LHDVehicle.com was established nine years ago to assist those looking to buy left hand drive salvage and damaged cars. This site was developed to include where to buy and sell all types of left hand drive cars, trucks, 4×4 and other vehicles.
By the end of 2007, lhdvehicle.com and the companies associated with it had enabled thousands of people not only from the UK but also from many other countries from all over the world to successfully buy and sell thousands of used and new left hand drive cars.
Last year, 2015, saw a further upturn in visitors to this site and this year is looking even better even though the economic downturn is still affecting everyone financially.
Those who need a left hand car have to look to finding the cheapest possible outlets and sources, such as through lhdvehicle.com
As a retired dealer I formerly specialised in left hand drive cars, particularly 4×4, (Land Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Patrol and other four wheel drive vehicles) and have been trading in mainland Europe for over 20 years.
I also have experience in other makes of left drive cars, such as Mercedes, BMW, VW, Citroen, Peugeot, Audi, Renault, Ford, Jaguar, Opel, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Smart, Mini, numerous American cars, diesel cars, motorhomes, trucks, vans and commercials, plus various other manufacturers.
A few years ago (2005), road taxes also changed in the Netherlands. It had been possible for anyone to have a 4×4, which if it was prepared as a commercial vehicle, ( i.e. removing some of the seats, blanking out side windows plus other changes) then it was taxed at around a fifth of the regular road tax. In the Netherlands, where the road tax is based on weight, it meant that the tax on a Land Rover Defender of around 2 tonnes weight would work out at around 360 euro per year instead of around 1350 euro.
A tightening of the rather lax regulations, meant that the owners of these commercial 4×4 had to have a VAT (BTW) registered business to qualify for the reduction. This wiped out hundreds if not thousands of owners eligibilty. This meant that there was a glut of such vehicles and there was a sharp drop in prices. Land Rover 130 crewcabs were especially affected, with many bargains to be found.
But, this is in the past. Now as in Germany, the market in the Netherlands has settled down and things are back to almost as they were before. There are no real bargains as such and if there are they will not be around for long.
It should also be noted that in the Netherlands there is another tax on non commercial vehicles (called personnewagens), which is a one off payment from when the car is new, of around 40% of the vehicles new sale price, including all options. It is not reclaimable, except for newer vehicles which were first registered October 2006 and thereafter.
This means that generally in the Netherlands, regular LHD cars are significantly more expensive than elsewhere in Europe, until they get to around ten years old then they more or less fall in line with other countries. This is because the Dutch are not so keen on older vehicles, which means that if they want to sell older cars, they have to look to export them, so the price has to be competitive with neighbouring countries. Commercial vehicles however, are generally cheaper than the surrounding countries and there are a few good buys around.
Another influence on the price of left drive cars is from the ex Soviet block countries. The further east you go the higher the price as there is more demand. But that does not mean that the Polish for example will not be seen in the UK buying RHD cars, because the price is a lot cheaper. They will take them back to Poland and then convert the car, truck, 4×4 or van from right hand drive to left hand drive and still make a profit.