Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday August 28, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Archives > NASIOC Archives > General Forum Archive

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-07-2001, 09:08 PM   #1
HYDCSX400
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 2183
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Bellows Falls, VT
Vehicle:
87' Shelby CSX #400
Black/silver

Question looking for help with importing a WRX

Some friends of mine have a chance to chose from a few WRX's to buy and import and we need some help with the best way to import the car. They want to learn the import process because they may use it in the business they want to start (based on rally cars and mods) as soon as they find the perfect location. We know that we need a DOT Registered Importer, but we have been told that the best way to ship it would be to have the car disassembled into many crates and have it shipped as "parts" instead of trying to clear a "whole" car for import.
The car would probably be intended for street use so they can decide to make a rally car when they're ready. (or keep it on the street and get another for the woods ) I know some of the US i club members have Subies with the WoRX and was looking for help from people that have done it.

thanks,
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
HYDCSX400 is offline  
Old 02-07-2001, 09:12 PM   #2
CosmoTheCat
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 3409
Join Date: Jan 2001
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Woolley
Vehicle:
1998 Ram 2500
Green.

Post

Wait 1 month and pick them up at the dealership.

Yeah, I know you won't be able to get an STi version right away, but with the cost of importing/shipping/customs/whatever else gets tacked on, it would be more viable to get a US WRX and upgrade it.
CosmoTheCat is offline  
Old 02-07-2001, 09:14 PM   #3
SkToBe
Ghost Mod
Moderator
 
Member#: 1278
Join Date: Apr 2000
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Manassas, VA
Vehicle:
2001 RS
Aspen White

Post

They imported the ENGINE and swapped it out, not the entire car.
SkToBe is offline  
Old 02-07-2001, 10:44 PM   #4
ScoobyRoo
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 2167
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Daytona Beach, FL USA
Post

You know what? I was sitting at a bar on Tues. night. (please don't ask why) Trying to put togther the cosmos. So I came up with this notion. I wonder since we are getting the WRX in a few weeks, if by chance the DOT/Gov't would know the difference if I imported a earlier WRX. Hey the car is now on the national import registry and I was asking myself if the Gov't would know the difference if I, say wanted a 98-01 WRX.
ScoobyRoo is offline  
Old 02-08-2001, 01:38 PM   #5
XT6Wagon
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 524
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: WA
Vehicle:
04 STi
White

Post

Well you can avoid the crash testing if you can prove that the US model has the same basic shell as the one you are importing. this should be easy in this case, but the other crap you have to do makes just getting a front clip and the rear diff sent over to put in a US spec impreza much cheaper.
XT6Wagon is offline  
Old 02-08-2001, 01:45 PM   #6
Knightsport FD
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 4085
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: DFW,TX
Post

Actually the $90-120k is for all the cars assuming a $20k-30k price tag,but that's minus the certificate prices and the price to actually have them crashed.So it wuoldn't be much more than what I stated. And you couldn't sell the other four cars,remeber,you crash tested them.Once the modifications are known(i.e.-what needs to be done so that it is safe in a wreck)you can simply preform this task on any others you might want to bring in. Hmmmm....getting a buisness idea. Anyone like Sylvia's,how about Evo's? What about ZZ coupes?
Knightsport FD is offline  
Old 02-08-2001, 02:46 PM   #7
98mpreziveRS
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 972
Join Date: Feb 2000
Post

no..you are missing my point

You still have to post all the bonds, pay all the customs charges, pay for the shipping, etc. THEN you have to pay for the testing. This jacks it up..you will have to test the Newer STI's because that is how the Gov't works

AND when i said if you were to sell them, i was refering to the fact that IF you were to start a company that imports them

beleive me,it costs WAAAAY more than youguys think..give motorex a call..they will tell you all the minute details you need
98mpreziveRS is offline  
Old 02-08-2001, 02:52 PM   #8
Knightsport FD
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 4085
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: DFW,TX
Post

That figure WAS from MotoRex,I've had many chats with Hiro about acquiring an R33 or R34,but now I understand what you were getting at,my bad.
Knightsport FD is offline  
Old 02-09-2001, 12:30 AM   #9
98mpreziveRS
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 972
Join Date: Feb 2000
Post

the gov may be "dum" but they are not that dumb..they will know the difference..and you still won't be able to get one in...

in order to import a car you have to first buy the car, get the title, etc...get a crate shipping to the US.

Have the car shipped to a dock, Post a 2.5X value of the car Bond with the DOT, a 1X value of the car bond with EPA (IIRC it was them), pay for customs, have the car modified to meet the minimum specs..if none has been craashed before..guess what..you just voluntered.

etc. etc.

NOT feasable..i looked..so instead i bought STI v5 drivetrain (motor, tranny, ecu, wiring, gauges, etc.) and will be putting that into the RS, as well as looking for an RA or such LHD with the quicker steering ratio, swapping that in, etc...so i WILL have an STI (albeit still registered as an RS )

there are ways my young grasshopper..do research and call people in the bussiness of importing and building of rally cars..they will tell you the headaches..or ask rsquire...he has a 22B and was looking into importing it a long time ( a year or so IIRC) ago..guess what..it is still across the pond

SO..you can do it..illegally..but if you get caught, hello crusher, hello big fine.

[This message has been edited by 98mpreziveRS (edited February 08, 2001).]
98mpreziveRS is offline  
Old 02-09-2001, 12:48 AM   #10
thor
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 870
Join Date: Feb 2000
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Vehicle:
2011 STi
Spark Silver Metalic

Post


This is utter crap! Being an immigrant from Germany I have a lust for fast cars. When I'm in Germany (or in Europe in general) the cars available are incredible. But here, we get crap. Even if you have the financial means to import any car available, you cannot legally do so in many cases. For being the land of opportunity and freedom, it seems the opportunities and freedoms are regulated for you.
There, I feel better. . .
Thor

[This message has been edited by thor (edited February 08, 2001).]
thor is offline  
Old 02-09-2001, 12:49 AM   #11
Knightsport FD
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 4085
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: DFW,TX
Post

Well,to import a Skyline you have to go through all sorts of BS. So I'm assuming it will be the same. You have to buy 5 WRX's use for for crash testing and epa certifications and when it's all said and done,you will be required to make whatever changes the DOT and EPA require and after about another two-three month inspection it will be cleared and yours to drive...total cost about $80-120k to do it the LEGAL way.
Knightsport FD is offline  
Old 02-09-2001, 12:56 AM   #12
98mpreziveRS
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 972
Join Date: Feb 2000
Post

actually that 90-120K would be PER car imported if you broke it down and were selling them to make money and regain what you lost..SO your total cost for the ENITRE operation would be MUCHO MUCHO (sorry for teh all caps ) higher..not feasable if you ask me..but then again what do i know?
98mpreziveRS is offline  
 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for Help with my Volks. crya Tire & Wheel 21 04-24-2006 11:52 AM
Looking for help with Bass Guitar Bundyboyz Off-Topic 14 11-17-2005 08:45 AM
Looking for help with catback install troll Mid Atlantic Impreza Club -- MAIC 10 05-15-2004 05:13 PM
Looking for help with oil smell (long) jbhebert Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain 6 05-20-2003 04:41 PM
Looking for Help with Clutch install Friday and or Clutch alignment tool. yebokmj New England Impreza Club Forum -- NESIC 15 08-17-2001 08:59 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.