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Importing a car
« on: June 22, 2008, 09:25:43 AM »
I''ve read that if you''re retired and living in Turkey you can bring a vehicle in and keep it here indefinitely.

Has anybody done this? What''s the paperwork involved?

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 06:13:13 PM »
When we were there in May an expat who has lived there for a number of years was just having to export the 4 wheel drive car he had driven over from England 6 months previously as he had been told he cannot keep it beyond 6 months. Needless to say he said it had been a very expensive mistake.

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008, 06:21:41 PM »
Hi Routemaster
As I understand it you can import a vehicle and retain it in Turkey - BUT you need to have a Residence permit for the period you want to keep it here - a bank bond etc etc and disposal would be a major problem
I know someone who has done it and they I think regret it - if you pm me you can have their phone number

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008, 06:31:45 AM »
We also know of someone who had their vehicle shipped out to Kalkan from Uk as they are now resident, apart from the hassle of the all the paper work etc as mentioned already, they also found the vehicle not up to the road conditions in the area thus causing damage, wear & tear.  The local repair people were unable to get the parts it required or adapt, it proved too costly so they had it shipped back home and bought new in Turkey.
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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008, 04:28:05 PM »
Does anyone know whether the procedures are simpler and the fees lower for cars (and personal effects too) if they are being imported by a Turkish citizen?  If so, Mrs Eniste might come in even more useful than usual.  She has long suffered with the immigration officers on departure from Turkey trying to charge her $50 to leave, even when going to the UK, where she had indefinite leave to remain, so I wonder whether there will be any difference.

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2008, 02:40:25 PM »
To import any car or vehicle is almost impossible and for good reason. It would be easy to make money every time you bought a Merc or BMW in Europe or the UK then drove her and sold it as the price of cars as you know is high especially 2nd hand ones. Turkey also borders some slightly "iffie" countries that in my view require strong border controls and if this means that you have to forsake your 525 for a Toyota then so be it. After all you can buy any model here there are plenty of 2nd hand and new cars on the web and new is only the same price as in the UK.

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008, 02:46:54 PM »
Thanks for this.  It just seemed to make all sorts of sense to bring my LHD Focus, bought in the Czech Republic in 2001, still with very low mileage and in good condition, to use in Turkey once we emigrate next year.  But what has good sense got to do with anything when there is duty to be charged!?

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2008, 05:44:49 PM »
Thanks for all the replies.

It''s not actually a car. It''s a Vespa 250GTS. £5.5k here with ABS. £3.8 secondhand. £2.3k in the UK secondhand with 2k on the clock.

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008, 05:46:44 PM »
And, John, I want it.

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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008, 09:13:36 PM »
Hi
When you know the answer, let me know! I also have a scooter I want to ship out!
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Re: Importing a car
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2008, 05:44:57 PM »
Hi Em1

No answer yet.

The bloke up the road (in Kalkan) has just bought a Vespa 250GTV. So theft is a possibility.

Anything below 150cc looks to be cheaper here than in the UK.
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