Whether you are looking to buy a holiday home in Europe, are relocating as part of a job move or promotion, or are thinking of moving abroad on a permanent basis, buying a left hand drive car makes a lot of sense. In this blog, we’ll look at 5 tips to help you buy a left hand drive car and what things you need to be look out for in the process.
Use a reputable specialist
One of the biggest tips for buying a left hand drive car is to use a reputable company for the purchase. Unless you speak the language of the country you’ll be using the car in, it’s often easier to deal with a specialist company in the UK. This is where Transeuropean can really help; as we have been helping UK customers find the perfect LHD cars since 1970.
Choose a car with a good history
Unless you are able to view the car yourself in person and understand the local language, it can be difficult to get the real history of a left hand drive vehicle. As well as checking for outstanding finance and accident damage, you’ll want to make sure that you know about the service and maintenance history of the vehicle you intend buying to help avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Think about import and export
Do you know the law when it comes to importing or exporting a car? Many people wrongly assume that you can legally use your right hand drive car in Europe for as long as you want or a left hand drive car in the UK indefinitely. Sadly this is not the case and to do things properly you’ll need to register your car in the country where you’ll be spending the majority of your time. This process can be long and complicated and you need to ensure you have the right paperwork. As well as this you’ll also need to understand what Tax or import duty is due.
Buying a car in the UK is a great way to save money and not have the hassle of dealing with a foreign dealership. Another advantage is that you can often get the car delivered to your holiday villa or foreign property as part of the process, saving you time and effort of having to do this yourself. Of course, you could always choose to drive the car abroad yourself, but for those short on time delivery can be a great option.
Purchase in the UK
There are many reasons why it makes sense to purchase your left hand drive from the UK, with one of the strongest being language. Another advantage is that used car prices are considerably cheaper in the UK compared to mainland Europe. This means that you’ll be able to get a much better car for your money. At Transeuropean we make sure that all the cars we buy are in the best possible condition and carry out our own extensive checks into their history as well as carrying out a rigorous mechanical check.
This means that when you buy a left hand car from Transeuropean, you can relax in the knowledge that your new left hand drive car won’t let you down.