RV8s and what prudent concerns should they
have in buying from either a local agent in Japan or from a UK based specialist
RV8 trader? This note by Victor Smith provides a guide to the options together
with a footnote with the views of Chris Watkins, who ran the specialist RV8 reimporter
HS Imports in Somerset. (Oct 03) More