Hi again Susanna
talked with one of our UK friends living here in Corfu who has actually imported a van and also intended to import a car as well. Here is what he had to do....
First he notified the DVLA in Swansea that he was permanently exporting the vehicle and obtained the necessary documents from them. Ensuring he had all his vehicle document including the form from DVLA he then drove over to Italy and caught ferry to Corfu. Now this part he said was important..... when you first set foot on Greek soil whether it be the port of Corfu or if the ferry goes to Ignomitsa first, you must immediately notify the customs office at the port that you are importing a vehicle. They should date stamp your documents. You then have till the 15th/16th of the following month to submit your paperwork. In Corfu there is an office opposite customs where you take all the paperwork to and apply for Greek plates. This starts the process, which can take a few weeks.
The downside...... they have a weird formula for working out the costs, which are based on the original value of the vehicle when new - if the vehicle is pre 1994 you get 70% discount on the original cost (less if newer on a sliding scale) once the discount has been applied, you then pay approx 95% of the balance + VPR (VAT) + road tax & plates.
To give you an idea.... the old Sherpa luton van he brought over has cost him €2,800 + VPR + tax & plates. The car which was a 12 year old Cavalier would have cost him €4,200 + VPR + tax & plates ( as the car was only worth about £300 back in UK he drove it back to UK on his next visit instead).
Second hand vehicles here in Corfu are a rediculous price, hence most Greeks buy new. A car which we would pay no more than £1,000 for in UK will still fetch €3000 here.
Anyway, hope this all helps. At least now you do have the facts from someone who has actually imported a vehicle.