What Do I Need to Do to Take My Lease Car Abroad?
When you take a car abroad you usually need to take the original registration documents, however with a lease these are kept by the funder. Instead you will need to get a VE103 certificate, which confirms you are authorised to have the vehicle.
We’ve spoken to each of our funders for you to get a little more information from them on the process you will need to follow in order to get the required documentation. Please note that if your lease is funded through manufacturer finance then you will need to contact them directly and their contact numbers are listed below.
Please be aware that if you are travelling to a city that requires an emission sticker you may need to put in the details of the VE103 in order to obtain this, so remember to allow time for this if necessary.
Take a look at your funder below to see their advice:
If you have any further questions about taking your lease car abroad then please feel free to contact our Customer Services Team on 01722322888 (option 3). Alternatively, you can contact your funder on the number listed below to speak to them directly.
When you’re travelling abroad you may need to take additional items with you that you wouldn’t necessarily have when driving at home.
You should always have a GB sticker on your car if you are travelling abroad. Please note that for some countries if you have a GB number plate you may still need to get a GB sticker in addition to this.
The government has confirmed that post-Brexit you will need to have a GB sticker on your vehicle if you plan to take it to Europe if it does not have the GB identifier on the number plate. In Spain, Cyprus and Malta you will need to do this even if you have a GB identifier on your number plate.
The only exception to this is is you plan to travel to Ireland, where UK vehicles will not need to have a GB identifier.
Following the UK's departure from the EU in January 2021 you will be required to carry a physical copy of a green card insurance certificate for any vehicle or trailer you are planning to travel with. It will be your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to ensure you receive this documentation prior to travel.
Some countries also require you to have a clean air emission sticker on the vehicle showing the emission levels for the car. Please check if this is required before you travel.
It is not a legal requirement in the UK to keep a vehicle safety kit in your car when driving but in some other countries it is. Please check before travelling if you need a safety kit and purchase one if do not already have one in your car.
Just like in the UK other countries have regulations on children in vehicles, which include the use of booster seats, seat belts and even where in the car they can sit. You will need to check the rules before you travel.
If you are travelling in the winter, or to a particularly cold country, you will need to check their rules on winter appropriate tyres and snow chains.
Before You Travel:
Please remember to check the below before you go on any long journey, especially if you are travelling abroad:
- That you have enough fuel
- That your oil is topped up
- That your fluid levels are good, and top them up if necessary
- That all your lights are working (please note you might need to take a full set of spares when travelling depending on the country you are visiting)
- Your tyre tread depth and tyre pressure