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Hitting the Road; Removal of Cars to France

Mar 22. 2019

We operate services to and from all regions and departments of France on a weekly basis and have over 35 years of experience of moving classic cars into and out of France, as well as entire household contents. We also offer a part load service for those that wish to transfer just a car whether drivable or a non-runner.

It is important to appoint a reputable removals firm to give professional guidance on how the move of a vehicle could be planned right from the collection stage in the UK to delivery to your new residence in France (or vice-versa), as well as providing a realistic quotation, which will include full removal insurance.

An experienced removal company will arrange collection and delivery of motor vehicles to be transferred in road trains (a vehicle with a boxed trailer) or via a recovery vehicle, although this method will cost more.

In what instance would a car need to be transported rather than driven to destination?
It is essentially the customer’s preference. Some customers simply don’t want to drive their own vehicle through France or incur the wear and tear on the vehicle. In the case of a classic car, for example, it might be more advisable to not drive it such a distance. Sometimes customers don’t want to expose the vehicle to inclement weather conditions.

For the transport does the petrol tank needs to be completely emptied?
The tank needs to be as low as possible but not entirely empty as the vehicle still needs to be driven into and out of the trailer. The customer would need to run it down.

Does anything else travel with the vehicle in a boxed trailer?
The car would be on its own and strapped down with ‘ratchet straps’.

Once the vehicle has been de-registered in the UK, it can then be re-registered in France, but must conform to the French road standards. This process varies depending on the make, age and country of origin of the vehicle.

For any further information on the moving of household effects or vehicles to France, take a look at our dedicated France page or contact us on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk

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