Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mouhet, Central France
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ok, i've just successfully *YEAH* registered a 21 year old van here in France, was a struggle and I've got some words of wisdom to offer...
To register any vehicle in France you need an address, you need an edf (electricity) bill and it would no doubt be easier if you have a UK passport as your a member of the EU :O) and you need to provide that for identification.
Before buying a vehicle, make sure you can get a certificate of conformity for it (this may mean one from e.g fiat and another from e.g hymer) and the whole process will be alot easier. If it doesn't conform or you can't get hold of the COC the process becomes do-able but more time consuming... our van didn't have the COC from LMC(Hymer) and so we had to go down a completely different path which if you haven't ever registered any vehicles here can be difficult to understand....
It has to go to the Veritas to prove the gas/electric/window openings/ventilation conforms... German plug sockets need changing, gas pipes etc etc...
It has to have a MOT (Controle Technique) within the last 6 months to go to the prefecture,
tax office for a customs form and then off to the prefecture, if it's 10 years old the tax for registering the vehicle is halved, on a 10cv over 10 years old it was 171E
We worked out last night with the tax charge it's cost us 800E and we bought our van for 5500E in the UK, resale value now here in France is 10000E so a nice little profit should we want to sell....
If you want an easy life, check out leboncoin.fr and buy a van in France, then its just a case of going to the prefecture, sometimes you can get really good bargains and importing it's a good 2 months of work and can be more,