Having crossed the globe it was time for the Carry to disembark from Höegh America and begin the import process here in the UK. From hyper-detailed tracking to a series of waiting games in the blink of an eye…

As Japanese import specialists The Car Warehouse had the whole thing covered of course – whilst we waited an eternity for the DVLA paperwork to arrive the vehicle was serviced, undersealed, had some minor dents repaired and was prepped ready for the handover. When a registration number was finally assigned the Carry was given a set of plates and sent through its first MOT with any subsequent failures or advisories taken care of along the way. Throughout the process the guys at The Car Warehouse kept me up-to-date with this slow but necessarily bureaucratic leg of the Carry’s journey – when I apologised for sending yet another over-excited e-mail about ETAs I got the friendly reply “Don’t worry, everyone’s the same!”. It’s knowing your vehicle is actually in the country… that’s what drives you crazy 🙂

In total the import process took about 5 to 6 weeks thanks to backlogs at the DVLA – I’m told a month is more the norm. Whatever, the Carry was now ready for collection and it was time to work out how to get it home!