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Driving UK to Istanbul

Postby wiutsng » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:30 am

A friend has donated a car, full MOT and Tax for myself and a few frineds to drive to Istanbul for the F1 Grand prix at the end of May. We intend to drive there and then fly back but i am not sure about selling the car or even taking it ot a scap yard and getting scrap value for it. I was wondering if anyone had any experinece of this or could forsee any problems. I guess worst case we just give the car away.
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Re: Driving UK to Istanbul

Postby David Morgan » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:32 pm

The problem is that the vehicle will be on your passport, you can't leave Turkey without it.

Easier all round if you can get rid of it in Greece or Bulgaria.
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Re: Driving UK to Istanbul

Postby wiutsng » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:58 pm

If we got a receipt of sale to a scrap dealer or somthing to say it had been scrapped would this allow us to leave the country?. I guess cars must break down and it is not worth repairing them. I wonder does anyone know who I need to check this with. Thanks
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Re: Driving UK to Istanbul

Postby madcart » Tue May 18, 2010 9:01 pm

David Morgan wrote:The problem is that the vehicle will be on your passport, you can't leave Turkey without it.

Easier all round if you can get rid of it in Greece or Bulgaria.


Hi David, Like you I tour around a bit via motorcycle, I'm looking to head to Dalyan overland from the UK (which I've never done before apart from aeroplanes), I know you've been asked numerous time but can you let me know any details for riding down, insurance co you use inc breakdown. Going down in July and heading back mid sept.
Any help would be greatfully appreciated. :D :D
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Re: Driving UK to Istanbul

Postby David Morgan » Wed May 19, 2010 1:36 am

Hi Madcart,

My insurance is with Carole Nash, I just phone them up and they give me a green card for Turkey (3rd party only) gratis. Their insurance also includes "get-me-to-a garage-who-can-fix-my-bike" breakdown cover for the EU. I don't bother with breakdown cover in Turkey any more (since the first time I went 17 years ago when I bought it from the AA for an outrageous amount). Nowadays I just ask the locals for assistance if I have problems (e.g. loading my bike onto the back of a Ford Transit when I got a puncture on the road outside of Aydın one evening, and being taken to the tyre repair shop at Selçuk and then being escorted to a hotel there quite late at night by then - excellent guys).

Check out these threads for more info on getting to Turkey...
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4086
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3511
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3880
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3853
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3721

And don't forget your registration document. You'll have an excellent time - the roads in Turkey are great for motorbiking. Just take it easy (how else with a 70km/h speed limit for motorbikes?) and stay alert - you know, the usual stuff.
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