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Old 11-07-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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American Car Imports

I've seen a few people on the forum talking about american imports. Having just returned from america and seeing their much cheaper prices I have started looking into prices/process for the future. Has anyone got experience of importing from the states and knows how easy it is/how much extra you have to pay and anyway to get round some of the taxes!! Only an idea for the future at the moment, but some info would be good.

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Old 11-07-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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Ive just imported a day van and dodge truck which will be here next week, shipping is about £800, import duty at 22% on commercials plus vat on top of everything including shipping charges.

Dont forget you've got to sva and register them as well which can add another grand.
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Do you know if the commercial duty import fee is on all cars or just trucks (at 22% - i think personal cars are 10%)? Was thinking that might get round the VAT if putting it as a company car on a business?
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:49 AM   #4
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Cars are 10%, motor homes are 3%. Dont think there's anyway round the vat, mr Brown doesn't like to miss an opportunity to get more tax off us.
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Could a VAT registered company (i.e. my dads) not claim that it was for company use? Therefore not pay VAT on it?
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:09 AM   #6
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Could a VAT registered company (i.e. my dads) not claim that it was for company use? Therefore not pay VAT on it?
You still pay the VAT - you just have to claim it back!
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:38 AM   #7
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Same difference (basically)
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:59 PM   #8
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Could claim vat back but truck have to be registered in company name well atleast it should be!
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:09 PM   #9
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Ive just had my bill from the shipping company and basically with shipping,duty and vat its doubled what I paid in america.

In my opinion its not worth the hassle, I could have bought them over here for the same price and ive still got to register and sva them
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Rule of thumb seems to be what it is in Dollars same in Pounds on your drive
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Ok then, seems like something to avoid in the near future then. Well thanks for all the info.

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