Importing a car from UK to Australia can be an absolute breeze if you play your cards right. Unfortunately, many eager motorists jump in too quickly and make all kinds of mistakes when attempting the process, thus leaving them with all kinds of issues to overcome in the future.
But, if you follow this guide on importing a car from UK to Australia, you’ll be set for doing the job with absolutely ease:
Find a reputable import agent
First thing’s first: your import agent. They make the purchase as simple as possible, as they have typically been in the business for many years and can deal with all the paperwork and other annoyances that come with this process.
Whether it’s shipping the vehicle to its destination port, handling de-registration in Great Britain, organising its process through Aussie compliance and ports, they have you covered with an experienced service. You’ll pay for their service, but it’s much safer and more efficient to do it this way.
Save yourself the trouble with all that annoying bureaucracy and get started with an import agent!
The most vital piece of paperwork you will come across in this process is known as the “Vehicle Import Approval” (VIA) which you will have to apply for online before ever attempting to ship your stunning luxury car into Australia.
Each VIA goes with each individual vehicle, and you need this imperative document from the government’s Department of Infrastructure to be legally allowed to import the vehicle. This means you should always avoid buying an unregistered import vehicle that doesn’t contain a VIA as this could make registering the vehicle an impossibility.
Once you’ve lodged the application you should only have to wait around 20 business days to receive approval – the application is done online and costs $50. They’re pretty easy to do, and they only require some ID numbers from the vehicle (including its VIN), your details and some scanned copies of your invoice.
Shipping the vehicle
Upon delivery to the docks, your model can be shipped in many different ways depending on the vehicle’s size, which port it is shipping from and, of course, your budget. Import and shipping costs do vary, as they are dependent on the vehicle’s cost and how you will opt to ship the car onto your location (think roll-on, roll-off or via container, as well as if the ship stops at ports along the way or if you want direct shipping).
Upon arrival in the country
Destination port staff will then unload your new model and it will be sent for chests from customs and quarantine departments, taxes and import duties are also payable. The import duty and GST Australia charges are calculated on shipping prices and combined purchases, and these expenses are payable before the vehicle is free to be picked up and sent for compliance checks. However, there are many import duty calculators on Australian sites that will allow you to calculate these expenses in advance so you don’t get shocked when the bill arrives!
The final process
The vehicle will then be transported to your destination, but if it is a later model it will be taken to a RAWS site where modifications may be undertaken to ensure the vehicle meets Australian standards. Once this process is completed you should then expect to shortly receive your incredible imported UK vehicle!
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