How it works

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HOW IT WORKS

After you make contact with us, we will discuss your requirements and then search for a vehicle that meets them all.  We search using online sources, our multiple contacts in UK and Europe and UK auction houses.  We will compare with NZ pricing and then advise where is the best place to source your car.  All of this is at no cost to you.  

We said before that the greatest cost savings are found on new and near-new vehicles from the UK that are VAT Qualifying and hence this is where we specialise.

What does VAT Qualifying mean?

Typically vehicle that are VAT Qualifying are ex-lease, company cars or ex-demonstrators.  If a vehicle is VAT qualifying the UK version of GST (VAT), can be claimed back when a car is exported out of the European Union.  As VAT is currently at 20% this obviously makes sense.  Our purchasing technique means you are invoiced less VAT + a small VAT funding fee.  In turn this means a lower GST bill when your car lands in NZ as GST is worked out as 15% of (invoice price of car + shipping).

Once we have found you the ideal vehicle, we work as your agent to manage the whole purchase and importation process then deliver the vehicle to your door NZ road-ready.  We work for a fixed service fee to do so.  That’s all you need to worry about really, however for those that like details scroll down the page and it’s all there.

WHY TRUST US

  • We are independent.

  • Our main UK buyer has over 30 years experience and exported over 4000 cars, motorhomes and caravans from the UK.  He has also been an electric car owner for years!

  • We are Autosure approved dealers and hence can provide their warranty and insurance policies.

  • Take a look at our testimonials and see why our clients decided to entrust us with their purchase.

Summary

UK IMPORT PROCESS

The details

Contact us

Contact us for a quick phone call.  Let us know as much information as possible about the vehicle you are searching for.  Perhaps you have already found a car or motorhome yourself? No problem, we can advise on final end cost and then handle the process from there.

Search

We search our multiple sources for your ideal car at the best price.  This is often the most time-consuming part of the process and yet is free of charge to you.

Short list of cars/motorhomes

We send you details for the best cars/motorhomes we have found along with the forecasted end price to get the car to your door using our Personal Import Method (you pay the suppliers directly and we act as your Agent to manage the whole process and work for a fixed fee).

Forecasted price includes:

The vehicle, VAT admin fee (when the vehicle is VAT Qualifying), customs fee UK, shipping via container, marine insurance, GST, MAF inspection, customs fee NZ, standard compliance, WOF, on road costs, updating satellite navigation to NZ maps, changing speedo to km/h where required, our service fee and delivery to your door (within reasonable distance of Auckland), other locations possible but may incur an additional cost.

If you need finance, no problem.  We will give you a Fixed Price instead, in this case we ask for a 20% deposit and remainder when the car lands in NZ.  As part of our transparency, we will tell you this is a more expensive way of purchasing as we need to add a margin to cover our cost of finance whilst the vehicle is on the ship.

Vehicle selection and due diligence

You select your vehicle and we then do the normal checks to ensure it is as advertised for example HPI check, request full specification, further photos or video and details of service history. We can also arrange a pre-purchase inspection if required (additional cost).  We deliberately source manufacturer approved used cars/motorhomes from main dealers wherever possible. 

Purchase

After you have chosen your vehicle we will arrange for you to be invoiced.  If it is VAT qualifying you will be invoiced less VAT (UK version of GST) + a nominal VAT admin fee. We advise that our clients use a service such as XE Money transfers for their international currency payments to ensure a great exchange rate and no fees when compared to a typical bank.

We realise you may be hesitant to send large amounts of money abroad.  Our method is tried and tested – thus nearly $20 million of our clients’ money has been transferred to our UK buyer successfully and using a company such as XE for the transaction offers additional security and confidence.

Shipping

After payment has been received, we arrange for your car to be delivered to our secure loading facility. It is then loaded into the next available container and shipped to NZ (Auckland or Christchurch) by McCulloughs.  If you have purchased a Motorhome, more than likely it will be shipped RORO (roll on roll off) instead as it will not fit into a container.  We discuss all these details with you and provide accurate costings.

McCullough logoWe have built an excellent relationship with McCulloughs: with over 20 years experience they are the leading international vehicle shipper in NZ so they were the perfect choice for us as our preferred shipping company.

We then provide an ETA and information to track your vehicle online in real-time, so you can count down the days to it’s arrival!  Typically it takes 8-10 weeks from purchase to arrival.

Car Compliance

When your car arrives, it is unloaded then inspected by MAF and customs.  You will then receive an invoice for shipping, marine insurance and GST.  Your car is delivered to our preferred compliance centre in Auckland or Christchurch.

In Auckland compliance checks are carried out by an AA certified inspector.

As most of the cars we import are near-new repairs are rarely needed.  However, if they are, the compliance centre will carry these out at a very competitive price.  Your car can also be serviced whilst it is at compliance.  Please ask for a quote.

When through compliance your car receives it’s WOF and is then ready for registration.

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Motorhome compliance and electrical/gas certifications

As for cars, we also manage the complicated compliance process for you including the WOF or COF as appropriate and the necessary gas and electrical safety checks.

Registration and additional services

We register the car or motorhome for you, then arrange for satellite navigation systems to be updated to NZ maps and speedos changed to km/h where applicable.   Almost all systems can be updated – but if it is not possible we would of course advise prior to purchase. 

At this stage we can also arrange for Euro style number plates, tow bars, paint protection coatings and upgrades such as window tinting, new alloys, new veneers and reversing cameras.  Just ask.  We have a long list of recommended suppliers and we will organize all this for you prior to delivery and at cost price i.e. trade rates.  

Delivery

We have your vehicle valeted and deliver it to your door, or your chosen destination.  We deliver nationwide.  Delivery within a reasonable distance of Auckland is included in our service fee.  A small additional cost will apply for other locations but all of this will be discussed at the beginning.

  • I was understandably apprehensive about handing over a lot of money to people I had no relationship with. My fears proved unfounded.  Sally and Lincoln carefully explained the process to me and what my expectations should be around cost, timing and service. They were prompt, professional and communicated well with me at all times. Most importantly, they delivered on all their promises. Lincoln even flew to Christchurch (where the car was being delivered) so he could make sure the car was OK, deliver it personally to me, shake my hand and thank me for my business. I thought that was a comprehensive touch.Adrian Januszkiewicz, Pernik Capital Limited, 2015 Audi A4 3.0 TDI All Road.

ONE STOP SHOP

 

We offer the following additional services to ensure your dream car is exactly as you want it.
Finance

Various finance and leasing options available including transit finance.  Please ask for latest details.

Warranties

We are Autosure Approved Dealers and as such can offer their mechanical breakdown insurance and car insurance.

Currency

We recommend HiFX for international money transfers as they offer bank-beating exchange rates and fee free transfers. 

Upgrades

Full car wraps, window tints, alloy dips, tow bars, in-car media systems, reversing cameras and more.  Just ask.

Euro Style Rego Plates

Choose a personalised plate, or a Euro style plate to add the finishing detail to your vehicle.

Paint Protection

Protect your car from stone chips, scrapes, UV and abrasion with a protective film or coating. Ask for a quote.

SOME OF OUR AFFILIATIONS AND TRUSTED SUPPLIERS

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  • (This car is)…the 2nd I have brought through Lincoln…I can thoroughly recommend European Car Imports. Great service, everything explained to you upfront, nothing hidden and whats more Lincoln loves cars so shared my enthusiasm the whole way…If you’re after a nice car def give Lincoln a call and compare.Paul Jancys, Financial Controller, Jaychem Industries. Porsche 997 (2011)

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