Re-registering a UK car in Italy
As promised, a post that may be helpful to others. We bought a LHD UK reg car last year and are now trying to re-register it here. Fingers crossed we are all sorted now but we have had to jump a hurdle which we had not anticipated. Coincidentally the car had previously been Italian and then exported to the UK. Seems that the Italian process for exporting a car is much more onerous than in the UK. You must send back the actual targhe together with the carta di circolazione and €100 to the Italian equivalent of the DVLA in Rome who will then issue a document to confirm the export of said vehicle. The DVLA back in the UK should have waited for this document before registering it onto UK plates - which they didn't. Seems the targhe etc never arrived so as far as the Italian authorities are concerned the car was never exported. Upshot is we have had to make a 'Denuncia di smarrimento' for the loss of the plates (even though not our fault) and pay the €100 for the export. This is even before we have managed to re-register onto Italian plates. We were assured by the dealer in the UK that all the paperwork for the vehicle was sorted and we took him at his word. This is obviously the short version of this story! Upshot is do check that all export / import paperwork is complete before buying a LHD car in the UK.