This is my first query, so be gentle!
I’m 72 and determined to retire and live in France really soon. I have a property in mind to buy but it needs renovation and I have decided to buy a cheap motorhome to live in while I make the property habitable.
My question is about the vehicle. OK, hang on! I have limited funds so am looking for a bargain. I have found a 1988 left hand drive motorhome which was originally registered and used in UK. Evidently, it was taken to France in 2004 and properly registered in France. However, the vehicle was brought back to UK a couple of years ago, has been in storage over here - but it looks like the owner hasn’t re-imported it officially to UK. The seller (here in UK) says it is still on French registration documents.
It still appears on the DVLA website as ‘untaxed’ since 2004. It wears French registration plates.
Now, my question is: assuming the vehicle has not been ‘taxed’ in France (or whatever is required for a French registered vehicle which is kept off the road for a number of years), what will be the legal situation in France if I drive it back. I’m not too concerned about the UK situation since I could transport it to an English ferry terminal. It’s what happens at the French port (and onwards) that I need to know.
On another point, it is a 2.5 litre diesel! I have heard there are new regulations for city use? My main use would be countryside driving as I intend to live in a village in Vienne.
Grateful for any advice,