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Bonjour! Advice on car registration please!

Post by Jane O'Flynn » Sun 22 Apr 2018 10:22

Hello to all,
Delighted to have found this site!
We have a house in Le Barcares for the past 13 years and enjoy Summers there every Year as soon as kids finish School. We are hoping to bring our Irish car to France and re-register it. However, I hear it's very time consuming and difficult and I don't know where to start. Any suggestions? Or is it recommend to just buy a French car?

Bon journee!
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Post by Kate » Sun 22 Apr 2018 11:18

Hi Jane. Exciting times ahead! Here are a couple of articles which may give you some tips although one
is the middle of being updated.Some bits of it might still be useful to you though. Very best of luck.
https://anglophone-direct.com/ registering-british-car-in-france/

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Bonjour! Advice on car registration

Post by Sue11 » Sun 22 Apr 2018 18:59

We did this last year and it did require some perseverance! You no longer need to go to the préfecture to re-register, if you go to your local mairie they will give you a form which lists all the different pieces of paper required. You then gather all of these and take them back to the mairie and they will calculate the charge to register the car in France. Once you have paid that to them they send the whole package off to Perpignan and the carte grise will be posted to you. Nb you will need to get the French equivalent of an MOT, called a Controle technique, which only needs to be done every 2 years.

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Post by Jane O'Flynn » Sun 22 Apr 2018 21:43

Hi Kate & Sue,
Thank you both so much for the information. I didn't know where to start!
I can now get going on it, hope to be driving French reg car soon, well French soon!

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Post by martyn94 » Mon 23 Apr 2018 23:27

Just to be contrary, it might be worth thinking about selling your RHD Irish car in Ireland, and buying a roughly equivalent LHD French-registered car here. Subject to anyone else’s experience, you will not find it easy to shift an RHD French-registered car either here or in Ireland when you eventually want to part company, and it is marginally preferable to have an LHD car here sooner rather than later. But since I don’t know anything about the car or your plans, this may all be nonsense.

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Post by Jane O'Flynn » Tue 24 Apr 2018 00:46

Hi Martyn,
Thank you for your post. Yes, we had thought of that too but Irish car has very little mileage and it's a seven seater. Having looked at French car prices it's probably better for us to use this car in France until it dies! We would not get a great price for it in Ireland anyway.
Good to look at all options though and great to have other ideas to weigh up.
Thanks again!

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Post by Gus Morris » Tue 24 Apr 2018 10:08

Research in the UK, where the percentage of LHD vehicles is greater than you might think, shows that they have a better safety record than the "normal" RHD, This is because drivers tend to be more cautious. Another plus is that, when driving on your own, when you park you step straight on to the kerb. Which is why the US postal service uses RHD vans. RHD cars can be a bit of a pain when driven solo on the autoroutes. Because, unlike Japan, the French don't have lanes specifically dedicated to vehicles with the steering wheel on the "wrong" side. A telepeage card solves this problem. At a price.

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 24 Apr 2018 15:08

[quote="Gusâ€￾] At a price.

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But quite a moderate one. There is usually one or other of the autoroute concessionaires which is giving the gizmos away, and they generally have a tariff which charges €1.50 a month or so (on top of the tolls), but only in the months you use it. In a truly competitive market, they would be paying you.

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Post by Allan » Tue 24 Apr 2018 16:39

I agree with Martyn, the cost of Telepeage is trivial compared to the advantages. It always amazes me that so many people are prepared to queue up and faff around with coins or credit cards just to save a very small sum.

It is just a pity that there are so few car parks that accept them for payment, I believe there is only one in Perpignan.

As well as autoroutes, car parks are the other big nuisance with right hand drive cars.

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Post by martyn94 » Tue 24 Apr 2018 17:57

Allan wrote:I agree with Martyn, the cost of Telepeage is trivial compared to the advantages. It always amazes me that so many people are prepared to queue up and faff around with coins or credit cards just to save a very small sum.

It is just a pity that there are so few car parks that accept them for payment, I believe there is only one in Perpignan.

As well as autoroutes, car parks are the other big nuisance with right hand drive cars.
I rather enjoy it when a Porsche Cayenne (or something equally ugly) which has stormed past me an hour before the péage storms past again an hour after the péage because they stopped to pay and I didn’t. Though it’s wonderfully annoying when the queues for the pay booths get so long that you just can’t reach the “Tâ€￾ lanes on the LHS, which are just sitting there, twiddling their thumbs.

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registering your Irish car in P.O. ?

Post by rhys » Tue 12 Jun 2018 11:55

Just wondering : did you manage it yet ? The re registering business ?

If you managed it I would be v interested to learn what steps you went through , in stages.

It's something I tried to do about ten years ago and, to cut a very long story short, ended up giving up on, after many hours and days traipsing hither and yon.

Does anyone even offer to do this for you, at a price ?

It does make me wonder : what exactly is the EU and its famous harmonization all about, if a car which has gone through all those hoops, safety and whatever, wise, in a member country, and which can be driven legally for up to six months of a year, cannot be re registered 'just like that' as Tommy Cooper would have said ?

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Re: registering your Irish car in P.O. ?

Post by martyn94 » Tue 12 Jun 2018 15:35

rhys wrote:Just wondering : did you manage it yet ? The re registering business ?

If you managed it I would be v interested to learn what steps you went through , in stages.

It's something I tried to do about ten years ago and, to cut a very long story short, ended up giving up on, after many hours and days traipsing hither and yon.

Does anyone even offer to do this for you, at a price ?

It does make me wonder : what exactly is the EU and its famous harmonization all about, if a car which has gone through all those hoops, safety and whatever, wise, in a member country, and which can be driven legally for up to six months of a year, cannot be re registered 'just like that' as Tommy Cooper would have said ?
“How many battalions has the European Commission?â€￾ as someone once said about the Pope. They can do their best, but French bureaucrats are French bureaucrats. It can be done: I have done it both ways, but too long ago to give you useful advice. The web is stuffed with step-by-step guidance. Courage.

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