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Import cars to India

Thinking of Importing a car from UK to India? AutoExporters can assist you all the way in getting your dream car imported to India from UK and from other countries. Please contact a member of our team for more information on Importing your car to India.

Importing a Used Vehicle

The government has the following requirements for importing a used vehicle:

  • It cannot have been manufactured more than three years previously
  • It must have been previously registered, sold, leased or loaned before importation
  • It must have a roadworthiness certificate valid for at least five years after the date of importation
  • It must have right-hand steering, controls and headlights suitable for driving on the left side of the road (applicable to all vehicles with the exception of two- and three-wheelers)
  • It must have a speedometer that displays the speed in kilometres per hour
  • It can be imported only through the Indian customs port at Mumbai (Nhava Sheva)
  • It must conform to the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988
  • Its cylinder capacity is no more than 3,000cc

Banned Vehicles

The following types of vehicle are banned:

  • Cars with an engine capacity of between 1,000cc and 2,500cc
  • Motorcycles with an engine capacity of between 50cc and 500cc
  • Scooters with an engine capacity of between 250cc and 800cc

Transfer of Residence

Foreign nationals and non-resident Indians (NRIs) moving to India on a “transfer of residence” for permanent settlement are allowed to import one car or motorcycle (new or used) under the following conditions:

  • The vehicle owner has resided abroad for at least two years and will stay in India for at least one year
  • The total stay on previous short trips to India has not exceeded six months during the two years before immigration
  • The vehicle owner has not imported another vehicle using “transfer of residence” in the preceding three years
  • Only one member of a family can import a vehicle using “transfer of residence”
  • A vehicle must be imported within six months of arrival in India and meet the conditions set by the government
  • The imported vehicle cannot be sold in India for two years
  • New or used cars (of any age) with an engine capacity of up to 1,600cc can be imported. Cars with an engine capacity of more than 1,600cc must be owned and registered abroad for at least a year
  • New or used motorcycles (of any age) with an engine capacity of between 75cc and 500cc can be imported

The imported vehicle will still be subject to the usual customs duties and testing fees.

Importing a Used Vehicle

The government has the following requirements for importing a used vehicle:

  • It cannot have been manufactured more than three years previously
  • It must have been previously registered, sold, leased or loaned before importation
  • It must have a roadworthiness certificate valid for at least five years after the date of importation
  • It must have right-hand steering, controls and headlights suitable for driving on the left side of the road (applicable to all vehicles with the exception of two- and three-wheelers)
  • It must have a speedometer that displays the speed in kilometres per hour
  • It can be imported only through the Indian customs port at Mumbai (Nhava Sheva)
  • It must conform to the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988
  • Its cylinder capacity is no more than 3,000cc

The imported vehicle will still be subject to the usual customs duties and testing fees.

Customs Duties

Foreign vehicles imported into India are subject to customs duties that cost more than the retail price at the time of purchase. On average, expect to pay about 102 percent duty on a new vehicle or 160 percent on a used vehicle. These rates include:

  • Basic customs duty (35 percent)
  • Special excise duty (24 percent)
  • Additional duty (16 percent)
  • Surcharge on customs duty (10 percent)
  • Special additional duty of customs (4 percent)
  • Motor vehicle cess (0.125 percent)

Used vehicles are charged custom duties according to their depreciated price at the time of importation. In other words, duty has to be paid on a certain percentage of the vehicle’s original retail price, based on its age. The rules on depreciation are as follows:

Period of use Depreciation allowed
For every quarter during first year 4%
For every quarter during second year 3%
For every quarter during third year 2.5%
For every quarter during fourth year 2%
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