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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:19 pm 
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Hi all, looking to head over to rent for 6 months with a view to buy.

I'm about the purchase a new car in the UK and thinking if I should get a left-hand drive and the tax implications of buying a diesel.

Like over in the UK, does the mpg outway the cost of owning a 2010 2ltr diesel?

Any help or guidance would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:27 pm 
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Diesel is still a fair bit cheaper here than Petrol but we seem to be getting told that Diesel fumes are now a bad thing and we should be moving back to petrol or away from it all together and on to Hybrid and all Electric.

If a move outside UK is definite then choose a LHD but why buy it in the UK ? Buy in Germany or Belgium where they are way cheaper, go for something about a year old and save yourself a bundle. Import into PT is not that hard to do and not that expensive.

Example... Friends just bought a 2017 Range Rover Evoque. Portuguese price for a new car €62k (with their chosen extras admittedly) Price of 1 year old car with same spec in Germany €33k - cost of import €8.5k other costs (delivery, inspection, plates, fees €1k). They chose one with 5500kms on the clock and it looks like it came out of the showroom. A saving of €20k and even in 3/4 years, as a Portuguese vehicle it will still be worth more than the value they paid so zero depreciation during that time.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:49 pm 
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Thanks for the reply

Maybe ill just get a cheap car for 6 months to keep me going until I'm 100% of the next plans.

I did also look at a long term rental...

If we were bringing the car in for 6 months would we have to pay tax?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:24 am 
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ECoughtrey wrote:
> Thanks for the reply
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> Maybe ill just get a cheap car for 6 months to keep me going until I'm 100%
> of the next plans.
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> I did also look at a long term rental...
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> If we were bringing the car in for 6 months would we have to pay tax?

Hi

Why buy and bring a car here and pay the tax when you can import it tax free.

You need to have any car registered at your home address for at least 12 months. You need proof via bills Gas, Electric., Internet and the more the better.

The cost to import a car tax free when i did mine was a little under 500€ this covered all charges and fees.

The place to start is the local Customs department where you will get the forms you need to fill in. Get from the car maker a Certificate of Conformity in both English and Portuguese.

Don't be put out by the language at the Customs i went to they had staff who spoke English. After getting the forms from Customs i went out the next morning and by 2.14pm that afternoon my car was legal.

Since i got my car made legal in Portugal there may have been some changes to the procedure but none i am aware of.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:50 pm 
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Do you know if to import a car tax free you have to be RESIDENT in Portugal ?

Or is it sufficient to own a place, as I do, and have a Número Fiscal, as I also do ?

( I have a little Clio which I could make better use of in Portugal ~ I think it's 1.6 litres engine , petrol. 2006 first registration in UK .)


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