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I enjoy driving our little Fiat 500e over in California and feel one of these would make a perfect runabout when we are over in the UK. Most of the non EV parts are standard Fiat 500 so in theory it shouldn't be too expensive to maintain standard wear items, tyres, brakes, wipers etc. Some inexpensive reliable Fiat 500e 2013 models here in California can be found for less than $5000. Looking at the cost to ship from the US to the UK should be less than $1000 according to : How Much Does Shipping a Car Overseas Cost? - CostHelper

Once this pandemic has declined, I'm sorely tempted to buy another 500e then pack up our current 500e for the UK but not sure about the current UK car inspection requirements. Looking at the VAT impact it should be zero as it has been owned by us outside the EU (if that even matters anymore) for almost two years. Essentially everything except the drive train and some of the trim is standard Fiat 500 especially safety elements so I would think there would be no additional inspection items required?

Here's an example of a 2016 500e for $5991 https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/828502330/overview/

Any thoughts - or am I totally crazy?
 

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I enjoy driving our little Fiat 500e over in California and feel one of these would make a perfect runabout when we are over in the UK. Most of the non EV parts are standard Fiat 500 so in theory it shouldn't be too expensive to maintain standard wear items, tyres, brakes, wipers etc. Some inexpensive reliable Fiat 500e 2013 models here in California can be found for less than $5000. Looking at the cost to ship from the US to the UK should be less than $1000 according to : How Much Does Shipping a Car Overseas Cost? - CostHelper

Once this pandemic has declined, I'm sorely tempted to buy another 500e then pack up our current 500e for the UK but not sure about the current UK car inspection requirements. Looking at the VAT impact it should be zero as it has been owned by us outside the EU (if that even matters anymore) for almost two years. Essentially everything except the drive train and some of the trim is standard Fiat 500 especially safety elements so I would think there would be no additional inspection items required?

Here's an example of a 2016 500e for $5991 https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/828502330/overview/

Any thoughts - or am I totally crazy?
If you want an EV runabout in the UK, plenty of used Zoe's to choose from.
 

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Crazy! perhaps a bit too much time in that Californian sun.

A car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, will not make a convenient city runabout!
Not to mention and shipping costs and import duties will probably cost the same as several monthly car payments
 

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Well plenty of Chevys and Mustangs get imported with no trouble. You just need to get an estimate of taxes and duties from a shipping company. There are specialists around who can handle all the paperwork to import.

I wouldn't worry about the steering wheel on the other side - you get used to it.

But after all the cost, it might be cheaper and easier to get a Zoe/VW eUp or similar. As suggested above.

Or wait until Fiat release the new e500 in the UK, with some good PCP deals.
 

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Crazy! perhaps a bit too much time in that Californian sun.

A car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, will not make a convenient city runabout!
Not to mention and shipping costs and import duties will probably cost the same as several monthly car payments
Really? It’s a Fiat 500, not a Range Rover, what problems do you forsee with it being LHD?!
 

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Sounds like a great idea, until you have an issue with the HV system and there is no one in the UK who has ever see one before... that would be my worry

So if you are the adventurous sort and don't mind the odd headache you will have a cheap and fun city runabout.

Like that car and want to keep it, do it, I had a mate who emigrated to Australia in the 80s and he took his beloved Daimler Sovereign Coupe there with him, the price I recall was higher than you are paying now! Bloke from work went to Australia a few years ago and took his RS4 with him exactly for the same reason.
 

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As it will be permanently imported it will have to be fitted with UK legal lights which may or may not be cheap to do. I know someone who got badly stung by this with a Jaguar which he though would save him money over UK prices but ended up being more expensive. I think there is also an import duty to pay unless it is over a certain age.
 

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Import duty will be the biggest problem I reckon. Unless there’s some kind of exemption for bringing over your own personal car (which I doubt).
 

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When importing a car from the America to the UK, you can do so completely tax free if you have owned the car for at least six months and have lived outside the EU for over 12 months.

If these criteria don’t apply then cars built in the EU are subject to £50 duty and 20% VAT, based on the amount you paid for the car, with those built outside of the EU coming in at 10% duty and 20% VAT.

Most cars that are over 30 years old will qualify for 5% import VAT and no duty when being imported, providing they haven’t been significantly modified from their original use and are not intended to be your daily driver.
 

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As it will be permanently imported it will have to be fitted with UK legal lights which may or may not be cheap to do. I know someone who got badly stung by this with a Jaguar which he though would save him money over UK prices but ended up being more expensive. I think there is also an import duty to pay unless it is over a certain age.
It’s still a Fiat 500. I understand they are sold in the UK.
 

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Indeed, note the bit above, given you were thinking of purchasing a second one, you really need to make sure it is going to fulfill the ownership criteria.

Biggest change at the back is a fog light, and not sure if the headlamps need replacing once you bring it over, but given the parts are likely shared with the UK 500 it should be easy enough to source them.
 

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Do it!

There are lots of pros and cons here, but I expect that the reason you want it is more to do with the heart than the head. The main question for me would be if you have the time to do the research and paperwork etc, but it is a fun project and one that could be interesting.

p.s. Fancy bringing one over for me ;) Sounds perfect for bombing round town.
 

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Really? It’s a Fiat 500, not a Range Rover, what problems do you forsee with it being LHD?!
roundabouts, lane changes, an increased chance on quiet roads that you might drive on the wrong side of the road, increased insurance costs, that reflect both increased collision risk and potential difficulty obtaining parts a fewer authorised repairers...

What advantages does bringing it over give you opposed to sourcing a local car?
 

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Would it be considered rude to point out that Fiat are now taking orders for a much improved 500e to Europe & the UK for the 2021 model year?

 

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Is it $5000 plus importation costs? or will it be more expensive than that?

So for an extra 20k you can have much improved..... I am assuming range, how much would that be per mile of additional and possibly un needed city car range.
 
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