Re: Importing a car to the UK
I guess you'll be buying a left-hand drive Alfa from Germany.
I've imported my Alfa from Germany, as well. I was amazed by this, but the dvla website provides all the information you need to register the car ( where I come from, this never happens ).
Basically, you need to do some modifications to the car, to make it UK compliant :
- headlights : the beam needs to dip to the other side of the road. On some models (like the 146) there is a lever behind the headlight, which lets you adjust the dip level. You can set the beam horizontal, which is fine for both UK and the continent. Otherwise, you'll need to change the head-lights with UK-spec ones.
- offset fog light : For the 145/146, the fog light is on only one side. So you'd need to change the rear lights as well, with UK-spec ones. For 156, where the rear lights are symmetrical, it's all good.
- mph speedo. Get them off ebay.
The thing is, you could do these yourself, but the government doesn't quite trust people, so you need garage bills for each of the required modifications.
Once you've done all that, you need to write a letter to Fiat, enclosing a copy of the german registration, saying you'd like to register this car in the UK. They will send a letter to the SVA, confirming the car is ... I don't know what.
On your side, you need to send a file to the SVA, containing the registration documents in original + the bills with the above mods and £70.
If all goes well, you'll be sent a type approval certificate in about 7-10 days.
With this certificate + identity documents + insurance certificate + car tax you'll go to the DVLA and have the car registered.
For the insurance, you need to get one on the chassis number at first. I got mine from Admiral. If you don't provide the registration within 14 days, the insurance will get canceled automatically and you'll have your money back - £19.
That's about it, I think.
Oh, forgot to mention. It's a good idea to ask for the Certificate of Conformity from the Alfa Romeo dealer in Germany. It's useful when filling in the SVA forms and also when you'll want to sell the car in another EU country.