You need to be insured by a "recognised" company. The BFG Office in your unit can give you the gen. Before you leave UK, get a "green card" from your insurers this allows you to drive on the continent.
You'll need green card insurance - there are load of providers, dont be led by naafi - and you'll need to "BFG" your car. That means applying for a couple of forms, buying continental lights, having your car BFG inspected (like an MOT for BFG cars). Once all the paperwork is sorted, you'll receive new plates, a free tax disk and the holy grail of the BFG process, your fuel card.
You'll find a lot of UK insurers now include green card as standard but check if insurance is still valid if you change your address. They don't need too many excuses not to pay out if you are unlucky.
You are not forced to use the list of insurers provided by the evil empire that is the BFGVLO; that would be a cartel, and illegal. You can use any insurer you like provided they meet the BFGVLO's requirements, which you can get on request. However, unless you have a modified or classic car it may not be worth the hassle.
you are better of in the long run buying a left hand drive...
I go to Germany a lot and I still see uk cars with the wrong headlight,blinding me at night is it a case of ill wait till i get stopped..before I change them...............[/quote]
No you aren't! The resale value of a LHD is crap compared to that of a decent RHD in UK.
As for the light thing, you have to change them to get a BFG reg for your car, you are not allowed to drive on Uk Reg after 30 days, nor are you allowed to drive on German plates. All part of the SOFA.