Buying a UK Van to use in portugal

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    Chris
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    We are planning our move to Portugal and are looking at buying a van to help with our move. Once moved I would want to hang on to the van. Will I be liable to any taxes to change from UK registration to Portuguese. Thank you very much

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    Steve
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    In short yes. If you’re planning on becoming a PT resident, you’ll need to import the car into Portugal and switch the van over to PT plates.

    Most people import cars and this can be tricky. I would actually get in touch with an agent for a quote in advance to find out how much you should expect to pay in ISV tax. There is an exemption period for new residents if you do it within a specific timeframe. Not sure if it applies to vans.

    I don’t think you can not import it if you’re a resident so that’s not an option. The only other option would be selling it for scrap or finding someone going back to the UK who wants one.

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    Steve
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    Don’t forget about the differences between RHD and LHD as well. Driving a RHD in Portugal is possible in a car but would probably be difficult in a van without a rear view mirror.

    There are lots of places that sell LHD cars in the South East. Not seen many vans but worth a look.

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