Background: I'm an Irishman permanently resident in France. I'm about to acquire my first Merc a 230E automatic. It will be MOTed but probably not taxed when I get it. I will be picking it up near Cheshunt. My plan is to take it to Kwik-Fit for a full service, new radio and getting some beam deflectors. From there drive to Dover and onwards via Calais to the south of France. A permanent export. I know what hoops I will have to jump through here in France but I'm not so sure about the British end. I intend to re-register it in France with a couple of months once I have done a few things to it such as changing the headlights to LHD etc. Can I get my French address on the registration document / log book? If so what proof of address would be acceptable? Alternatively can I use my name and a friends UK address? Must I tax the car to drive it to the port or is there some exemption available for exports? If not is trailering it to the port my only option? Any ideas what that would set me back? Is there an official export scheme of some sort that makes this process any easier? I will have French insurance on the car before I pick it up so I'm covered to drive in UK for up to 30 days. I know I have a bit of a cheek asking so many question so soon after joining but I don't know where else to ask. Thanks for any help advice you many have.