I will be arriving into the Fayence area come the middle of October. I will be renting for 6 months. I will be bringing my UK registered car that will have a fresh MOT. Can anyone advise as how best to insure it and will my UK tax disc cover me? Is there any other conditions or quirky must haves that I will need account for? Thanks
If you reside in France for six months or more, you are considered a permanent French resident, and as such you will have French register your car. You have to start this process within one month of arriving here.
You can get temporary French insurance whilst awaiting the completion of the registration process. You can read about how to register your car on the info on AngloInfo.
As mentioned on previous postings your car will be covered by EU law third party anyway (check with your insurer). Or you can get an annual green card (comprehensive cover) through Stuart Collins (find on google). Only way to get breakdown cover is also through them or AA Europe cover I have found. No prob at all to keep a UK car here for that period of time completely unnesscessary to re register it in my opinion! No one here who stays for short period does that at all, long term best to buy a French car, most do.
Fir the length of time, ie 6 months, it's not worth importing the car into France, in any case if you go to Italy for a short break & come back, the time of arrival is when you arrive back in France.
As for a CT, no it is not valid for a UK registered car, it must be an annual MOT, which is ever so slightly different. Yes you can insure a UK car in France, but despite the insurance company's claims, it is still not possible to use this insurance cover to get UK road tax.
So the best bet for this enquiry is to ensure that the car has an MOT which covers the period, plus UK insurance & road tax.
PS French authorities can now trace UK reg cars that are being driven around in this country without UK road tax, including those that have been SORNed.
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