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Buying and Using a LHD Car in the UK and Abroad

If you are lucky enough to have a holiday home in Spain or France and spend a lot of time on the continent then it makes perfect sense to buy a left hand drive car for using abroad. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the things you need to know about owning, buying and using a LHD car in the UK and abroad.

Can I use my LHD car in the UK?

One of the common questions we get asked by customers is if they can legally run and use a LHD car in the UK? And, the answer is yes, of course, you can. We’d recommend that you have the car registered to the place that you spend most of your time, so if you live in France for 8 months of the year, then it makes sense to have the car registered to your home in France.

Is it possible to buy a left hand drive car in the UK?

At Transeuropean we have over 40 years’ experience supplying UK customers with the best left hand drive cars on the market. We recognised that customers were looking for a hassle-free way to purchase a left hand drive car while still in the UK and so set out to provide them with a solution they could trust. With a stellar reputation, we can guarantee that the car you choose will comply with all the regulations of your chosen location.

Are left hand drive cars cheaper abroad?

You might be surprised to find out that it often works out to cost a similar amount buying a left hand drive car in the UK as it does abroad. In fact, in some cases, it can even be cheaper. This is mainly due to strong residual used values in countries such as Spain and France that makes buying on the continent generally more expensive. Another benefit of buying in the UK is convenience. At Transeuropean we make things as simple as possible and deal with all aspects of registration, servicing, inspections and even delivery.

Can I register a left hand drive car in the UK?

For those who are looking to spend more time in the UK and want to drive back and forth between the UK and France or Spain then it may make sense to register your left hand drive car in the UK. The process for this can be a little confusing and will mainly depend on what your intended use of the vehicle is and how long you are likely to be using it in the UK.

At Transeuropean we have been helping customers since 1970 to find the perfect left hand drive car and have imported and exported thousands of rare, luxury, prestige and standard cars. Our team can help you decide on whether UK registration is the right way to go and provide a full service from sourcing to final registration and delivery.

Don’t forget insurance

Whether you plan on keeping your LHD car in the UK or at your holiday home, one of the key things to consider is insurance. If you intend driving your left hand drive car between the UK and abroad you need to make sure that your insurance provider covers you for your intended usage.