Even though we're not launching from the UK, many of you may still be looking into buying your car here. If this sounds like you, read on...
Most countries in Europe have strict vehicle registration criteria that do not allow non-residents to buy and register a car to their name. The UK at least is a little easier in that regard as once you have brought a car all you need for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is an address for them to send the appropriate paperwork to. This does not have to be your address. So if you have a relative or friend in the UK ask them if they don’t mind, or make a friend with another Rallier on one of the Facebook pages and ask if they can help in return for a few beers at the launch party.
If this section applies to you and you are looking to purchase a car remotely, please do bear in mind that this process can take some time (even after your purchase the paperwork can take six to eight weeks to process at the DVLA). Teams doing this would be advised to make their vehicle search a number one priority. To be allowed on the road in the UK will also be responsible for ensuring your vehicle has passed a recent MOT inspection (Ministry Of Transport inspections ensure the vehicles road-worthiness and are due every 12 months by law) and that you have paid the emissions tax (known colloquially as ‘road tax’ is also due every 12 months).
It might come as a surprise to you but in order to take a vehicle across an international border you will need to prove you own it. Crossing borders becomes not only implausible, but likely impossible if the vehicle’s papers are in the name of your mum or a sponsor regardless of whether or not you have been insured as a driver on that car. This must be an original document not a photocopy or a scribbled bit of paper from the previous owner. If you are getting a car in the UK you need the full V5 not just the ‘New Keepers Supplement’.
If you really can not get the vehicle registered in your name, either because your sponsors will not sign it over to you, or you have joined the Rally too late to get your car registered into your name, then you will need to get a power of attorney giving one of the team drivers full responsibility of your vehicle such as authority to take the vehicle across a border and responsibility should you get into any legal bother.