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Hi guys,

Hoping someone will shed some light on this..
I am bringing in a used Camepervan from Germany. It is being shipped in as unfortunately, I cannot fly over and drive it back myself due to COVID times.
In Germany, vehicles have to be deregistered so the number plate follows the owner. My camper will not have a number plate when it arrives at the port.
I understand that you can get a temporary export plate in Germany that comes with insurance. Apart from this option, is there a way to insure the Van based on the VIN and have a temporary registration number so I can drive it home and take it to VRT etc?
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Dolmen will give temp cover for 30 days on the vin


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Hi guys,

Hoping someone will shed some light on this..
I am bringing in a used Camepervan from Germany. It is being shipped in as unfortunately, I cannot fly over and drive it back myself due to COVID times.
In Germany, vehicles have to be deregistered so the number plate follows the owner. My camper will not have a number plate when it arrives at the port.
I understand that you can get a temporary export plate in Germany that comes with insurance. Apart from this option, is there a way to insure the Van based on the VIN and have a temporary registration number so I can drive it home and take it to VRT etc?
Thanks for the help!

Stuart’s insurance will do this as well.


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Thanks for the reply guys.
Is it okay to drive without plates for the purposes of driving it from the port and vrt?
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I remember years ago people using 'FOR REG' signs on new cars while waiting for their reg number. Don't know if it was or is legal though.
A loan of trade plates might be an option if you have a friendly connection in the trade.


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Check that directly with the insurance broker lads,
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1. Stuart's wanted the French Reg number from me to give temporary cover.
2. it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the public road without plates, that's why Garages use Trade plates.

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I remember years ago people using 'FOR REG' signs on new cars while waiting for their reg number. Don't know if it was or is legal though.
A loan of trade plates might be an option if you have a friendly connection in the trade.


That brings back memories......for reg............usually a liteace or a Hiace before 1990 driven by a certain type of gent :lol: :lol: nuff said

Borrowing trade plates is doubtful as you would need to be named on the garage insurance policy


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I remember years ago people using 'FOR REG' signs on new cars while waiting for their reg number. Don't know if it was or is legal though.
A loan of trade plates might be an option if you have a friendly connection in the trade.


That was a consequence of the introduction of year plates in 1987, people would buy a car in September and try to hold off until January to register. Dodgy as f**k back then but very strictly illegal for 30 years or more.

To the best of my knowledge, the German Export plates cover travel across Europe and can be taken out for an extended period, typically 1 month but 3 months is possible, maybe more.

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I remember years ago people using 'FOR REG' signs on new cars while waiting for their reg number. Don't know if it was or is legal though.


🤔 Who is this, and what have you done with baguette?


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Get in touch with ADAC. they used to organise transport insurance cover with plates, they will advise you how long the cover is for, if they are still doing it.
If you ask they will privide you with an English speaker,


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When I went over , there was a problem with the money transfer, I ended up driving back on the previous owners plates and posted them back to him once I had it registered here. It’s definitely easier to get temporary export plates. Make sure you have both parts of the ref documents, there is a small one and a larger one with more detail on it.

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