anyone ordered discs/pads from germany via ebay??

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im looking at getting discs and pads all round for the c63s. I have found a seller in Germany doing BREMBO brand and great price compared to UK. issue is that I cant find details on what import taxes will be if i purchase. Called EBAY and they cant help stating once item arrives in UK you will be informed of the costs which is a bit blind. Seller canty help with approximate costs. ANyone got some advice/ knowledge themselves what to expect?
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If things have not changed too recently it was Price + 6% duty + 20% vat + courier handling fee.....that last one being the unknown variable!

 
Isn’t there a figure like £135 , that if you are below it you don’t pay import taxes ?
Have you tried using AUTODOC for a pads price
Yes....see link above.....but you still have to pay VAT and possibly handling.
 
Isn’t there a figure like £135 , that if you are below it you don’t pay import taxes ?
Have you tried using AUTODOC for a pads price

Yes, correct. But you'll still pay VAT, which is applied to the invoice total i.e. including shipping. Below £135 the seller has to charge you VAT and pass it on to HMRC. eBay handles this for goods sold through them - many companies in Germany (and other EU countries) won't sell directly to the UK any more as they can't be bothered with dealing with HMRC.

For an invoice total of £135 or above your purchase price excludes VAT and this becomes payable on arrival in the UK. All (AFAIK) courier companies charge a fixed handling fee for getting this from you and passing it to HMRC - typically in the region of £15.
 
Yes, correct. But you'll still pay VAT, which is applied to the invoice total i.e. including shipping. Below £135 the seller has to charge you VAT and pass it on to HMRC. eBay handles this for goods sold through them - many companies in Germany (and other EU countries) won't sell directly to the UK any more as they can't be bothered with dealing with HMRC.

For an invoice total of £135 or above your purchase price excludes VAT and this becomes payable on arrival in the UK. All (AFAIK) courier companies charge a fixed handling fee for getting this from you and passing it to HMRC - typically in the region of £15.
My understanding too. I hardly buy anything from Europe now. Blooming Brexit.
 
If buying a full carbon set it would probably be cheaper to drive over there and buy them.......provided you are not 'caught' with them in the boot on the way back ! :doh: :p
 
Don't take the C63 , take something that will do 50 mpg , at least :p . Tell you what , leave your C63 with me for , erm? 'safekeeping' and you can pop over to Germany in my spare.

It's a 1.2 petrol Toyota Yaris . Hours of endless fun on the Autobahn !
 
If you want to return the paperwork becomes complicated.

I buy nowt from the eu direct now.
Btw I don't blame Brexit, I blame the eu. It didn't need to become so anti British.
It's certainly an eyeopener how many overseas sellers on eBay now specifically exclude the UK from their 'ship to list'.
I've saved a significant amount of money over the years buying from European sellers, particularly from Germany. Those days are gone.:(
 
Don't take the C63 , take something that will do 50 mpg , at least :p . Tell you what , leave your C63 with me for , erm? 'safekeeping' and you can pop over to Germany in my spare.

It's a 1.2 petrol Toyota Yaris . Hours of endless fun on the Autobahn !
Did you mean the Yaris with the ‘big brake’ conversion? 🤔
 
I have though ordered £400+ from AUTODOC with no extra charges at all
My AUTODOC invoice for less that £200 a few months ago. Nothing else to pay.
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I’ve often wondered about this sort of stuff though. How do they monitor people wearing for example expensive watches, jewellery - even clothing/shoes for example?

I know some people take cars overseas for restoration work, repairs, bodywork etc.

Import duty on some brake discs seems minor by comparison?
 
It's certainly an eyeopener how many overseas sellers on eBay now specifically exclude the UK from their 'ship to list'.
I've saved a significant amount of money over the years buying from European sellers, particularly from Germany. Those days are gone.:(

Yup a company I used a lot in the past had both UK and EU warehouses, which you could buy from at will. Prices and shipping were about the same, so you could just choose whichever had stock. They closed the UK warehouse, then shortly afterwards the EU one stopped shipping to the UK :doh: 'Online portals' like eBay and (I think) Amazon handle all the UK VAT for EU companies, so the only issue would be potential complications with returns (which would have to go through customs again and might be treated as export/import?).
 
Yup a company I used a lot in the past had both UK and EU warehouses, which you could buy from at will. Prices and shipping were about the same, so you could just choose whichever had stock. They closed the UK warehouse, then shortly afterwards the EU one stopped shipping to the UK :doh: 'Online portals' like eBay and (I think) Amazon handle all the UK VAT for EU companies, so the only issue would be potential complications with returns (which would have to go through customs again and might be treated as export/import?).
Returns are a nightmare; for my sins part of my work remit is arrange RMA goods to go back the the States. Getting the electronic 'paperwork' right these days is a total PITA. Get it wrong and as you say customs want to treat it as an export and or re-import.
And don't start me on Harmonised System Codes :mad::wallbash:
 

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