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Import of new T6.1 Ocean LHD (2020) in UK - new 6.1 headlights

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Hi all,
I am opening this thread after reading several posts on recent changes on the Headlights on the T6.1. It seems that the travel mode is not available anymore mostly because the beams are flatters on the new model. See more details here: https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/thread...adlights-to-left-hand-drive.37730/post-479686 and here: https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/attn-t6-1-led-headlight-owners.38386/post-479689

As I said in another post, we just bought a new VW T6.1 Ocean in Spain (built-in September 2020) and we are in the process of importing it in the UK (waiting for the mutual recognition certificate). I got a little bit worried when I read that the travel mode doesn't exist anymore as I think it could be problematic to import our van (we were expecting to get all the importation process done with a proper UK registration so we can drive it back from Spain).
Let's see how it goes, we should hear from VCA in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, for permanent import @Loz mentions that a good solution would be to replace the lower beam units (https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/attn-t6-1-led-headlight-owners.38386/post-477880). Does anyone know where to find:
1) a good website to buy the lower beam units?
2) a manual or instructions on how to replace these parts?

Thank you!
 
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You probably wont need to do this.
The user who was needing to change his dipped beam unit was exporting from UK to Germany.
 
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Hi all,
I am opening this thread after reading several posts on recent changes on the Headlights on the T6.1. It seems that the travel mode is not available anymore mostly because the beams are flatters on the new model. See more details here: https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/thread...adlights-to-left-hand-drive.37730/post-479686 and here: https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/attn-t6-1-led-headlight-owners.38386/post-479689

As I said in another post, we just bought a new VW T6.1 Ocean in Spain (built-in September 2020) and we are in the process of importing it in the UK (waiting for the mutual recognition certificate). I got a little bit worried when I read that the travel mode doesn't exist anymore as I think it could be problematic to import our van (we were expecting to get all the importation process done with a proper UK registration so we can drive it back from Spain).
Let's see how it goes, we should hear from VCA in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, for permanent import @Loz mentions that a good solution would be to replace the lower beam units (https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/attn-t6-1-led-headlight-owners.38386/post-477880). Does anyone know where to find:
1) a good website to buy the lower beam units?
2) a manual or instructions on how to replace these parts?

Thank you!
On a slightly different subject but I'd be curious to know how your UK registration of a LHD goes. I'm picking up my LHD from Holland hopefully next September. The plan is to register it in the European country where I find work (currently in the USA, with UK and US citizenship), which hopefully will be Italy, France, Germany, Spain or Denmark. However worse case scenario ie no job, I will have to register it in the UK. Dealer will provide the mutual recognition certificate but I'm curious how Brexit might affect this status.
Please send us some follow up info as you go through the process.
 
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On a slightly different subject but I'd be curious to know how your UK registration of a LHD goes. I'm picking up my LHD from Holland hopefully next September. The plan is to register it in the European country where I find work (currently in the USA, with UK and US citizenship), which hopefully will be Italy, France, Germany, Spain or Denmark. However worse case scenario ie no job, I will have to register it in the UK. Dealer will provide the mutual recognition certificate but I'm curious how Brexit might affect this status.
Please send us some follow up info as you go through the process.

In your case, are you planning to buy it new? It is worth checking if you can buy the van before VAT (this is what we did in Spain) as you may have to pay the VAT in the country you are registering the vehicle. In our case, because our van has been driven less than 6,000km (about 3,728 miles) and has been in use for no more than 6 months we had to pay the VAT in the UK.
If we had already paid the VAT in Spain we could have claimed it back but we prefered finding a way of not having to pay this amount twice.

We did that before Brexit in December so it may be a little bit different now. The gov.uk website is full of useful information (https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk)
 
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You probably wont need to do this.
The user who was needing to change his dipped beam unit was exporting from UK to Germany.
Just a quick update, we just got the mutual recognition certificate for our LHD :bananadance2 so the new T6.1 headlights don't appear to be a problem for the mutual recognition. Now we are just waiting for the UK registration :)
 
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This is excellent news. Yes, purchasing it new and before VAT. I will have 7 days to apply for registration in the country of residence. Not sure where that will be yet but I should know well before the Cali is collected later this year. Hopefully it will be France, Italy or Spain, but its great to hear you were able to get the mutual recognition certification for UK registration. That will be my last resort option and then I'll just be on the hook for UK VAT.
Have you looked into extending your warranty once you get UK registration? I will only have the Euro 2 years cover and would like to extend it at least to 4 years given this will be a daily driver.
 
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This is excellent news. Yes, purchasing it new and before VAT. I will have 7 days to apply for registration in the country of residence. Not sure where that will be yet but I should know well before the Cali is collected later this year. Hopefully it will be France, Italy or Spain, but its great to hear you were able to get the mutual recognition certification for UK registration. That will be my last resort option and then I'll just be on the hook for UK VAT.
Have you looked into extending your warranty once you get UK registration? I will only have the Euro 2 years cover and would like to extend it at least to 4 years given this will be a daily driver.
I didn't know we could extend the warranty, do you have any links about that to share?
 
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I didn't know we could extend the warranty, do you have any links about that to share?
Not as yet. I think so long as you purchase the VW extended warranty within 3 months of taking ownership you can get up to 3 additional years cover. So for a Cali purchased in Europe that would give you a total of 5 years. I will be calling a few dealers closer to the delivery time to get pricing and options.
 
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Not as yet. I think so long as you purchase the VW extended warranty within 3 months of taking ownership you can get up to 3 additional years cover. So for a Cali purchased in Europe that would give you a total of 5 years. I will be calling a few dealers closer to the delivery time to get pricing and options.
I think that maybe a VW U.K. offer only and probably wouldn’t apply to a LHD vehicle which cannot be bought new from VW U.K.
 

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