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Registering a UK private van in France ~ Advice please?
Have a RHD FIAT Ducato panel van that I bought new, it is in very good condition with low milage, used for my small UK/France business for 6 years. The business was closed a year ago but have retained the van for personal use (restoring our old stone cottage and lots of clearing up of what are the remnants of a small hill farm in the Auvergne, so for personal use only).
I assumed (maybe incorrectly?) that the process would be the same or similar to registering a UK car, but started to come up against statements such as 'not for commercial vehicles'. This is mainly so far re the tax rate on registration, but if a commecial vehicle is registered completely differently to a car then I may start to ponder if it is worth the trouble.
It is a fabulous van, everything was top of the range and I am the only person who has driven it, maintained on a regular basis etc etc. I do need a van for about another 2 years so if I had to sell it would be replaced with a French used van which would probably cost more for an inferior quality/condition vehicle. So for several reasons I would like to keep the vehicle I know.
To convert it for the French road test is easy, the local Controle Technique garage said they are happy to co-operate too, but how do I register a privately owned 3.5 tonne van?
BTW, my French isn't too good but I try.
Sorry to be so wordy, wanted to paint a full picture, any info or advice gratefully received.
Last edited by veevee; 11-01-2021 at 00:37.