Importing a ET3 into the UK from Germany
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'79 ET3
Joined: 13 Apr 2016
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Location: Köln, Germany
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:34 am quote
Bit of a long shot, but has anyone here had any experience importing an oldtimer from Germany into the UK?

The process seems relatively straight forward on the HMRC website and since I am organising this as part of a residency move, I would not have to pay any import duties.

However, is there anything I need to look out for, specifically for Vespas, that I may have overlooked? The DVLA only really give general instructions on how to import a vehicle. I'm wondering whether the German TÜV documents are suitable to obtain vehicle approval and whether there any potential issues with components (headlight / exhaust) that may need to be looked at prior to MOT.

Thanks in advance.
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Rally/GS/PX
Joined: 03 Feb 2020
Posts: 9
Location: Germany
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:32 am quote
Hello Chris,

the English authrities are not as strict as the Germans. UK vehicle documents only contain a fracture of the information your German ones will provide.

I am sure you know this webiste:

https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk

The only thing that need to be changed is the headlight, as you need one for left-hand-drive.

Where are you moving? There might be a scooter shop in close distance to get the MOT. Mot is not as strict as TÜV.
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'79 ET3
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Location: Köln, Germany
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:51 am quote
Hi Leif,

Thanks for the reply. Yes this is the website which I am getting all my information from.

I'm moving back to my home town in Manchester. I personally don't know of any scooter shops nearby, but that would probably be a better approach, rather than taking it to any old MOT station.
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Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:28 am quote
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chris_com_plane wrote:
Hi Leif,

Thanks for the reply. Yes this is the website which I am getting all my information from.

I'm moving back to my home town in Manchester. I personally don't know of any scooter shops nearby, but that would probably be a better approach, rather than taking it to any old MOT station.
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'79 ET3
Joined: 13 Apr 2016
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Location: Köln, Germany
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:04 am quote
Excellent, thank you
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Rally 200
Joined: 11 Apr 2021
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Location: Altrincham
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:29 am quote
Just a few options

Scooter crazy - Stockport

Mike Phoenix - Denton, possibly moved now.

North west scoots - Warrington

To name but a few.

Good luck mate
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Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:47 am quote
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