Import Car Insurance
Contact us for insurance quotes on Japanese imports, other “grey” imports and parallel import cars
- Japanese, American and other Grey imports
- Parallel imports for cars built within the EU
- Left-hand drive model
- Modified imported cars
- Nissan Skyline
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
- Toyota, Mazda, Honda
For many car buyers, looking to import a car from abroad, especially Japanese models, can be a good way to save money. The import process isn't as complex as it once was, which has also boosted the trend to buy cars overseas.
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The cost of imported car insurance
Premiums for imported car insurance can be higher than for cars bought in the UK. For a start, spare parts might be more expensive to source for imported cars, which will push up the costs for your insurer in the event of a claim.
Another factor that could be reflected in the premium is whether an imported car is constructed to a different standard to a European model; for example it could be left-hand drive or built to a higher performance specification (which can leads to more accidents).
Imported car categories
These are vehicles that are built outside the EU and do not conform to European standards. Cars imported from Japan or America fall into this category. Grey imports are the most difficult to get insurance cover for, for the reasons stated above.
Any insurer considering providing cover on a grey import will ask for lots of details, so be armed with plenty of information when you approach them for a quote.
In addition, before your imported car is legal to drive on UK roads, the car must undergo a testing process called the Single Vehicle Approval Scheme.
These are cars manufactured inside the EU. Getting insurance for a parallel import is a simpler process, as vehicles within the EU often have to meet the same standards. Insurance is likely to be cheaper than for grey imports.