In 2014 The Adventurists fought back against ‘perceived vehicle value tax’ and ‘engine displacement brackets’ with a bold plan to devolve the Mongol Rally. Slash the entry fee and provide a cheap shipping solution to get vehicles back to Europe thus allowing all small shit cars to once again drive to Mongolia. In 2015 we made the shipping even cheaper by finishing in Ulan-Ude. We've taken the rally back to it’s routes.
The adventure connoisseurs choice: Drag a rusting pile of twisted metal all the way to Mongolia, then turn around and drive it all the way home again throught Russia. It usually works out as the cheapest option as well. The roads are excellent and collective opinion from Rally veterans is it takes around 9 days from Ulan Ude to get back to the UK (the record time to UK is 5 days) and costs around £1000 per team. If you have gargantuan balls though you'll go back through Central Asia. If they are bigger still you could continue driving East and circumnavigate the globe.
You could get one of your mates to fly out to the finish and drive your car home. You miss out on worrying about your car and your friends get a reverse Mongol Rally; albeit in a slightly more beat up car. If you are keen though the most important thing to remember if you’re planning on getting your vehicle back this way is that you need a power of attorney giving your friend permission to drive your vehicle and to take it across international borders. It is a very good idea to get this translated into Russian and get the translation notarised.
Once upon a time the world had no national borders, no import taxes and no customs officers - it was adventure simplicity. Then some phallic headed officials decided that wouldn't do and started creating all sorts of arbitrary restrictions to make sure everyone else was as unhappy as they were.
Importing your car, whether to scrap it, sell it or to donate it, is sadly not possible without paying import tax. In Russia and Mongolia this usually ends up between $4,000 and $6,000.
Some locals may offer to buy your car and take responsibility for the import taxes. This sounds lovely but it's actually not cool. The person buying your car almost certainly has no idea of the costs they will be burdened with, you'll basically be passing debt to someone who has much less money than you.