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I'm moving to Brussels in Feb and debating what to do with my S3. I'll def be taking it although I have either the option of registering in Belgium and re-importing to UK later - which means vehicle testing there; or keeping it registered in UK and getting MOT here (CD plates).

I'm looking to see how strict vehicle testing is (heard horror stories of Germans opening sills etc) and how good mechanic/specialist support is etc. I know there's a club and I'll be contacting them too.
 

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I have been living in belgium for many years & have a late S2 spider. You can keep your car on uk plates (and insurance) for a few months, but after that you will need to register it in Belgium. Before re-registering the car you will need the car to pass an MOT, called the "controle technique". Here you have a choice of 2 different types of registration & hence level of MOT :

Either register it as an old timer or "ancetres" and can appliy to any car older than 25 years - This MOT test is really easy, and checks 5 basic points. Basically all cars pass. The problem is you are limited to using the car within a 35km radius from your home, and the car cannot be used at nightime.

Alternatively you can pass the standard MOT. In general they check everything including fairly tough mechanical testing of steering, suspension and brakes along with standard stuff such as lights etc. They will prod around with a screwdriver but they would not fail a car for some rust on the sills unless it is really bad. Having said this my main concern would be suspension/steering.

Registration of the car is done by the insurance company, who will take care of most details or will advice you on the formalities.

I not sure where in Belgium you will be living but there is a really decent garage in Brussels area specializing in classic alfas which is not at all high brow (website : socaro.com: The Leading So Caro Site on the Net). There is a owners club in the flemish reason, but this looks to be more for the posh, old and expensive alfas.
 

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Thanks dr9294. Mine is in okay shape - sound mechanically engine wise but some body rust apparent and although I've never opened the sills, my mechanic believes they are sound. The steering is a bit loose and the suspension could do with a clean up so that worries me slightly. I think I'll take the plunge and get it seen to before I go. Brakes are working fine but the discs do have rust on the edges (I prob need to replace them but they work as well as when it left the factory). Then again it sailed through here and they can be quite picky with the older cars.

I don't think ancestres is the option I'd go for but if it looks like if it will fail the full shebang, it may have to do in the meantime! I'll take it your recommended garage when I arrive and see what they think. Can you please post the link again - it is taking me to a search start not his website? I'll be in Brussels so handy to have an immediate point of contact.

All that said, I will have it on CD plates and have been told it can actually get tested in the UK but that means an annual return. Most people take the Belgian test straightaway for the two years for ease. Whether that is a colleague talking rubbish or not I'm yet to get to the bottom of...

I will need to get the lights changed, at least on the Brera you just turn a switch.
 
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