Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 14:23:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Help: How do I buy a car in Europe and import it to the USA?

"Jack T. Sanders" wrote: > If you are willing to pay for it, it can be done. Sure, I'm aware of a mercedes that cost the grey market owner/importer 70K and two years of going round and round with the feds and Calif. emissions board to make the now underpowered and out dated vehicle comply. Here in Calif. you can't get the car smogged unless the mods have been done here in the State, and 40K of the above mods were to reengineer the engine and cobble up another trans. to get the car down to an acceptable number of grams per mile. > My wife's cousin is > an electrician in a car shop in Germany that specializes in converting > cars to meet USA standards. It would make sense to talk to one of > these shops first to see if it feasible to convert the cars that you > may be interested in. > > Jack Sanders > > On Wed, 08 Sep 1999 02:23:44 GMT, "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 > > > > > >Remove >>nospam<< from email address to reply. > > Jack Sanders > > My Opinions, Not Neccessarily the Management's

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