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Post by DulyNoted » Tue May 08, 2018 5:42 pm

Hello All, thanks for the add, I'm a (Sarf) Londoner moving to Duras from New York in a couple of months, bringing three bikes with me - and from what I've learned of the process it can be a bureaucratic nightmare! (Have you tried riding en masse to the prefecture's house at midnight carrying pitchforks and torches?! I'm in...)
I've been told that having 17 digit VIN numbers helps (as opposed to the 12-digit VINS common in the U.S.) Any truth to that? Poked around a bit here, found lots of great info, already learned a lot.
Is there a comprehensive 'how-to' step-by-step guide somewhere here on the forum I can follow?
Is there a reliable and reasonably-priced experienced expediter/specialist who will handle it from start to finish for a fee?
Is this too many questions for a newbie???
Should I have known that???? 8-)


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Post by Cornishman » Tue May 08, 2018 8:16 pm

icon_Hi ya! And icon_welcom to BCF. If you are bringing your three bikes from the USA it’s not the number of digits on your VIN that will matter it’s the digits in your European Conformity code. Don’t underestimate the hassle that you will face trying to immatriculate a US spec vehicle in France even if it’s from a European manufacturer.
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Post by ChrisD » Wed May 09, 2018 8:55 am

Welcome to the forum DulyNoted and good luck with your immatriculations. It may be worth approaching a relevant (to the bike) dealer and paying them to do it for you.
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Post by Stella » Wed May 09, 2018 9:17 am

Hello and icon_welcom from the Pyrenees - good luck with the rego.
I came across a Brit a while back who got over any immatriculation problems by simply making up his own registration number and plate and using those icon_no
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Post by wizzard » Wed May 09, 2018 12:12 pm

Stella wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 9:17 am
Hello and icon_welcom from the Pyrenees - good luck with the rego.
I came across a Brit a while back who got over any immatriculation problems by simply making up his own registration number and plate and using those icon_no
Fine until he gets caught - then they will throw the book at him.
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Post by Stella » Wed May 09, 2018 3:21 pm

wizzard wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 12:12 pm
Stella wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 9:17 am
Hello and icon_welcom from the Pyrenees - good luck with the rego.
I came across a Brit a while back who got over any immatriculation problems by simply making up his own registration number and plate and using those icon_no
Fine until he gets caught - then they will throw the book at him.
I hope so. And would like to be there to see it.
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Post by wizzard » Wed May 09, 2018 8:59 pm

There are quite a few brits here with illegaly registered vehicles - things which would never get registered if the law was being followed.
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Post by ShovelHead » Thu May 10, 2018 5:13 pm

HI I WOULD CHECK YOUR VIN NUMBERS and you should be able to find where it was manufactured my HD is from the us and i only have
9 digits my friend brought his HD over from the UK and when he tried to get a coc he found it was made in mexico my uk crysler
was made in mexico if you can get a coc for your bikes your nearly there best of luck

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Post by Cornishman » Thu May 10, 2018 8:24 pm

Where your vehicle was built is irrelevant, the market that it was built for is what is important. Any vehicle built for the European marked reasonably recently will be eligible have a CoC and registering it in France should be straightforward. Without a CoC is a completely different ball-game and getting it registered will be either difficult, difficult and expensive or impossible. Many people had had huge problems with vehicles with U.K. registrations and V5 logbooks because although they were registered in the U.K. they had been imported into Britain from the USA, Middle East or Asia and without European Conformity the French computer will say, non.
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Post by Cornishman » Thu May 10, 2018 8:58 pm

I should have added that if your vehicle is over 30 years old life magically becomes much easier wherever it was first registered.
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