Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd July 2005, 19:42   #1
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 36,111
Thanked: 27,555 Times
Default Importing a car from the UK?

Is anyone aware of what the entire procedure entails to import a used car from the UK? Say an early 90's model year sedan?

I would appreciate details on:

1. Duties
2. Eligibility to import as an individual
3. Is there a "carfax" in the UK to check history?
4. Any local tests that have to be cleared?
5. Any other headaches that should be expected?

Thanks much in advance

GTO
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 22nd July 2005, 19:57   #2
BHPian
 
EVO6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 489
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

As far as i know ... You cant import second hand cars into India .. Except if it is via TR (Transfer of Residence) route ...
We cant import on an individual basis ...
EVO6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 20:05   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Revvmaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,181
Thanked: 16 Times
Default

Hey GTO

One word of caution. Make sure you don't end up paying any VAT in the UK if you buy a car from there.

BTW as far as i remember, one can individually import a car since 2003. Refresh my memory if isn't so.

Revv
Revvmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 20:17   #4
Team-BHP Support
 
aah78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: NYC / BOM
Posts: 2,711
Thanked: 589 Times
Post websites

GTO:
i was looking up procedures to import cars from UK to USA / India and here are a couple of websites which i chanced upon. however, i couldn't find a comprehensive website giving specific information regarding procedures for import from UK, taxes, etc. but there are a number of websites giving bits of information.
many of them deal with NRI's importing cars to India but i guess you can get a few notes off from them.

i think a better option would be to contact the India Customs & Excise Board and get details from them -
Central Board Of Excise And Customs
alternatively, the Indian Embassy in London could provide some light on car exporting procedures from UK.
Hich Commission Of India, London
or the Department Of Transport, UK
Department Of Transport, UK

also, you can refer to these following links -
Indian Embassy, DK - Import Of Car - Valuation Of Car & Duty
indiancustoms - Notification On Import Of Car & Automobile Vehicles (Unofficial Guide)
NamastheNRI.com - Import of cars and other vehicles into India
indiacar.com - Car Imports And Duties - Exim Policy 2001
NRIOL.COM - Import Of Car By NRIs

hope this helps you out to an extent.
ad

Last edited by aah78 : 22nd July 2005 at 20:19. Reason: modifying content
aah78 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 20:25   #5
BHPian
 
EVO6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 489
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Revvmaster
Hey GTO

One word of caution. Make sure you don't end up paying any VAT in the UK if you buy a car from there.

BTW as far as i remember, one can individually import a car since 2003. Refresh my memory if isn't so.

Revv
You can but it has to be brand new and worth about USD 40,000 ...
Check out DGFT site for import rules and details

Ok got more details about second hand import ...
Firstly its possible only thru TR route cant bring on your own ..
Secondly the car has to be pre owned by the same guy for 1 year abroad who is bring it in.. And after importing there is a lockin period of 2 years wherein u cant sell the car till that time ...
Duty on 2nd hand imports is 180%

Cheers

Last edited by EVO6 : 22nd July 2005 at 20:32.
EVO6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 22:22   #6
BHPian
 
Mad Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: mumbai
Posts: 248
Thanked: 169 Times
Default

and age of the vehicle cannot be more then 10 years
Mad Monkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 22:29   #7
Team-BHP Support
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,181
Thanked: 1,354 Times
Default

Duty also depends on engine size. Above 1600cc the duty becomes much higher. Dont recall the numbers since they seem to change every year.
Mpower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 22:39   #8
Team-BHP Support
 
moralfibre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: MH-12
Posts: 5,652
Thanked: 2,985 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EVO6
Duty on 2nd hand imports is 180%
You mean 180% on the original cost of the vehicle or the cost at which the vehicle is bought second hand?
moralfibre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2005, 22:46   #9
BHPian
 
EVO6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 489
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Depretiated value of a brand new car is considered ...
EVO6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd July 2005, 09:30   #10
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,397
Thanked: 3,823 Times
Default

You can do an HPI check on the car. Only way a car like that can come in is on TR where the erpson has imported it. Do you really want the hassle? Remember, the enemy is corrosion - either find a good deal here or look to South Africa or Australia for a siilar car in better condition
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd July 2005, 09:37   #11
BHPian
 
sriny_blr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: MAQ/BLR
Posts: 202
Thanked: 44 Times
Default

Hi,
Last year I was into the same exercise and when searching on the net, somewhere i read that If you want to get waived off the duties in india for the vehicle you should be a resident in that country (from where u r importing) for atleast a year and that the car should be registered in your name. and also that you should have not imported any other car in the last three years. and once imported you cannot import another car in the next three years.
sriny_blr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd July 2005, 10:06   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
Gordon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 2,379
Thanked: 69 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by EVO6
Duty on 2nd hand imports is 180%
But you cannot import second hand cars, right?!
Or is the rule discarded now?!
Gordon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd July 2005, 10:57   #13
BHPian
 
S600BENZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 305
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

Dude,
Second hand car can only be imported on T.R and the car has to be registered in the country of import at least for a yr in the name of the person importing the car. There is no other way to do it.
S600BENZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd July 2005, 13:16   #14
BHPian
 
EVO6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 489
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Gordon,
An indian individual cannot import it ...
But a NRI who has lived and owned that same car in the other country for a period of minimum one year can import provided he is moving back into India ... Since he is transfering his residence back to India ... It is called T R ..
EVO6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th July 2005, 09:33   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: mumbai
Posts: 1,883
Thanked: 180 Times
Default

So, that means , all the exotics that are spotted at imported car dealers place are bought on TR and the buyer cannot transfer the car in his/her name for 2 years.
How do they bring so many cars on TR, is there any specific check on this or SAB CHALTA HAI, JHOL, of course !!

Last edited by v12 : 24th July 2005 at 10:10.
dipen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Importing a Bike from the UK ronaldfurtado Superbikes & Imports 28 25th October 2013 15:03
Importing a used Skoda from the UK? They're going real cheap wings_of_fire What Car? 5 27th November 2011 15:48
Importing A Used Car kphilip Shifting gears 33 14th July 2009 22:46
Importing a car from Singapore. fb1 The International Automotive Scene 32 5th April 2009 15:51
How to go about Importing a car? heavy_foot Luxury, Imports & Niche 4 15th June 2004 00:58


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 19:03.

Copyright 2000 - 2014, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks