Member Since: 23 Jul 2014
Location: The foot of Mont Blanc...
Registration is a fairly simple affair.
To do so you need the following:
1. Original V5
2. European Certificate of Conformity from the French HQ of the given brand, I.e. JLR France. To get this it will need to be checked over by a JLR dealer and (obviously) your lights will need to have been swapped before the test.
3. Control Technique (French MOT)
Then you pop wth the paperwork to your local registration centre, fill in the correct form and hand it over. They will calculate the import costs for you (based on engine size, emissions and value) which you pay and they will send away all the bumpf. From recollection they give you a temp registration until yours arrives, which is fairly quick. Once it has arrived, you have a set number of days to get the vehicle insured and new plates made up and fitted. Simple really. The difficult bit is passing the EU CofE, which being JLR could cost a bob or two as well (my wife's Mini was 500€, Not including changing the lights!!), and the expensive bit will be the import cost. However, it's worth remembering that once paid for, there I still no annual tax in France and the CT is every two years. Insurance is usually reasonable as well. So whilst it might seem expensive at first, within a couple of years you'll be paying less than equivalent in the U.K.
On pricing, cars are very, very expensive in France, especially premium brands. (We bought my wife's new model TT, 1 year old, fully specced, for 30k€ in Germany, and at the time the local Audi dealer had a lower spec model also second hand and with higher mileage for sale at 43k€!!). The Defender is no exception. Depending on what model and spec, as much as 50% more than the UK, certainly 30% on average. So that route might be worth considering. But it is worth remembering that this is like for like in each respective country. What I mean is that the price difference would relate to a registered RHD in the U.K. versus a registered LHD in France. If you're thinking of selling the Def, you'll have to factor in the cost of importing it and deduct that from any offer from a buyer, as they will be faced with the same bill. Could still be higher than selling a LHD in the U.K. of course. I'd suggest best value would be to keep the Def and import it. Within a couple of years you'll have absorbed the import costs, whilst still using your pride and joy and if you then want to sell it for a premium price to upgrade to a different model or spec of Def, you can do so then. It's what I did with my 110SW. I made 10k just by waiting. Monsieur Le Grenadier
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