From the EU?
What age of vehicle?
If it's over 10yo, then all you need is an MOT.
If it's under 10yo, then you need the certificate of conformity, which
you should be able to get from the manufacturer.
I'm meaning imports into UK from outside the EU. These imports need to
be certified as being fit for UK (OK, EU if you will) roads. Someone has
to test a sample and then provide a certificate of type (not an
individual test of each vehicle as per MOT). What is the cert and which
body does the testing and provides the cert?
Then forget a CoC, because there won't be an applicable one - a non-EU
spec car, even with an EU equivalent, will differ sufficiently that the
manufacturer won't give you the EU-spec CoC.
If it's <10yo, then it'll need an SVA (or has it changed to something
else now? IVA? I forget). If it's a car that's commonly imported, then I
think there's a process where somebody might have done testing to certify
that particular model, but I doubt they'd extend that certification to
cars that they aren't personally importing.
If it's 10yo+, then just MOT.
But if I have it tested myself (these are brand new vehicles I'm talking
about) then I haven't got to go back to the manufacturer apart from
getting him to make any necessary mods. Am I on the right lines?
Are you saying the certificate belongs to the person who's importing it,
rather than being an all-embracing type certificate that would apply to
all these vehicles regardless of the importer?
Which body deals with these things?
This is starting to sound like you're planning to be importing a number
of brand new cars, for sale as brand new cars, as a business venture?
If so, then you're really going to need to take some professional advice.
I'd start by talking to the SMMT.
I presume this is a manufacturer that's not currently present in the EU,
rather than parallel import?
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