Buying a Left Hand Drive Car in England

by Poi on August 25, 2015

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Us Brits are living pretty much everywhere across the globe these days and especially in huge numbers across Europe. I’m sure every one of us knows someone who’s retired to either Spain or the south of France in recent years.

For that reason, we figured we wouldn’t be alone in wanting to purchase a left-hand drive car in the UK, the market must be well and truly catered for.

Although an initial internet search might have you thinking that’s the case, you’ll soon come to realise finding the vehicle for you isn’t going to be as easy as you’d hoped. Despite the endless websites offering LHD cars in the UK, almost none of them will tell you what they actually have for sale. Flashy websites with lots of promises but next to no information on what you want, actual cars.

We came across The Left Hand Drive Place as part of our own search and half expected to encounter the same problems. Yes, there were plenty of cars on the website but how up to date was it? Could they be trusted and what hidden costs might there be.

A phone call to The Left Hand Drive Place offered a pleasant surprise, someone actually answered the phone (already an improvement on some of the other companies we’d tried). They confirmed the website was updated regularly and all cars advertised were also available to view in their showroom.

A left-hand drive dealership that actually has the cars? this is sounding more promising.

Before visiting the showroom, I decided to be sensible and do a little homework. I spent hours trying to find reviews online (much like you probably have if you’re reading this) without finding much at all. I eventually came across ten or so positive experiences buried deep on expat forums but more importantly, I failed to find any bad reviews, very rare for any company these days no matter how good their service.

Again, promising. Wanting to double check, I turned to my favourite source of information: social media.

We arrived unannounced at the showroom on a Saturday morning to find as promised, all the cars from website ready and waiting to view. We spotted the two cars we’d been considering and a few short minutes later were taking the first of them out for a test-drive. We arrived back to find the second vehicle ready and waiting in the car park (the showroom was rearranged to get it out) and went straight out again.

Once back at The Left Hand Drive Place we were shown around both cars in a bit more detail before being left alone with them to inspect for ourselves. At no point did we experience any sort of pressure sales tactics (something they later told us will never happen there) and it was nice to have the freedom to look around the cars closely without a salesman hanging around.

We made our decision and paid our deposit. The car was spotless as you’d expect and like many of the cars on show was an ex-company car from Germany. This meant it had been very well maintained with a full service history and documentation, The LHD place would also service the car including a full oil change before we collected it a few days later (we were offered a delivery service but opted to pick it up ourselves).

The LHD Place

Our new car has been on quite the journey 


A few days after picking the car up a strange noise developed in the engine. I called the LHD place who asked me to take it to a local car garage to try and get the problem diagnosed, unfortunately, the garage were unable to do this. After calling the LHD place again, the car was picked up the following morning by one of their staff (about a 3hr drive). Over the course of a week the car was inspected by their own mechanics, the problem diagnosed and sent to the car manufacturer for repair. I collected the car and have had no issues since (4 months – including driving UK > Romania).

Despite the problem with the car, I was very impressed with the customer service I received. I was kept in the loop with the progress of the repair throughout the week and felt everything was done as quickly as possible to get the car back to me. Given the lack of bad reviews and the swiftness in which my problem was dealt with, I by no means believe this to be a regular occurrence. The company seemed very keen to check that I was satisfied with the situation at all times and through various conversations it’s clear their reputation is very important to them.

Just to be clear, this is an honest review of my experience with The LHD Place and they have no idea I’ve written it. My struggle to find reviews was frustrating and hopefully this can be of some benefit to people having the same problem.

I would highly recommend The LHD Place to anyone looking to buy a left-hand drive car in the UK and look forward to selling my car back to them should we ever move back to the UK.

Buying a left hand drive car in England


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cest La Vibe September 12, 2015 at 6:21 am

Why not just buy it abroad and bring it over?
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Poi September 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

Well of course that is an option, you can buy a car from wherever you want 😉

In our case we wanted the simplicity of not having to travel abroad to collect the car or researching reputable dealers. There was also the issue of negotiating with a language barrier and ensuring the car would meet requirements to be registered in the UK.

We’re not encouraging people to use this place over anywhere else abroad but simply giving our experience and thoughts should someone else decide to use them.


Richard August 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Thank you for this helpful post. I have been considering this company and if all you say is true then I will be using them if possible.


Poi August 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

Hi Richard,

Glad we could be of some help, I spent ages looking for reviews so I’m glad this is finding the right audience.

Hope you find the right car!


Craig Dudley-Evans November 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm

I purchased a vehicle for my son 18 months ago from this company with no problems. All minor issues with the car were rectified prior to collection.


Annette Forrester November 15, 2016 at 6:38 pm

I bought a car from left hand drive place and can highly recommend them. They are reliable and trustworthy.


Ann Verstreken March 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

Having phoned two companies, who supposedly sell lhd cars, but who never answered their phone, I read the review on lhd place. What can I say. I rang them and they answered the phone!
We decided to go and have a look, we were picked up from the station. They gave us time to look at the cars on offer. We bought a car there and then. They arranged everything for us : new speedometer, adjusted the fog light, sorted out a noise coming from behind the dashboard, road tax etc.
It is very rare nowadays to find people who are this helpful, reliable and genuine. I can’t recommend Lhdplace enough! Thank you Martin for a super car and super service!


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