Import & Export

IMPORT

 

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More and more people are choosing to purchase a new or used RV from the U.S.A, either sourced and supplied by ourselves or purchased direct from a U.S.A RV Dealer. For total piece of mind we will arrange for your RV to be Imported from any port in the U.S.A direct to the UK. Once here, we will convert your RV to DVSA standards which are required for DVLA registration. We will offer you a One Stop service.

A small selection of services we provide are listed below:

  • Organise in land U.S.A transit
  • Organise Sea Freight Port to Port
  • Trade plate collection
  • Provide Inland Revenue valuations and arrange clearance with Customs
  • Full IVA / DVSA conversion
  • DVLA registration
  • Complete handover on collection of your RV.

 

EXPORT

 

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Signature Motorhomes are the only company able to export New and Used American Motorhomes to most European countries Including and not limited to: Germany, Netherlands, Sweden & Norway. We have trusted contacts with other Dealers throughout Europe. With certification though DEKRA and the DVSA / IVA scheme, motorhomes can now be registered in the desired Country of use.

Motorhomes can be viewed at our site here in the UK. We are able arrange to pick you up from our local airport which is Birmingham International. If required, we can book accommodation near to our dealership. Once a motorhome is selected we will then arrange for transport and registration to which ever country you live in.

Please contact us for further details.

 

INDIVIDUAL VEHICLE APPROVAL

 

Whether it is a Winnebago, Thor, Fleetwood…any American RV out there, we can import, convert to FULL UK legislation. So you will be safe in the knowledge that with our expertise, your RV will be 100% UK Road Legal & Pass IVA. We were the first dealer in the UK to take the IVA when it was voluntary…look no further than Signature for assistance!

After over 2 years of working with both Department Of Transport and DVSA we are now the only authorized Designated premises Solely catering for new and used American motorhomes imported after April 2012 that require a mandatory IVA test for registration. We are now a POTF (Privately Owned Test Facility) capable of undertaking the IVA programme at our premises. In doing so, we have become the first and only American motorhome distributor and service centre to become a POTF.

We offer a complete import to registration service undertaking every single aspect of import conversion and registration to the end user. No other motorhome company can offer anywhere near our level of service and knowledge.

IVA stands for Individual Vehicle Approval and relates to Type Approval of vehicles in the UK. Type approval is the process, which ensures that vehicles, their systems and components, meet the appropriate environmental and safety standards for use in the UK and Europe. For your vehicle to be registered into the UK it must show that it has some form of Type Approval. In the case of new right hand drive vehicles supplied at your local retailer they will be supplied by the manufacturer with a mass scale Type Approval called a certificate of conformity.

For the rest of us who have a Left hand drive American motorhomes imported from outside the EU, we can use the IVA test to gain the type approval we must have to register our vehicle.

 

DVSA/VOSA

The Vehicle undertakes an IVA test at a DVSA testing station or a DVSA approved designated premises like our own. The DVSA staff visit our site throughout the week and carry out inspections on our clients vehicles accompanied by one of our IVA technicians. Having an experienced technician presenting your vehicle for test is a massive advantage over presenting the vehicle for test yourself because you are often required to show certain components of the vehicle to an examiner that may be behind trim panels or in hard to reach areas of the engine bay. Once satisfied they issue IVA pass certificates that we use to register your vehicle with the DVLA.

Your vehicle will always need some level of modification to achieve UK type approval and our technicians have the experience to prepare your vehicle to IVA standard so when it is inspected we have the confidence it will pass every time.

We will handle all the paperwork involved with your application electronically with our contacts at DVSA so you won’t waste any time posting paperwork back and forth until it is correct.

IVA for a motorhome is no easy task as all motorhomes are different, some will need extensive work to conform please bear this in mind when purchasing your new or used American motorhome.

 

COSTS INVOLVED

DVSA Test Fee £199.00

Pit Charge Fee  £300.00 + VAT

IVA Labour rate £75.00 per hour + VAT

The Conversion work is the unknown, some motorhomes will need more work than others. The list below will give some idea of problem areas.

  • 1)    Road lighting
  • 2)    Seat belts
  • 3)    Seat belt anchorages
  • 4)    Tow bars
  • 5)    Exterior projections
  • 6)    Sharp edges
  • 7)    Overall length
  • 8)    Overall width
  • 9)    Masses dimensions
  • 10)  Brake efficiency
  • 11)  Front seats head restraint

These are just a few areas of concern.

IVA MANUAL

 

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