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(@njh23)
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Hi

I am moving to Portugal (Algarve) in August 2020 from Dubai and I would like to import my car, can anyone recommend an agent who can deal with all the paperwork in Portugal?

Also any further advice with importing a car would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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Hi @njh23

I have moved your post to give it more prominence.

I do not know an agent I can recommend in Portugal but assuming you intend to ship the car, I suggest it might be best to find a reputable freight forwarder in Dubai that specialises in car shipments. They will have an agent in Portugal and should be able to check out the requirements and advise you. I would tell them that you want a 'Customs Cleared' price with all duties and taxes paid and the car legally registered for use in Portugal. If you go ahead ahead with the shipment, also consider adding full insurance to the freight movement. 

There is a general section on Driving in Portugal on our site. You can view via this link:

https://expatsportugal.com/living-in-portugal/driving-in-portugal/

Also, you might be interested in this blog from one of our members:

https://expatsportugal.com/importing-a-car-into-portugal/

 

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards

Gerry 

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Hi  Njh23  

OK you want to import a Car. Who gave you the idea that the agent will take the papers and your car comes imported and you pay a fee.

You need Certificates of Conformity, you get those ideally English and Portuguese.

You go to the Consul and make a declaration that you are now resident in Portugal.

You go to the Customs to get the Forms that you need to get the car tested.

You take the car to be tested it's a special test and you have to go to the IPO test station that does the test..

Do you notice i keep saying YOU and how do i Know because i did everything that the agent had to do and i don't speak the language.

I went out one afternoon to find out from the Customs  i had to do to get my car legal. At 2.14pm the next day my car was legal.

If you use an agent you will do most of the work and pay about 500€. The agent will probably wait until he has a few to do and all he has to d is sign a few forms.

After you have done most of the work why not complete the task yourself.

First thing to do is find out your nearest Customs office and ask them what to do.

Peter

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@peterfc

Hi Peter can I just ask was it really not so difficult (and mega expensive) to get a car registered in Portugal after bringing it from the UK? 
We’re looking at making a move next year and because we know second hand cars are ridiculously expensive in Portugal we are toying with the idea of buying a left hand drive car whilst still in the UK. However I was reading a detailed article about importing and it seemed so complicated I ended up thinking it might be better just to pay a bit more and buy in Portugal 🥴. Even getting a certificate of conformity seemed like a headache.

Is it worth doing?

Many Thanks

Elaine  

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@peterfc

Hi Peter can I just ask was it really not so difficult (and mega expensive) to get a car registered in Portugal after bringing it from the UK? 
We’re looking at making a move next year and because we know second hand cars are ridiculously expensive in Portugal we are toying with the idea of buying a left hand drive car whilst still in the UK. However I was reading a detailed article about importing and it seemed so complicated I ended up thinking it might be better just to pay a bit more and buy in Portugal 🥴. Even getting a certificate of conformity seemed like a headache.

Is it worth doing?

Many Thanks

Elaine  

Yes Mega expensive for my car app 500 Euro so what part of 500 Euro is Mega expensive.

You contact the car manufacturer for Example Ford and you ask i need a Certificate of Conformity and they ask where you are moving to. I said Portugal and the guy at Vauxhall said that's OK the Fee is £96 please but i have heard that Ford don't charge but i can't confirm this for a fact.

You read a detailed article yes they make it sound bad. They have to have so many words in the article and cover every eventuality

If you can buy a LHD car in the UK do it

Lastly go to the Customs and they will tell you what you have to do.

Friends local to me went to an agent and after three months they still didn't have there car Legal. I went to the customs and at 2.14 pm the next day my car was legal thanks to the Customs.

Peter

 

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@peterfc 

Thank you Peter. Nice to hear from the horses mouth as opposed to the writers of the articles that scare the hell out of you. I think we'd certainly look at buying in the UK as the choice is much better price wise too.

 

Cheers

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  • @chocolate Hi there, we are in the middle of the Bay of Biscay on our nominal final voyage but... we bought (and adapted - for my disability - MOT'd and sent the paperwork to DVLA) a grey market import from Belgium. The idea was to register and insure it in UK, drive it to and in Portugal as a visitor for 6 months then matriculate it in Portugal. Needless to say, 6 weeks later, due to lockdown, it is still unregistered and sitting in the UK agents Yard, awaiting plates... Plan early!
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@andydoc thank you for that. Yes I think no matter what you do you have to plan early. We’re certainly collecting and collating a lot of helpful info which will help us decide which way to go once we’ve heard the Brexit announcement in December. 

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@peterfc @gerry

Sorry for the delayed response guys.

Thanks for the information, really helpful.

I am now in the Algarve and my car should be here by September, then it will be the next stage.

 

 

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@chocolate

Hi Elaine,

I am not 100% sure but I think you should have owned the car for something like 2 years before matriculation. Otherwise the taxes are much higher. I am sure @peterfc will know more about this.

Whilst cars are more expensive here, they do tend to hold their value. If you have not already seen it, a good website to see what you can buy for your budget is  https://www.standvirtual.com/

Regards

Gerry

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@gerry thank you Gerry. I read somewhere it was 6 months ownership before Matrículation but it could have been an old article but to be honest it did sound like a right chew on anyway and just buying over there was seeming more appealing 😂. I will look at the link you have posted though. 

Many Thanks

Elaine

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