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    Default Buying an imported car & impact on value...

    I'm thinking about buying a car which is an import, but originally purchased in the UK.

    Thing is, it is a UK car that was exported when new in 2008 to germany as the guy was working in the Army, so the car was registered on BFO plates over there.

    A year later, he moves back to the UK, and 'imports' the car back to the UK, less any VAT charges as he was using it in Germany for over a year.

    He now is looking to sell as is being shipped off to Afganistan, and I was wondering whether buying an import of this nature would affect the value of the car?

    The car is back on full UK spec and has all the certificates to show it is roadworthy in the UK. Thing is, I've brought an car that had been imported from Japan (MR2) a few years ago and the value was thousands less than a UK equivilent.

    Obviously this guy has saved around £3500 in VAT by shipping the car out of the UK in the first place, so now as the car is technically an import as was out of the UK for 12 months, should I be looking for a saving on the value compared with a full on UK non-imported car?

    I've been looking on DVLA and it seems that imports can be problematic and the paperwork needs to be in order (proof that VAT is not applicable etc) but can't find anything on where the value should be pitched.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

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    should be no problem with resale value as all the docs will show its a UK car.

    if every thing is in order then should be all ok

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