European Direct



1 Ordering your new car
On placing your enquiry, we shall endeavour to return to you a quotation for your required car including estimated delivery. This can be e-mailed, faxed or posted as you prefer. Should you wish to proceed with an order, we shall act on your behalf wherever possible, informing you of how and where your order is placed. Usually the contract for purchase is made directly between you and the supplying dealership, whereby you may have as much or as little direct involvement with them as you wish.

2 Cars Chosen to your Specification (Full Package)


Please provide us with as much information as possible so as to assist us find the right car for you (see Page 8 - Contact). We shall provide you with details / quotations of a selection closely suitable cars available from our both franchised and independent car suppliers / garages mainly based in Germany.

2b Choice
Quotations normally include for the full package in sterling (or euros) including obtaining an EC Certificate of Conformity (CoC),  transit registration plates with Green Card insurance, delivery, UK registration, UK VAT payment, road tax, UK number plates, the conversion of on board computers and navigation systems into English. The figures will be broken down. The delivery element, which will normally be carried out by road, is normally carried out and invoiced seperately by one of our partner companies specialising in this field.

2c Selection - Deposit
Once you have selected one that matches your requirements, a 15% deposit will normally secure the vehicle chosen. We shall undertake further final checks to ensure the vehicle matches the details quoted. If anything untoward materilises, we shall advise you accordingly, whereby the deposit will be refunded or you may opt for a suitable alternative vehicle. 

2d Handover - Final Payment
Following receipt of the deposit and once the final checks have been completed, we shall purchase / order the vehicle chosen outright for you. It will then be handed over to you by arrangement (usually within a week of availability). The balance is then due on handover in the form of cleared funds or a verified banker's draft. 

2e GB Registration
UK registration will normally be carried out for you directly the car is delivered. The original documents submitted to the DVLA near our Leeds office will be returned once processed (usually within a week) together with the tax disc and UK registration number assigned. We shall arrange for a set of number plates to be prepared and posted directly to you. The V5C Registration Certificate will be sent directly from the DVLA centre in Swansea a week or so later. 

2f VAT on New Vehicles (NMT)
Vehicles under six months of age or having covered less than 6,000 km are formally classified as "New Means of Transport" (NMT), when supplied from within the EU must have their VAT paid in the country of destination (registration). Unless you are a VAT registered body able to purchase the vehicle through their business, normally the supplier will hold a VAT bond until proof (VAT receipt) has been furnished that VAT has been paid in the country of destination or the vehicle has been permanently exported from the EU. Some exceptions apply - details on request. Alternatively our 'Premium' package (3c) below could simplify this procedure.

3 Cars Chosen by Yourself  (Self-sourcing)

3 'Standard' Package

This level of service is suitable those who have located vehicles either themselves via a variety of means or through us and wish for us to carry out the following services:

a) Vehicle details (availability,specification, best price and supplier) in English via e-mail or fax
b) Arrangements for provisionally ordering or reserving the vehicle and arranging contract to purchase by fax 
c) Assistance with payment procedures between the supplier and yourself
d) Assistance with travel for collection of vehicle from the supplier
e) Assistance with German transit (export) registration with European insurance valid for two weeks (longer on request)
f) Assistance with delivery if not self-collected
g) Assistance with GB registration and advice for other countries
h) Assistance with warranty issues from the supplier

As we are technically working on your behalf as your purchasing agent, you (our client) are responsible for our fees. This applies once a contractual order is agreed and becomes binding on both parties. Once your vehicle is selected, you simply lodge a deposit (15%) in sterling (or euros) with us and we shall purchase the vehicle outright for you (subject to usual checks) - see 2c. The balance may be paid in sterling (or euros) on handover - see 2d. The fees comprise of the following elements:

3a The 'Vehicle Acquisition & Services Fee' (commission) is based on the final invoiced value of the vehicle as obtained from the supplier. The rate is simply 3% + VAT for new vehicles (NMT) up to six months of age or with less than 6,000 km. Used vehicles is set on a sliding scale (see page 5). The 'VSA Fee' excludes VAT which is normally levied on registration.

3b The 'Transit Registration Fee' of £100/€115 + VAT  per vehicle includes for German transit (export) number plates with one month's European-wide basic insurance - if required. German road tax, if applicable, is charged at cost.


3c The 'GB Registration Fee' of £100/€115 + VAT per vehicle which includes the registration application elements for the vehicle with both the DVLA and HMRC (Customs) if not VAT registered. This fee includes a set of GB Euro or plain standard number plates. The DVLA VED (road tax disc), DVLA showroom tax if applicable and the first registration fee will be invoiced at cost whereby the rate depends upon the car chosen.

4 Other Services

4a 'GB Registration' Service - Vehicles Self-supplied
We are able to offer a GB registration service with the DVLA if you have imported your car yourself whether RHD or LHD. We shall advise you of the minimum legal requirements and submit the application of your behalf. The 'GB Registration' service fee is £280/€320 for a standard application to include a set of number plates, but excludes the DVLA first registration fee (£55/€63) and DVLA VED fee (road tax disc) which depends upon the vehicle. This is invoiced only on successful completion of GB registration. Due to the planned closures of the local DVLA offices, this service is now under review, so please ask as to its current status.

 I wish to know more about GB Registration (4a)

 Current Tax Disc (VED) Rates

4b 'Marketing' Package - Selling on your Behalf
Conversely, should be acting as your agent in terms of selling your car, the 'Marketing' package fee is 3% whereby you (our client) are responsible for it once a contractual agreement becomes binding. Although we may advise you on the selling price, it is ultimately your decision whether to accept or reject any offers. The initial preparation cost is currently £70/€80 which will be refunded on our completing the sale.

5 Collection / Handover / Delivery

5a Collection (supplier)

Most cars may be collected directly from the supplying dealership wherever that may be. We shall also assist with the travel arrangements and your return journey home.

5b Collection / Handover (European Direct)
We are normally able to arrange to bring the car chosen by yourself either to our main purchasing office or an airport nearby. The cost depends on the distance between the supplier chosen and us or a nearby airport whiich will be advised accordingly

5c Delivery / Handover (of your choice)  
Should you be unable to collect the vehicle either from the supplier or us or an airport nearby, separate arrangements may be made to bring the car to an alternative point of collection or destination of your choice. Details of the cost will be provided on request.

6 GB Registration
We shall submit the paperwork required for GB registration. The only items required from you are:

i) an insurance cover note usually based on the VIN / chassis number (assistance provided)

ii) Proof of address and identification: see DVLA guidelines for details:

iii) A cheque made payable to "Department for Transport" for the standard DVLA registration costs consisting of the 'First Registration Fee' (£55/€63) and Road Tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) whereby rates vary from vehicle to vehicle according to either their CO² emissions or date of original registration if before 1st March 2001 - see Advice given.

Once the DVLA has processed the application, an appropriate year related registration mark will be allocated (unless a pre-allocated registration mark is used from either a Retention Certificate or Certificate of Entitlement or a Cherished Transfer - advice can be given). The tax disc and original documents are normally sent to you.

7 Use of GB Registered Vehicles in other EU Countries

Many of our clients then use and keep the vehicle on the Continent for instance at their second home. We may be able to advise on the implications of this from experience gained from others. Please ask for details.

8 General Guidance Points of Treatment of NMT
The HMRC (Customs) in conjunction with the DVLA provide further guidance on the supply of NMT vehicles which may be useful via the link below:

 HMRC & DVLA V1-17 NMT Guide (pdf)

9 Showroom Tax
The DVLA VED rate includes an element of 'Showroom Tax' for new vehicles including those imported into the UK which are still classified as a NMT (see 2f). More details as to the rates may be viewed via the following link:

 Showroom Tax Rates

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