Shipping my car over from UK

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  1. #11

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    Glad I entertain you lot.

    If this is the kind of welcome I can expect for asking legit questions, then I it's nowhere I want frequent either.

    (p.s. I quoted the car as others have done as it may affect shipment, but who cares right?)


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    Aww Colin, you are not going to demonstrate the Gen Y stereotype, and quit on us, so soon ?

    We thought you might have changed tact by now, having a moment of clarity, impressing us with some cunning British witticisms...

    Very dissapointing, when natural attrition is so easy to achieve, you either, run with the big dogs, or you'll end up being lunch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colingor:
    Glad I entertain you lot.

    If this is the kind of welcome I can expect for asking legit questions, then I it's nowhere I want frequent either.

    (p.s. I quoted the car as others have done as it may affect shipment, but who cares right?)
    Colin

    As a fellow BBC stand your ground dude, Just do a bit of research on here first before you ask any questions that may get you flamed etc, As the car question has been asked before and they were all told not to bother.

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    Hi Colin,

    Another BBC here as well to your defence.

    Don't worry about asking daft questions. If it's on your mind, say it, ask it, whatever. There's no such thing as a daft question. It's just a question. I would be more inclined to question those who try to make you look daft, feel bad and ruin your day in order to feel better about themselves. That puts into question how secure / insecure they are to want to do that when a simple answer to a question would have been sufficient.

    The majority of people will just read a post and leave it at that if they can't help, but I'm sure most would wish you well. Those who respond in a petty way are probably not representative. Expats on a whole are a nice bunch.

    Anyway, the answer to the question at hand seems to quite conclusive. It's a question I've pondered before and I'm sure would have crossed the minds of many expats at some point.

    Good luck!


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    Heading back to topic - I shipped my car over from the UK to HK about 2 years ago.

    Points worth noting - HK is a free port - so long as it isn't booze, fags, perfume ..,

    Cars are free to import - you get hit when you try to get them on the road. The first registration tax is banded (with the lowest band starting at 30% of the value of the car and going up to over 105% for the most expensive cars) AND the cost of any modifications you might need to get it roadworthy (there are some local rules that UK cars do not conform to such as the fuel filler pipe having a maximum diameter) AND the cost of the shipping and insurance.

    However, you do get a year on year discount (25% of previous years total) for each year you have owned the car. So a 10000 quid car would attract a first registration fee of over $50,000. If you had owned it in the UK for 5 years, that would drop to $11,000 and after 10 years less than $3,000.

    Other points to note - if you have at any time swapped the engine, you will not be able to import it into Hong Kong. They compare the engine number to the DVLA V5 document - change the engine plate if you need to or contact the DVLA and get the V5 updated and the authorities here would never know.

    Oh and you CAN import Left Hand Drive cars - but you will only be able to drive it once a month. Or if it is being imported by a diplomat.

    Last edited by HKNewBi; 21-10-2007 at 12:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKNewBi:
    Heading back to topic - I shipped my car over from the UK to HK about 2 years ago.
    So, with hindsight, do you think it was worth it?

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    yes, the whole process was remarkably straight forward.


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