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mondeoman

posted on 22/5/17 at 08:23 PM Reply With Quote
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Hi guys I have moved to France and now that I am retired looking to build. They are totally anal over here abut car registration - no such thing as SVA - so not sure if I will be able to. Does anyone have experience/friends etc that could provide some information.
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AndyGT

posted on 22/5/17 at 08:50 PM Reply With Quote
Good evening!

Lived here in France for best part of 15 years and yes they are VERY bureaucratic and will not tolerate anything outside the norm. I brought over a Z3 a few years ago for a fun summer car. Had mega-problems because the tyres were 215 wide and not 205 as they should have been in the homologation papers (4 more revolutions per km) and therefore deemed unsuitable due to altering characteristics of brakes etc.. Took me months to sort out!!


Your best bet is to just buy a 2-seater car that can be homologated. Alternatively buy a cheap dutton "rework it" into a real sevenesque car and re-register it in France as a dutton. Classic cars over 30 years old aren't subject to the same controls as newer ones.

Hope this helps....

Andy





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Nickp

posted on 23/5/17 at 05:22 AM Reply With Quote
My Dad also lives in France so I know about all the bureaucracy that surrounds car registration etc!!
I wouldn't normally condone 'ringing' but tbh that might be your only option in France, ridiculous as it seems. Unless anyone else knows otherwise? I have a French car mate I could ask him if you like? Failing that I think you might be needing a 70/80's kit car logbook to register over there.
I might be in a similar position at some point down the line with my kit if I decide to move out there

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nick205

posted on 23/5/17 at 04:20 PM Reply With Quote
I think people have built their cars in France, but had them tested and registered in the UK before exporting them back to France. A bit of a faff, but it might be a way of doing it.
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Nickp

posted on 23/5/17 at 04:55 PM Reply With Quote
Pretty sure there was a French builder on here, he'll be the Mssr to parlez with
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AndyGT

posted on 24/5/17 at 11:17 AM Reply With Quote
The ONLY way is

1. Build it or buy it wherever you want.
2. Register it in the UK inc MOT and insurance.
3. Bring it over here.
4. Have a registered garage here and relevant insurance to drive any car.

There REALLY isn't any movement on this. I have done my homework and for the average person it is impossible. My example earlier about tyre sizes was to show you how strict they are. I would be happy to hear of another way but all my channels of enquiries lead to nowhere!! If a current kitcar manufacturer has a CoC for their plans and you make one of their cars and register it in UK before France I think you will be OK. Otherwise forget it unless you have several 100K to spend on homologation processes. Citroen do that for their rally cars but they have the capital.

Normal budget? Normal person? Normal Car!!





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David Jenkins

posted on 24/5/17 at 03:12 PM Reply With Quote
I think it's a tragedy - once upon a time the French were brilliant at off-the-wall mechanical design. Strange cars (even the first Citroens were very eccentric!), weird and wonderful light aircraft, and loads of other things.
Now they are tied up completely with rules and regulations - sad.


[Edited on 25/5/17 by David Jenkins]





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Mopple

posted on 24/5/17 at 06:32 PM Reply With Quote
Try contacting user voucht. He's a native French and has built a Haynes Roadster and registered it in Sweden. Recently he moved back to France and took the car with him.
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nick205

posted on 25/5/17 at 08:09 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AndyGT
The ONLY way is

1. Build it or buy it wherever you want.
2. Register it in the UK inc MOT and insurance.
3. Bring it over here.
4. Have a registered garage here and relevant insurance to drive any car.





That was my line of thought. I'm sure others have done similar too.

I guess it relies on having UK friends/family to stay with while you do it though.

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