Car import agency in France
Importing a car in France, or in any country as a matter of fact, can be rather complicated. When one doesn’t speak the language well, or not at all mess, this can become mission impossible. Can we contemplate availing the services of a car import agency in France? Definitely, since there are several companies specialized in vehicles import.
What services do car import agency in France offer?
It depends on what you exactly mean by “car import agency”. Do you want the company to simply take care of the logistics part of importing a car? Do you want the agency to take care of the car registration in France, included or not IVA (individual vehicle approval)? To find a company that offers an all in one package (find the car abroad, import and register it)? The good news is anything is possible. You will find businesses that are specialized in all those tasks. So whether you want to find a rare car from the United States, the United Kingdom or Japan, or just register the car you brought with you in France, you will find a way.
Shipping a car to France
If you simply want to ship a car from abroad to France, the best is to liaise directly with a transportation company. Typing those keywords in Google will help you identify the companies offering this kind of service. It can include customs clearance (846A certificate).
Registration of an imported car
If shipping is not an issue, you might want the assistance of a car import agency in France to register your vehicle. Indeed, the procedure can be complicated. If the car doesn’t have a European certificate of conformity (e-COC), it will have to go through an individual vehicle approval procedure. On top of a visit to your DREAL or DRIRE, you might have to go through extra tests at the UTAC.
Some companies are specialized in such dealings. They will ensure compliance of your car with French standards, and go through the procedures for you. For most American cars, it will cost around € 5,000 just for the approval (homologation). If you already have the documents but you don’t know how to submit your file to the ANTS, we can help. Our agency is specialized in local and imported cars registration. Email us for info or kicking off the procedure by clicking the button below:
Car import agency in France with “all in one package”
If you are considering buying a car that can almost be found abroad only, you will want to deal with a “mandataire importation”. They will act on your behalf to import the car, register it in some cases. Some companies are specialized in certain markets (vehicles with plates from Germany, United States, Japan, etc.). Others work all around the world. You might want to specify your criteria to narrow down the list of companies that can assist you. For example, if you want to import a car from Japan.
How much will I cost?
The subject is so vast that it’s impossible to say. We have a page regarding car registration costs in France, that provides information about the price of a registration itself. You will have to add on top of this homologation fees if no COC, duties if the car comes from outside the EU, etc. Don’t hesitate to send an inquiry to a car import agency in France before taking a decision, so you have a good idea of the costs before taking any commitment.