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Old 02-01-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
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Hey does anyone know the actual cost of importing a car from japan? Im not talking about the price of the car itself, Im talking about shipping and the cost to make it legal?
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Old 02-01-2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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My friends R34 Skyiline cost about $14,500 for legalization, title, registration, etc.. through moto rex
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:33 PM   #3
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on a skyline you will pay around 10k for converting it to american standards and around 3k for shipping what car are you trying to import???
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:40 PM   #4
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once you spend money on importing, legalizing (if you even do it) AND GETTING A DEALERS LISCENSE which you MUST have. you'll run DLR plates on your car, its the only way you dont get rolled for mods, foreign car, ect....THEN you have to deal with the nightmare of registering a foreign VIN, which 80 percent of the time gets rejected. so yeah, good luck
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:42 PM   #5
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Doesn't this topic come up once every two weeks
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:56 PM   #6
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generally the consensus is that it's a pain in the butt. I'd only bother if I won the lottery or something.
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Old 02-01-2004, 04:14 PM   #7
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generally the consensus is that it's a pain in the butt. I'd only bother if I won the lottery or something.
Win the lotto is right Got this from motoRex
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Old 02-01-2004, 06:15 PM   #8
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How about like a JDM GD WRX STi? The frame is already crash tested over here, so there goes the bulk of the legalization costs. I thought that it was pretty easy to get JDM versions of cars sold here legalized. I know I've seen a couple of RHD Integra Type-Rs running around.
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Old 02-01-2004, 07:23 PM   #9
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How about like a JDM GD WRX STi? The frame is already crash tested over here, so there goes the bulk of the legalization costs. I thought that it was pretty easy to get JDM versions of cars sold here legalized. I know I've seen a couple of RHD Integra Type-Rs running around.
you still have to change the core supports and the bumper beams to meet US specs.
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Old 02-01-2004, 07:51 PM   #10
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That's not a huge deal though. The real reason it's so expensive to get a skyline is that no matter who you buy it from, Motorex has to sign off on it before you can drive it here, because they're the ones who crash tested it. The physical changes to the car are small potatoes compared to paying $18k to Motorex for their signature.
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Old 02-02-2004, 12:29 AM   #11
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Don't forget the joy of insurance, and the cost for a non-US-spec car...

And, as ever, goto the US Gov website on importing (google it) and you'll see all the various regs & rules.

If it were either *easy* or *cheap* there'd be tons of JDM Silvia Turbos running around instead of a 240SX-conversion, but it's neither easy nor cheap--even if it's the same 'basic platform'.

Look into it, you'll see the same thing everyone else finds out....
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Old 02-02-2004, 03:21 AM   #12
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If it were either *easy* or *cheap* there'd be tons of JDM Silvia Turbos running around instead of a 240SX-conversion, but it's neither easy nor cheap--even if it's the same 'basic platform'.
But that is what makes owning one so very sweet. If I had the money I'd get a skyline Although did you see that GT40 I belive Im inlove.
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Old 02-02-2004, 03:27 AM   #13
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That's not a huge deal though. The real reason it's so expensive to get a skyline is that no matter who you buy it from, Motorex has to sign off on it before you can drive it here, because they're the ones who crash tested it. The physical changes to the car are small potatoes compared to paying $18k to Motorex for their signature.
First do a search, its been covered many many times...
2nd the reason you have to pay motorex is because they crash tested the cars, yes. Thats not something you can do is it?
3rd the reason its insanely expencive is not just the cost of importing, resgistering, insuring, customs, its also matnince... good luck getting the spark pulgs you need, or whatever little part is going to cost you 5x what it should.

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But that is what makes owning one so very sweet. If I had the money I'd get a skyline Although did you see that GT40 I belive Im inlove.
gt40 > skyline plus its cheeper.
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