Being so close to the Middle East, which seems to be in a constant state of turmoil, there is every chance that you'll be away from Cyprus for months at a time.
While you're away doing your job, it'd be nice to know that your wife and kids are able to get around in a reliable, safe new car, with a valid warranty.
(The alternative would probably be a recycled old car, supplied through your local 'friendly' dealer, for around €250 per month. A car often 10 or more years old, with dubious mechanicals and a safety certificate from long-passed days).
If you decide to buy a new car when in Cyprus, you would be well advised to ship it over from the UK, as cars first registered in Cyprus would be considered as imports on your return to the UK at the end of your tour, and worth around 20% less than an equivalent UK-registered car.
We specialise in supplying new, tax-free cars, with big Military Discounts, shipped from the UK to Cyprus. We help you through the collection and registration process, and take care of all the paperwork.
Before buying a new, tax-free car in UK for shipping to Cyprus, you need to know:
Which makes give the best Military Discount? (We can advise best deals, and the most generous dealers).
Will the supplier ship the car out to you in Cyprus, or will you have to go and collect it yourself from their UK showrooms? (Some will, some won't, we know which to avoid).
Will they charge to deliver your car to Southampton Docks, and if so, how much? (Some don't charge anything, others £200 or more).
Will they include the cost of shipping and marine insurance in the car's invoice? (Otherwise you'll have to pay VAT on the shipping).
Is there any excess to pay on the marine insurance, in the event of a claim? (Not with our shippers!).
What happens when your car arrives at Limassol? (We will meet you at the port and guide you through the whole process).
Can you get finance for your new, tax-free car in Cyprus? Yes, we can arrange finance, subject to status, through a UK finance company. And you can sign the finance docs in Cyprus. (Some suppliers insist that you return to the UK to sign your finance docs).
STAN BATEMAN IN CYPRUS
Stan Bateman, who founded Advanced Car Exports in May 1979, now lives in Pissouri, 20 mins from Episkopi.
Mobile telephone number 00357 97 67 35 76. CLICK HERE FOR OUR RECOMMENDATION ON WHAT TO BUY
We are advised that British Forces attached to UNFICYP in Nicosia are currently excluded by the Cyprus Government from being able to register a duty-free car in Cyprus. This ruling is being challenged, and we are hopeful that it will be reversed quite soon.
New road tax charges from 1 Jan 2014:
Emissions of 0-120 g/km... €0.50 per gramme
121-180 g/km.... €3.00 per gramme
over 180 g/km....€8.00 per gramme
eg. If you have a car of 150 g/km, you will pay 120 x 0.50 = €60, plus 30 x 3 = €90, Total = €150 (for 12 months)
If you have a car of 174 g/km, you will pay 120 x 0.50 = €60, plus 54 x 3 = €162, Total = €222 (for 12 months)