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judyr


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19/09/2009 17:13

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Can anyone tell me how long a second hand car has to be registered in my name before I can import it into TRNC? Also an indication of the amount of tax I would have to pay.



wanderer


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19/09/2009 18:15

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Your starter for 10

How old is the car when was it first registered when did you purchase it is it EU specification?what is the make and cc and how is it fuelled petrol diesel?



Jeannie


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And that's only your starter. Wait till the bonus questions start



judyr


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19/09/2009 23:49

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Sorry guys - thought you could help. I expected an answer not ten more questions.



Let me repeat my question - how long do I need to own a car - I haven't bought one yet but am hoping to move to TRNC in the early Summer and thinking about buying a used car to bring over - so - is there a time limit on how long the car has been regiistered to me - also, does it have to be a certain age - i.e., can I bring in a car 6 years old, for instance.



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minertor



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20/09/2009 00:05

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If it meets the criteria, you can ship it over as soon as you buy it. In 2007 I imported a 3 yr 3 month old car I'd owned for one month.

After getting permission to import I had to pay 2,500 import duty. Roughly half it's value. I was told that they value the car using Glasse's guide but they never checked the mileage. At the time I imported my car the vehicle had to be less than 5 years old. If you have lived in TRNC, permanently, for more than one year they may not give you an import permit,



Tony



Hector


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Having imported a car, survived the hassle and the cost, I'd still say don't bother. Wait & buy one in NC. That also sees to be the consensus of opinion when this subject has been discussed before.



Calmperson


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20/09/2009 00:25

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Thanks Hector - but what if I can pick up a decent Land Rover Freelander for about 6000 and ship/drive it over........its got to be cheaper than buying one in TRNC - if I could find one - or not - I will bow to your better knowledge?



Calmperson


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20/09/2009 00:26

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That more like it - thanks Minertor (nice play on words - or can't you spell or are you lost in a maze or were you one of our amazing miners?).



First sentence - 'if it meets the criteria' - is there something published that we should check?



'After getting permission to import' - sounds like a red tape issue - do you have a time limit to do this - are there forms - people to pay?



Re the mileage - are you saying that its a good plan to bring in a lower than average mileage vehicle because they make no allowance for it in the valuation?



Do you know if there is a current rule about the age of the car - I'd hate to ship one over or drive it off a ferry for them to say "its 6 months older than it should be - take it back" !! Eeek.



Finally - are you saying its harder to bring a car in if you've already lived in TRNC?



Bearing in mind the time difference, I hope to hear from you in the morning. Breakfast in the sun ? I wish.



Regards

Vincent and Judy



catalkoykid


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http://www.trncproperty.eu/index.php?men=413&submen=372



catalkoykid


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http://www.e-kktc.com/index.php?men=3352



cyprusishome


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20/09/2009 12:04

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After 4 years of living here, buying car locally and then listening to all the potential problems of importing, the general concensus is above - Do not bother.



If a car is more than 5 years old you MUST have owned it since new.



Always remember that the tax you pay on importing a vehicle can change without notice ie it may be 60% today but 90% tomorrow etc. So on that alone you cannot budget effectively.



The general rule appears to be that the tax you pay is somewhere between 60% and 80% depending on the vehicle and the customs officer. then you have cost of getting it here.



Is it actually that cheap therefore to buy in UK compared to here??



cyprusjoker


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20/09/2009 12:09

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You can take any car, bike, lorry here as long as its been in your name for 5 years or more, doesnt matter how old it is, brought my batmobile over and thats 40 years old..



minertor



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Hi calmperson, can spell exceptionally well actually. Use to be a coal miner until mid 70's then moved up in the world and became a steel erector, working at heights.

"criteria" Not been here long then? always check, they change the laws here so often even the officials need to check for updates.

Import license; You take copies of just about everthing, including ins and outs, fill forms in etc.

My mate, lives at Lapta, bought an almost identical car as I did. His was one month newer with 12,000 miles on clock, cost 6250. Mine had over 100,000 miles on clock, cost 3850.

Olaytrans shipped mine over, my mate had his driven over. We went to the import place together, got our licenses then went to the revenue office. I had no problem, the car was checked but ignition not switched on so mileage didn't show, paid my money and drove off. When they checked my mates in and outs they asked him if he was permanent resident. When he said yes they told him to take his car home, cont.



minertor



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13 cont; park it up and not use it. I spend 5 months each year in UK. He eventually got an import license, both offices blaming each other. We both paid in the region of 2500 each.

A tip, take TL, if you pay in sterling the exchange they use is not favourable.



There's an English guy,Eddie, runs the shop at Ercan. If you're in your first year here, he'll give you 500 to import a car in your name.

The details go in your passport and I was told any further car import was restricted to new vehicles.

You could always import a classic.



Tony



judyr


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20/09/2009 13:19

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I do already own a car and have had it from new. it is a Peugeot 206cc. It will be almost 5 years old when I ship it over, next year. I am reluctant to sell it as it is immaculate and has done only 13,000 miles. It therefore has many years left yet despite the age. It is worth around 6500. Any idea what I will have to pay in import duty for such a car? (or will it be too old?)



joandjelly


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20/09/2009 13:59

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Judy as you are not ready to bring your car over yet, your best bet is to bring your log-book with you next time you are here and go to the Customs office in Lefkosa and ask them to tell you how much it will be. You cannot do any better than getting it from the horse's mouth although as Minertor has said, the rules change like the wind but at least you will have some idea.



cyprusjoker


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20/09/2009 14:03

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judyr, make sure it is over 5 years before you ship it, and not a day before.



this is sound advice..



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