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Importing 2011 Hymer from Germany

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I'm looking at importing a Hymer Van 512 from Germany in the near future on a Ford transit chassis.

After lots of reading on the subject am I right in thinking that once I have got it back to the UK - I need to:

Change the the headlights and make the necessary alterations to the speedo and rear fog light and an invoice stating this from a VAT registered garage. Then apply for the commission of mutual recognition.

The next step seems to be registering with the DVLA and I'm unsure whether I'll need a Certificate of Conformance (CoC)- as I have read forum posts indicating that motorhomes are exempt. The motorhome will be purchased from a non specialist dealer in Germany - so I'm unsure whether it will come with the (CoC).

Can anyone assist? - The DVLA are sending the import pack but it's taking longer than expected to arrive and I haven't found anything concrete on the web.

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Thanks for the the prompt reply.

Yes I've read that post but I believe there might be differences with with importing a second hand vehicle.


Having just been talking to the DVLA on the phone they are adamant that either a Certificate of Conformance or an Individual vehicle approval is needed the test for which costs £199 and the whole process takes about a month.

Does anyone know anything about the possible exemption to the CoC for motorhomes which I've read in threads dated around 2008. This info might be out of date though.....?
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Having just spoken to the German dealer looks like they have the CoC and it's much more common out there than it is here - so maybe a case of worrying over nothing.

So just then just make the alterations to the vehicle apply for a Mutual recognition Cert (£100), obtain an MOT - and then apply to VOSA to register the vehicle (£55+road tax) - I don't think I've missed anything..............?
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Having just spoken to the German dealer looks like they have the CoC and it's much more common out there than it is here - so maybe a case of worrying over nothing.

So just then just make the alterations to the vehicle apply for a Mutual recognition Cert (£100), obtain an MOT - and then apply to VOSA to register the vehicle (£55+road tax) - I don't think I've missed anything..............?
pretty much covers it, I think you'll need to have insured it using the VIN number to move it from the port of entry to home, plus the UK mods and the MOT, only a very few insurance cos will do this - I used Safeguard.

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We imported ours in 2008,spend most of our time on the continent (or we used to ) so I never changed the headlights. Blanking tape gets through the MOT providing it's positioned correctly.

I did, however, change the speedo tho it makes reading km much more awkward on the continent. I was advised (tho can't remember if it was MOT or unofficial) that I'd fail without it.
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Having just spoken to the German dealer looks like they have the CoC and it's much more common out there than it is here - so maybe a case of worrying over nothing.

So just then just make the alterations to the vehicle apply for a Mutual recognition Cert (£100), obtain an MOT - and then apply to VOSA to register the vehicle (£55+road tax) - I don't think I've missed anything..............?
step by step

get dealer to send you a photo of speedo with lights on. send this to lockwood engineering and you well get the correct MPH/KPH speedo. while at it ask him to source RHD headligts...worth a go..anything that speeds up the process once you get home is good

dealer will arrange 3rd party 5 day export plates

get fully comp insurance on (VIN number supplied by dealer). 30 days best as some only do 14

arrange local garage to check van over and complete letter to send to VCA

send all the ORIGINAL paperwork to VCA, once hatt back send it all aging to dvla and cross your fingers!
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there are links in my 'importing from Belgium' thread for the VCA guidance notes, and for the Lockwood site. I do strongly suggest you invest a little time to read them both carefully if you haven't already.
The VCA want a written declaration / report from the garage that does the work, an invoice almost certainly won't be accepted on it's own as it won't contain the wording that they want to see. You will need new headlights, tape may have been acceptable 7 years ago but not now.
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Tape was acceptable in Northern Ireland this year and generally I think they're more stringent than across the water.
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Tape was acceptable in Northern Ireland this year and generally I think they're more stringent than across the water.
For GB I refer you to the Application Form which is downloaded from here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ecognition--17
It is very clear about headlights.

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