Thinking of importing a car from Europe? We can help!

As it was with this classic Citroën 2CV beauty from France, we helped the owners not just make it technically fit for UK roads and legislation. We also spared them from having to go through a number of formalities with HMRC and Customs and the DVLA.


Mechaniclondon - Importing 2CV

Making the French import fit for UK roads

Amongst others, this included

  • Sourcing and fitting a new miles per hour based speedo cluster dial (rather than kilometres per hour)
  • Buying and putting on a period fog light
  • Changing the head lights from a left hand to a right hand drive
  • Carrying out any other work required to getting it MOT-ed

Taking care of the paperwork

Not just often loaded with too technical questions for the average car owner, the forms are often long and in old (not so user-friendly) formats. To save our customer the headaches, we handled all the paperwork required to import their classic car, such as

  • Reporting the arrival to HMRC and Customs; so as to confirm whether any VAT or duty is due – which in the case of a classic car there isn’t
  • Registering the car with DVLA; so as to start paying the UK road tax
  • Last but not least, we got the new (UK) number plates – for which we were chuffed to have sourced a brand new 1978 built period style number plate!

All that was left to do for our customer, was to insure the car, and by now she is fully integrated into UK life … but in her heart she will always be French, of course :)

If you need help importing a modern day or classic car from Europe, contact us today or visit our main website at

All you need is love to maintain your car … NO knowledge required!

“Independent to teach basic car maintenance at ladies night.”

When I (= the Mechanic London’s wife) saw the above headline pop up on our @mechaniclondon’s Twitter timeline, it caught my attention immediately … though I suspect not quite for the reasons the organisers were hoping for!

Yes, it is a widely known fact – and nothing to be ashamed for by the way – that women are the less technically versed and probably interested folk when it comes to car technology and mechanics. - car maintenance

Car maintenance concerns every car owner – female AND male!

Nevertheless, when the above (female targeted) headline caught my eye, I had a big question mark coming up as to why car maintenance would require a particular focus on women drivers??

I got my answer straight away after clicking through to the article as the sub-headline read “Free event to show the basics such as dealing with a puncture and what to do in the event of a breakdown”.

Now, I really applaud (and thank) the organisers for providing such valuable training, and even for free, however feel that the course title is misleading and some clarification is needed.

The dealing with a puncture or breakdown is an emergency procedure NOT routine or maintenance task. If anything a breakdown could merely reflect a poor maintenance routine.

Seeing (on that some of the most common car maintenance tasks are as simple as washing your car, replacing wipers, checking lights and inspecting tyres for pressure and wear, it becomes immediately clear why car maintenance concerns every driver – female AND male!

Car maintenance comes before breakdown

Yes, there are some more technical and greasy maintenance jobs to carry out such as checking and flushing fluids, filters and spark plugs, however this is what your trusted mechanic is for. Even if you don’t want to get your hands dirty washing your car, all you need to do is pay someone else to do it for you. It is that simple.

“There is no knowledge required to maintain your car, only care.” ~@mechaniclondon

A proactive and regular car maintenance and servicing routine will not only ensure safety of your car, but increase its reliability, overall efficiency and reduce the risk of a breakdown. As we always say

“Car servicing is better than cure.” ~@mechaniclondon

It’s just like preventing your house from falling apart. Instead of going to a course to learn about how to deal with blocked drains, a boiler breakdown or damp walls, you can keep it clean routinely and get your boiler serviced by a trained technician regularly. There is no special knowledge required, only care and an interest in looking after your possessions.

What’s your take on this?

Would love to hear more about people’s car maintenance habits and regimes!

For more information about Brent Autos (est. 1989), or to book your car – modern day or classic – for a Service, MOT or some TLC please contact us today or visit our main website at