Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 14:13:48 -0700
From: get_n_jiggy69nopsamail.com
Subject: Re: Help: How do I buy a car in Europe and import it to the USA?


If the car you buy doesn't have all the mandated federal mods, it'll never get off the dock. You should see the millions of bucks worth of high priced machinery rusting in Wilmington (Ca.) that don't comply. "Thomas F. Henriksen" wrote: > Hello all: > > First I'd like to apologize for posting this in so many newsgroups but I > really don't have any idea where to post it in particular. > > I'm interested in buying a European-spec car next time and having it > shipped to the USA. There are several reasons I've considered this, > including getting models that aren't available in the US (Toyota Avensis, > Lexus IS200, Mercedes C-class estate, the list goes on and on) and getting > features that aren't standard in the US (rear foglamp, fender-mounted turn > signals, adjustable headlight angle, headlamp washers). And there's always > the lure of having something just a little different. > > I've crunched some of the numbers and it appears as though some cars may > actually be cheaper if bought overseas and the tax was refunded (of course > you'd have to pay US state taxes). > > So... > > Why will/won't this work? > > What about emissions? This is probably state-dependant. > > What about titling/licensing? > > How much does it cost to ship a car from D, DK, NL, F, etc? > > What about insurance? > > Is there a good single source (guidebook, website, etc.) for this > information? > > Can the car be purchased over there, driven for a while, then shipped to > the US (kind of like Mercedes' European Delivery program)? > > Answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated. I've been > traipsing all over the WWW looking for answers and found zilch. > > Since I posted this to some newsgroups that I don't frequent, I'd > appreciate personal replies to these questions too. I've had to alter my > e-mail link below due to spamming problems, sorry if this complicates > things. > > -- > Thomas F. Henriksen > henriksenopsamam.mwis.net > > Remove >>nospam<< from email address to reply.

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