Why is there a deposit for rally teams?
After running the rally for over a decade we know there are always one or two sneaky buggers among the rest of you good, honest wholesome folk. So we have to take a deposit because the statistics show a few teams do something massively illegal every year then lie their arses off about it. Government authorities then start phoning us and sending bills to Rally HQ.
If you use the shipping service you will turn it into your shipping fee. If you don't use the shipping service it's a refundable vehicle deposit so you just send us confirmation that you have driven it back and not dumped it en route and you'll get your deposit back.
How much is it?
The price of the deposit is the same as the price of shipping, so we will confirm this once we've got these prices from the shipping company. As a rough guide, in 2018 the deposit was £1200 for cars and £400 for bikes.
How do I pay?
You'll need to pay the deposit by credit or debit card. We will send you the details how to pay nearer the time.
When does it need to be paid by?
Please lodge the deposit by 4th June.
Why does everyone have to pay the same amount, even those driving back?
Quite a lot of teams who plan to drive back change their mind at the finish line and end up using the shipping. We've set things up so you can change your mind at the finish line so it's flexible as possible but that means we have to peg the refundable deposit to the cost of the shipping.
How and when do I get my deposit back if I don't use the shipping?
Once you finish the rally you need to send in evidence that you've made it back to Europe, or dealt with your car legally if you left it in a country along the way (which you really shouldn't do anyway, it's a pain in the arse). Have a read of 'How do I get my deposit back' in the section all about dealing with your car at the finish line and 'What if I break down along the way' is worth a read too.