Trade & Industry

Join us today - and make a real difference

There is a risk that the general perception may become that non-electric vehicles are an enemy of the environment. The clear environmental benefits and the sustainability of retaining an existing vehicle appear to be ignored. Our mission is to correct these myths and misconceptions.
  • The good news is that it’s not too late - but only just.

    Classic vehicles raise a smile and a friendly wave - and we want to keep it that way. An accurate comparison from respected experts portrays a very different picture when comparing the carbon costs of 'new versus old'.

  • How we address this:

    A nationwide media and government HCVA campaign is active and sets out how our sector can progress to 'net zero' quicker than most other industries.

  • But we can’t do this without your help and support

    The HCVA will build upon, celebrate and promote all the positives that can substantially support our mission. This campaign will need to be skilfully handled so that our messsage gets across effectively.

The HCVA will also focus on other current challenges, including:

  • 1.

    Pioneering a working user group with senior DVLA officials to recognise and look to resolve current frustrations

  • 2.

    Generating a programme of ideas to put forward to ease the movement of vehicles and parts to and from Europe

  • 3.

    Engaging the younger audience, preserving the skills, and creating career opportunities across the entire sector

  • 4.

    Celebrate the importance and romance of the heritage, as has successfully been achieved with historic buildings

  • 5.

    Introducing an industry-wide code of conduct to offer confidence and peace of mind

This is a real and present challenge

 A fast-growing group of volunteers, advocates and industry experts are working within this not-for-profit organisation. We will need a proper budget to run dedicated campaigns and the relevant research to successfully achieve the right messaging.

Play your part

This is a once-in-a-lifetime window, where the energy is here and much has been achieved in a really short time. But there is still so much more to do.

We need to move quickly to engage the public, politicians and the media and to thoughtfully communicate our message in an informed and non-confrontational way. There are membership categories for all sectors of both the industry and enthusiasts - act now and please tell your friends and customers. 

The HCVA advantage

HCVA Trade Members will be supported and promoted to the public as those who care both about the industry and also their customers. Membership will be seen as a badge of excellence and will inspire confidence in the public to select them as an informed choice.

 They are seen to be working to preserve the future of classic and historic vehicles for us all.

Time is short. Join now

For Trade & Industry

  • Associate Trade Membership

    Companies with < 6 employees and < £1m turnover.

    £750 per annum + VAT

  • Full Trade Membership

    Companies with > 6 employees and > £1m turnover.

    £1,500 per annum + VAT

  • Corporate Membership

    For those companies with over £10m turnover who wish to support our mission significantly.

    £8,750 per annum + VAT


An opportunity for like-minded organisations to affiliate to help shape the destiny of our sector.  Contact us  to discover more.

Membership Eligibility

HCVA Membership is open to any organisation that conducts business in association with historic and classic vehicles. In order to ensure the highest standards for membership, organisations will sign and adhere to our Code of Conduct.

  • Company Details

    Please supply details of two trade references.

  • Your Details

    Are you happy to receive HCVA communications?

    I have read and agree to the HCVA Code of Conduct

    I agree that any breach of the Code of Conduct shall be taken very seriously by the HCVA and may result in a cessation or suspension of membership in accordance with the Membership Rules. 

    * denotes a required field please

    We do not share any submitted information with anyone outside of our organisation. Your details will only be used to carry forward your membership of the HCVA or to provide you with further details of our work and campaigns as requested.

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HCVA Code of Conduct

The HCVA wants to ensure clarity, consistency and efficiency within the historic and classic vehicle sector, with membership of the HCVA acting as assurance to clients that members will adhere to the highest possible ethical standards when engaging in business.

It shall be the responsibility of each member to be familiar with and abide by the Membership Rules, this Code of Conduct, and any other rules and regulations of the HCVA. The HCVA expects its members to conduct themselves and their organisations in accordance with the following best practice recommendations:

  • Apply their professional knowledge and skills in the best interests of their clients.

    Not do anything that will place their own interests in conflict with those of their clients.

    Maintain clients’ and members’ confidentiality at all times.

    Maintain high ethical standards with regards to competition in the sector and not engage in any anti-competitive conduct with other members of the industry including, without limitation, by way of exchanging pricing information or making negative supplier recommendations.

    For those members involved in the purchase and sale of classic vehicles, ensure that both buyer and seller are aware whether the member is acting either as agent or principal.

    When practical it is recommended that fees are agreed in writing before work is undertaken.

    Show due diligence in the representation of historic information.

    Show due diligence in ensuring the instructing client has the legal authority to give instructions and agree proposals.

  • Any mechanical, service or restoration work must be completed to the highest level with the safety of the client as the first priority.

    Exercise due care and diligence in all aspects of handling and storing clients’ property.

    Adhere to current data protection laws and regulations including, as applicable, the retained version of the General Data Protection Regulation.

    Have appropriate insurance cover in place at all times, including with respect to professional indemnity cover, transport and storage.

    Make appropriate arrangements for protecting client’s monies.

    Be aware of and adhere to money laundering and anti-bribery laws and regulations, and have appropriate policies in place for members of your organisation.

    Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in respect of the above.

    Be committed to diversity in employment and be consistent and fair in hiring practices.

Any breach of this Code of Conduct shall be taken very seriously by the HCVA and may result in a cessation or suspension of membership in accordance with the Membership Rules.