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Car Importing from UK       started by mail2 on 13 Nov 2006   (10335)
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From mail2

13 Nov 2006 1:24 AM
(45912)
Hi All. Does anyone have any experience of taking their UK car to Aus! Is there import tax to pay! Was it worth it! I've heard that cars are expensive in Aus and that build quality is not as good as Europe! Is that the case! I would apprecaite any feedback! Regards Mark
From Marshy

To mail2

13 Nov 2006 1:27 AM
(45913)
depends what you have and what you want Mark. We bought a year old Mazda Tribute fully loaded small 4x4. Cost $31k. If you have some kind of prestige vehicle then consider it but if not then I wouldn't bother.
From mail2

To Marshy

13 Nov 2006 1:49 AM
(45915)
Hi Marshy. I'm a bit of a car enthusist and have a BMW 645ci. It's a 4500cc V8 in silver with black hood. Only done approx 20k miles. It's like part of the family! Pathetic i know!
From Marshy

To mail2

13 Nov 2006 1:53 AM
(45916)
not pathetic at all, everyone different. take a look here: http://www.dotars.gov.au/transport/safety/road/bulletin/importing.aspx
From mail2

To Marshy

13 Nov 2006 2:03 AM
(45917)
I included a photo in the last posting. Trouble is if i sell it now i'll take a huge hit on depreciation. Thanks for the web address i'll check it out later.
From mail2

To Marshy

13 Nov 2006 2:10 AM
(45918)
Don't suppose u know if there are any BMW dealers near u Marshy! I'm presuming they have BMW's in Aus!
From m12345

To mail2

03 Dec 2006 10:28 PM
(47693)
Kind of. I hope you've had your vehicle for over 12months... or will have by the time you apply for an import permit. Otherwise, you've no chance (unless you delay leaving the UK... could be worth it!) I brought an old MGB over when I came 12 months ago. As it was a '67 I didn't have to worry about Australian compliance. I just had to send it over the pits (as close as they get to an MOT here) I also have experience of deep regret for not importing the Mercedes I had in the UK. Prestige cars here are very very expensive. Have a search for a note I made a few months ago under username m12345 - it was called Rekkie report - after 6 months... or something like that. If you've got the time it's probably worth reading the thread as there's a reply from someone else that balances out my (strong) opinions. Also be aware that there will be a 'luxury car tax'. I *think* this is 25% of any value of the vehicle IN AUS over $57k. So if your car were to be worth $100k here, and you spent $5 on importing it, and $5k on import duty, you would be taxed on (100+5+5)-57 = $53k. This is a guess - please dyor. You'll need some work done before it will be given Aussie plates. Speedo in kmh only, child-seat bolts will need to be welded in somewhere behind the back seats, and some other bits. Get a quote - the worst case (in terms of price) would be to try the bmw main dealers in Perth. An imported vehicle will be worth less than an Australian one. Bearing that in mind, have a look at www.autotrader.com.au and www.drive.com.au to get an idea of what yours would be worth here. If you don't care about the local used value, you'll still have the pleasure of driving a proper car on Australian roads (sound of author kicking self extremely hard on shins). HTH Mark M
From Geordiepom

To mail2

03 Mar 2007 12:53 PM
(54831)
That is a beautiful car. I'm not surprised you don't want to leave it behind. BMWs are very popular here and although softtops generally aren't as popular as the UK (mainly because you'd burn the skin off your face on the average commute), yours should be worth bringing. Check out used car sites like carsguide.com.au and compare prices set against shipping and import costs. Please let me know how you go as my brother-in-law hopes to migrate and bring his XK8.
From mail2

To Geordiepom

03 Mar 2007 10:42 PM
(54861)
Hi, i went to Perth for Xmas just gone and there are very few BMW645ci there. The BMW dealer had 6 on order from BMW which would take 6 months. There was a hard top coupe version in the showroom nearly new for $250,000!! It's on my list of research needed to establish how much the import taxes would cost me to establish if it's financially worth while. I did establish that the car would need to be fitted with child seat retraints in the back would cost around a grand i'm told. Regards, Mark
From mail2

To Boot

06 Mar 2007 3:10 AM
(55145)
Wow thats a really useful reply thanks very much. The obvious question is do you think it was all worth the hassle! Would you do it again! Are you able to sell the car on in the future without any further tax to pay! I will send the clearing agent an email. Has anyone else had any experience with clearing agents and are in a position to recommend a clearing agent! I'm currently in Cyprus so i'll be transporting the BMW from there. Thanks again, Mark
From taslev

To Boot

06 Mar 2007 7:26 AM
(55168)
hi after reading your reply to the question posted on car importing, can you tell me what you actualy went through to get it on the road, i understand what is required after tons of reasearch but with not having first hand experince of doing it ,i would appreaciate if you could detail what you had to do. fortunatley im a mechanic and was a mot tester here in the uk, im importing two vehicles , a 95 tdi discovery and a merc 112 vito van , both vehicles only have front seats only. and both speedos show kilos and mph but i understand its the odometre ( mileage reading ) that has to be in kmh.what did they say to you? what was the mot test like compared to the uk ? i also read that duty on 4x4 and vans is only 5% but not for cars . what about quarrantine ? even if you could eat your dinner on the underneath do they still charge( rip you off ). if you could tell me from landing in aus to getting it on the road it would be a great help. best regards kieran