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Big Blue

Tomorrow....

... the day of collection.

Wednesday: the day of driving 1000kms home.

Not sure if I'm excited, nervous or filled with trepidation at the paperwork that will follow its arrival in the UK.

One thing I do know: I will set a benchmark for the first tank of fuel use.
Bob Sacamano

Could you just tell us which port you're coming back through so we can alert the Customs? Have a great trip!
Racing Teatray

You must also tell us your Autobahn v-max...

Good luck!!
TreVoR

Good luck.  When I imported my Volvo back in 2000 the paperwork was actually very easy.  I know it's a little different for used cars but the DVLA seem to be fairly efficient these days.
Humphrey The Pug

Must have missed something, what are you getting?
Martin

The paperwork may well be a pain, but I'm sure it will well worth it!  Enjoy.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Must have missed something, what are you getting?

In the words of John McEnroe "You cannot be serious!"

Another tripewriter is on the way
Alf McQueef

Awesome - enjoy! The day last year when I did a trackday in the midlands then picked up the XFR on the way home was a great day. Driving back across Europe will be amazing! I love driving abroad, and indeed must do more of it while I have this car. I hope the weather and traffic are kind to you!
PG

Have a great and safe trip. V-max report awaited. And check underneath for any illegals before entering the UK....
Frank Bullitt

Give it some beans!
Michael

Enjoy!
franki68

very cool car,enjoy !
Roadrunner

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Must have missed something, what are you getting?


Might be a 318d. Might not be...
Big Blue

I'll do a first drive report tomorrow but fuck me those export plates gave me some stress. I didn't leave Dachau until about 1400hrs and got home at 2345hrs.

Needless to say the car is ASTONISHING.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Did you eat a lot of bananas on your return journey, judging by the beast's nick-name ?
Nice Guy Eddie

Whats the need for export plates if the cars already registered in Germany?

I take it you can't just drive the car out of the country and register it in the UK then?
Big Blue

You tend to re-register cars as you change ownership because registration is localised. Cars don't have the UK "registration for life" in the rest of the EU. The last owner was from Ludwigshafen not Dachau so it would need to be registered anew.

The previous owner normally "deregisters" themselves to assure they are absconded of any blame for misdemeanours or liability for taxes and registration.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Big Blue wrote:
The previous owner normally "deregisters" themselves to assure they are absconded of any blame for misdemeanours ...

Such as the new foreign owner "enjoying" the performance
Big Blue

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
The previous owner normally "deregisters" themselves to assure they are absconded of any blame for misdemeanours ...

Such as the new foreign owner "enjoying" the performance


Yeah. I'm the registered owner at my home address now so had to behave in France.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Hope you had your two breath testers too
Big Blue

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Hope you had your two breath testers too


 Just like most French people I had completely forgotten that bollocks.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

At the end of a staggeringly drunken night recently, a friend and I decided to put the French breath testers to the ... er ... test. She was borderline OK to drive, and I wasn't that far over.
Big Blue

Yeah, I'm reckoning that the French DD threshold is somewhat different to the UK one.  

Gendarme: "Can you tell me where you live"
Suitable response to carry on driving "Up there on a hill. Ish."
Response leading to confiscated keys: "My god, you're beautiful"
PG

Rural Ireland used to be pretty good too in that respect. Twenty years ago, me, two other guys and one girl rolled out of the local pub at 11pm and got into a UK registered car. Right in front of the local Garda, who we had not spotted. His comment? "You people take care on the way home now".  

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