How I Imported my Lancia Ypsilon

11 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on How I Imported my Lancia Ypsilon

Ever to buy a Lancia Y (Ypsilon) but thought you could not due to the demise of Lancia in the UK. Well, yes you can!

Alerted to Dutch prices after an on the Top Gear programme, I investigated into buying a car in Holland and it back to the UK. Holland is particularly for a number of reasons:

Taxes on new in Holland add up to 44% (and 59% for the optional To keep the cars affordable to the the importers and manufacturers set the tax free a lot lower than it would be in the UK. As we are in the EEC, we get to buy the car in Holland tax free and pay VAT when importing to the UK

Most people speak English to a enough level to do business them

Holland is near for most people in the UK to fetch car in a single day

The pound has risen 13% the guilder in the last 12 months making the car cheaper still

Next problem – how to a dealer in Holland. If you already a Lancia, you may have a worldwide list tucked in with handbook. Alternatively you could Fiat HQ in Italy (00 39 11 685 1111) and ask for the location of dealers in Holland.

If you Internet access, a list of is available from the Lancia web site (

In my case, I a dealer in Amsterdam (coincidentally a place to visit for a weekend collecting the car) via the Internet, and telephoned them. They more than happy to my business, went through all the extras available and faxed a to me within a day. The car would be with all export paperwork in Holland, ready for driving

Presumably if you were not too particular colour and specification, a car might be from stock (Lancia are quite low in Holland so the dealers do not large stocks of unsold in which case you could take delivery in a couple of However, being more if you are individual enough to want a Y, no doubt you will want one to own specification.

The choice is stunning. There are 4 a 1.1, a 1.2 8v, a 1.4 12v and a 1.2 16v. There are 3 levels (LE, LS and LX) and 3 interior available (cloth, alcantara and If you order the 8 valve 1200 you can from 5 speed, 6 speed and CVT Oh, I nearly forgot – to Kaleidos, they come in 110

It gets worse – market the car as more upmarket the Fiat Punto on which it is so the option list includes sunroof, air conditioning, ABS and leather and there are also a whole of dealer fit options available as including fitted car cover, racks for boxes, skis, and even a wooden steering to match the dashboard.

To help choosing the colour, my dealer me a colour chart. Experience has that it is difficult getting a idea of how each colour look from a 1 x 2 cm sample, but get an idea. The colour chart suggests coordinating trim (which may be different depending on the material chosen) which help you avoid a coordination

So, with the help of the dealer, you arrived at a final specification for car. What next? In the of my salesman, you send us a deposit and you wait a long time!

The deposit in question was 5000 (around Ј1500), based on a price of 29000 guilders for a specced 1.2 16v LX, which I got wired to their bank. This had the both of speed and also the rate given was better the quoted tourist rate for or travellers’ cheques. A long translated to around 14 weeks for to Holland, and a couple of weeks to get the sorted.

To export a car from a set of temporary export plates by the letter combinations BN or GN) are issued. this can be done, the car is physically by the ADV (Dutch equivalent of DVLA) to the car is the car on the paperwork, and Dutch Customs then to authorise the issue of the plates by the ADV. It is this causes the delay of a couple of before the car can be exported.

When the car at the dealer, I got a fax informing me of this, with a final invoice for the outstanding. I also received by fax a for customs to complete with of my address etc. and to return with a copy of my passport to that indeed I was not a Dutch and would be exported the car.

The big day arrived. Jump on a plane to (for the not so seasoned travellers you, it might work out to buy a return ticket coming another day, and not use the return than to buy a single ticket) and was met at the by the dealer (another advantage of Amsterdam – a dealer further away in Holland expect you to make your own way My car was in the workshop area (it was a Saturday lunch when I arrived)

It was spotlessly prepared, the dealer through the usual acclimatisation of etc. and then it was time to home. Calais is about 230 from Amsterdam, but it is motorway road all the way and so can be done fairly (even allowing for ‘running-in’). tickets can be purchased on arrival at Le (I imagine the same holds for ferries and hovercraft), and just 8 after leaving Amsterdam, I was at with my new car.

You simply it into the UK – no need to it to Customs on entry – and home.

You are legally required to HM Customs Excise, within a of bringing your car into the UK, by them form Appendix D in VAT Notice 728 (Motor vehicles, aircraft; intra – EC by private persons) – it is to have ordered this in advance – and enclosing the invoice, temporary Dutch log and proof of your return into UK (ferry/train ticket You will be assessed for VAT at 17.5% of the price of the car, including as shown on your invoice, and you have 30 days from the of assessment to pay this. You must the VAT receipt until the vehicle is 6 old, passing it on to any new owner if you before 6 years is up.

To get the car registered in the UK (alas you are legally to do this), you will need V55/5 (order from in advance) which you will to your Local Vehicle Centre along with the log book, the VAT receipt from and of course, a cheque for Road licence. By return you will be of your UK registration number, for you will then purchase The Road Fund licence is to the day of entry into the UK.

Servicing and are not a problem. A number of Fiat in the UK have been appointed by UK to act as Lancia Service Parts Any of these can get parts for the Y – in the CD-Rom containing parts for the range includes the Y with for the parts.

As the car is mechanically similar to a Fiat all the service items are the same and can be carried out by the dealer with no The warranty on all cars purchased in the EEC is EEC the 12 month unlimited mileage applies in UK just as if you had bought the car Left hand drive is you will be used to by the end of your week – and when it’s nice to get out on the pavement rather than wait for a gap in the

Of course, you don’t have to buy a Y. Any of the range of Lancias can be bought in way, and at prices much than their competitors in the UK. If you are enough to be able to convince company to let you have a Lancia as company car, then the used for your tax assessment is which you have paid VAT) meaning you get a better car for tax code assessment.

If you are interested in your own Lancia in this and need further details or email Importing Lancias .

information about the Ypsilon can be at the Official Lancia site.

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