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European Car Delivery

Postby Anonymous » Tuesday 5 May 2009, 19:59

Hi,

I'm interested in delivering cars to and from Europe. What insurances and papers (apart from a Green Paper) do I need? Specifically is the car insured on the owners insurance, the person I'm delivering it to or do I need specialised car insurance (possibly trade plates)?

Also would GIT be of any use if the goods are the car itself i.e. I'm driving it, not towing it.

Thanks in advance

Chris
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Postby Anonymous » Tuesday 5 May 2009, 22:14

how will you get home?
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Postby bramble43 » Tuesday 5 May 2009, 22:24

as far as i know GIT doesn't cover vehicles, you'll need a motor trade policy, which will also help you get trade plates, but you'll also usually need proof of being involved in motor trade, like books, a truck, yard, business bank account etc and then some snotty pen pusher from DVLA coming to visit premises to check it out.
The following year at renewal they usually ask for more, just to make it easy for you.
I believe it is now standard for any motor policy issued within EU to cover at least the most basic requirements of the law accross the eu without having to beg ins company for a green card

You should get a fully comp motor trade policy for less than £2k a year, i was paying £2.7k for mine as i was running 3 trucks and had cover for any vehicle (except motorbikes) up to 50k in value
Cover for bikes was going to cost another £1.5k, makes you wonder if all these £99 bike movers have cover doesn't it?
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Postby Digby » Friday 2 July 2010, 09:27

I think your idea fails at the first hurdle, many companies who move cars around Europe do it for climate and altitude testing and they are fitted with so many gizmos and gadgets, they are carried in covered transporters, other reasons for the manufacturers to move cars around is that they are unseen prototypes or when they are exhibiting at trade shows and sometimes the unveiling at the Paris, Milan or Munich motor show is the first time these models have been seen by the public.

If you are thinking of moving private cars, you may find many of them are classics. Imagine little Lord Fondleroy taking his boyfriend for a dirty weekend in his mountain retreat above Monaco, he relies on a transporter to deliver his vintage Ferrari while he goes on his Sunseeker yacht. Unfortunately you have blown his engine up on the A26 near Reims.

The only other reason I could see why someone would want a car bringing back from Europe or beyond is when they are being repatriated after a breakdown or accident.

Have a look at these companies, it is what they specialise in. Give them a call and see if they want sub contractors.

http://www.normanmarshall.co.uk/

http://www.ontime-auto.com/SpecialistTransport.asp

How do I know all this? Because I worked for them and delivered Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Mercedes and collected broken Ford Mondeos and Vauxhall Astras from all over Europe.

Oh, one last thought, Trade Plates only have a use in the UK, they are for traders moving cars around without road tax!
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Postby bramble43 » Friday 2 July 2010, 10:46

He's dug up an antique :D

Thought how did i miss this topic before noticing it's over a year old
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Postby Digby » Friday 2 July 2010, 11:22

bramble43 wrote:He's dug up an antique :D

Thought how did i miss this topic before noticing it's over a year old


:oops: May, June, it is only just July, 2009

Anyway, how did the original poster get on with his idea? :lol:
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Postby bramble43 » Friday 2 July 2010, 11:51

:oops: don't know, he got banned 8)
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Re: European Car Delivery

Postby Swampey » Saturday 18 May 2013, 23:09

Then if you wanna tow cars cross Europe then you need a decent trailer that could weigh up to 700kg just the trailer....that's an open trailer... you might consider a covered one

Then you gotta consider what the car / vehicle have you got and does it have the capacity for towing the trailer plus car.....trailer and if your over the magic 3500kg then its operators licence territory, restricted driving hours, etc etc plus if you are over weight then you could be fined a lot of money, stop you continuing on your journey..
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Re: European Car Delivery

Postby legrysexpressltd » Sunday 19 May 2013, 09:05

Swampy you driving hrs are restricted anyway even without a tacho unfortunately/ fortunately there ignored and unenforced


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Re: European Car Delivery

Postby MK BIKER » Sunday 19 May 2013, 10:38

Unless you are involved in an accident and then they'll throw the book
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Re: European Car Delivery

Postby AlunL » Monday 20 May 2013, 08:09

bramble43 wrote: makes you wonder if all these £99 bike movers have cover doesn't it?


Ask your mates at Cornish. They do a policy that covers motorcycle transport.
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Re: European Car Delivery

Postby Impresii » Sunday 11 January 2015, 17:17

Digby, nice words. I'm so happy to read what you write, for me it was important, thx.
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