We recently moved over to the Charente and we have a couple of UK registered vehicles to import to France. we are quite attached to the vehicles so don't want to sell them ideally. One is a VW Passat Tdi estate and the other is a VW T4 Transporter. We are currently back in the UK visiting friends and family and also picking up the Passat, as we moved down in October last year with only the T4.
We have been doing research and understand the process for importing a vehicle to France. We have applied for Certificate of Conformity for both vehicles and are awaiting those. The problem we have is that the tax and MOT on both vehicles will run out at the end of this month, and rather than getting new UK MOT's and paying for 6 months tax on each we want to bring them both over at the end of the month, put them on French insurance and put them both through a French CT as soon as we get back.
Obviously we will also notify the DVLA that both the vehicles are being exported to France so we won't get done for not renewing our road tax!!
However, there seems to be a delay in getting a response from VW France on whether or not I will be able to get a full Certificate of conformity for the VW T4 as it is an older vehicle??
Can anyone tell me if I can take my VW T4 van for a French CT test without having the Certificate of Conformity?
I realise I will need the CoC later on in the import process, but is it possible to get a French CT test done using the V5C?
Or would I be better off paying for another UK MOT and 6 months tax and putting the van on temporary French insurance until I find out if I will get a full CoC from VW France? If I only get a partial CoC from VW France then I need to take my van for an independent inspection for which the cost is around €2000, so therefore prohibitive. In that scenario I would be forced to sell it.
Can anyone advise?