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    Default Exporting car to Thailand

    Hi all, is it very complicated to ship a car to Thailand? It's an early mini R50 I don't use it much but it's a car I would like to keep hold of, this would be a personal import/export. Just wanted to know if there are any pitfalls in shipping a vehicle to Thailand.
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    Don't bother not only is it a minefield to do, its not worth the effort. It will cost you a fortune. How ever much you think it will cost, triple it then double it lol

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    I can agree with jimmbo, I looked in to bringing my XT600E to Thailand and gave it up as a bad job and sold it

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    Agreed, I have a classic BMW that I really don't want to lose but I looked into this and found the import tax and registration costs way too expensive. Import tax runs at around 200% based on their valuation and I'm told that registration alone is now 100,000 baht.

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    Bloody hell!! Looks like the mini will be staying in the uk....would probably have got shaken to bits on the roads anyway....thanks for the replys gents
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    I thought that if you put it in the wife's name and she had "owned" it for 18 months then she could ship it back tax free, that's what I planned on doing come the fantastic day I head over permanently with a reasonably new Merc.

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    I have heard of that as well so long as your wife has lived overseas not as a tourist for a year and can prove that. However there is still a load of paperwork to do prior to exporting the car. For one you need an import permit. The car doesn't fall under used household goods of a person returning to Thailand. Then after it has arrived and the paper work is presented to Thai customs it is then THEY decide if there is any duty or tax to be paid. I am not a betting man but .......

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    Used cars are pretty expensive in Thailand so can't see you importing your UK car cheaply, others Would've done it to make a quick buck , but can't remember seeing any Westerners selling used cars.
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    Makes you wonder how Thais can afford to buy cars. We looked into buying one for the wife's sister when her mother was sick, 100,000 THB for clapped out 25 year old Toyota, a car that would go for less than 200 quid over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel&panada View Post
    I thought that if you put it in the wife's name and she had "owned" it for 18 months then she could ship it back tax free, that's what I planned on doing come the fantastic day I head over permanently with a reasonably new Merc.
    I have always believed that too but I've never met anyone who's done it.

    If you read the regulations in English it says something like 'if you have lived abroad for more than 18 months you are allowed to import one car that has been registered on your name during that time'. What is doesn't say is tax free. I have always believed this is some kind of mistake or something got lost in the translation because that's not a concession at all - you can always bring a car in as long as you pay tax on it.

    Bar stool talk within Thailand says that some people's wives have tried and been told they have to pay tax - the car was either forfeited or sent back. As I say, that's just bar stool talk though - I've never come across anyone who's done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elad View Post
    Makes you wonder how Thais can afford to buy cars.
    I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of 'hi-so's' pay their import tax in a brown envelope. Either that or they're raving mad - imagine the import duty on a £150,000 Merc? and there's a lot of unofficially imported Merc's around. Mind you, in country where 'Face' is everything, maybe some do pay?

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    there was a thing a couple of years back about it, the Hi-so's were paying students studying in the UK to register a car in their name and then ship it back at the end of study because were driving on the same side, it was high end stuff like BMW, Merc, Astons, Bentley's etc, cant remember where I saw the story might have been BBC because it specifically mentioned they wanted them from the UK and not Europe for previously mentioned reasons. To be honest I thought I had stumbled on my early retirement plan a 5 or so years back when I saw the quite stupid prices that western cars fetch second hand over there, a Rover 75 asking nearly £15,000. But when I looked into it they have banned the import of second hand cars into the country due to large numbers of old cars being shipped from Japan that were total death traps which I think is a bit of an oxymoron looking at a lot of the stuff driving around especially up in Issan. the only exceptions I could find were the returning Thai route or shipped stripped down as parts. Now looking at doing it the other way round due to the Thai's dislike of anything old, classic cars are really cheap.

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    It appears from reading that Bangkok Post article that the tax concession for a vehicle owned by returning Thais does exist. I always thought the regulation in English was missing a few words - like 'tax free'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elad View Post
    Makes you wonder how Thais can afford to buy cars.
    From what I can gather its what they can pay each month not the car itself.
    I know some one who bought a PCX bike because she could afford the 10000 per month with no deposit. Paid more than 40,000 in interest. I suggested waiting 2 months save the 20,000 as a deposit and reduce the interest considerably or better still buy a second hand one. If looks could kill.

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    Mrs cousin came round the other day, she's just bought a new (2018) Honda City (in white) a Bonny looking car, just needs a Newcastle United sun-strip to cap it off.
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