Moving Your Car Abroad

If you are moving to a foreign country and need to take your car with you, there are certain issues that can arise and we will look at a few of them in this article.


Before moving you need to let the DVLA know that you are taking your vehicle to foreign climes. You must complete section C of the registration document (V5) with the date of export and the DVLA will then issue you with a V561 certificate of export. You will need to submit your V5 at least 14 days before you intend to leave.


If you have a V5C certificate of registration instead of the V5 then you need to fill out the V5C/4 section (notification of export) and submit that to the DVLA instead. Again, you should allow a minimum of 14 days.

No Registration Certificate

If you have neither a V5 nor V5C then you need to apply for one using form V62 which can be obtained from the Post Office or downloaded from the DVLA website. You will need to get this done well in advance of leaving the country as the DVLA often experience significant backlogs.

Transporting Your Car

You have two ways by which you can get your car to your new home - either drive it yourself or get a transport company to get it there for you. Driving the car yourself is a fairly straightforward affair, but many people choose to have their car transported for them by a reputable company. Some people find themselves too busy with the move to drive the car themselves, while others don't like the idea of such a long drive on the 'wrong' side of the road. Many customers of transport companies are the owners of prestige cars and need to make sure that their pride and joy gets there in one piece.

Choosing a Transport Company

There are many reputable car transport businesses around. Such companies will provide a guaranteed delivery date, short lead times and comprehensive insurance. The cost of delivery will vary depending on the destination and rises steeply outside of Europe. Delivery can be either to a local hub or, for an extra premium, the car can be delivered right to your new home. Spain is an especially popular destination for Brits to move to and, together with France, is one of the best-served European countries in terms of affordable car delivery.

Gerry Taggart is looking into using to transport his cars.

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