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Old 07-12-2007, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default Moving to Europe - STI ?

I am moving to europe (belgium) in september and i need to know what it takes to ship a car there and make it 'road legal'. I'm an EU citizen and the car is completely paid off.
Since i live there and I don't want to sell my car, I'm researching all that it takes to take it from here (Jacksonville FL) to Belgium
I'm familiar with the shipping, and how much it'll cost (roughly $1400-2000) but what's next? is there an import tax? Do i have to make it 'road legal' for european standards? etc...
I'm trying to find a contact number for SOA, but no luck, I've read alot of people getting in touch with SOA, is there a generic number you guys might be willing to share??
Any information will be MUCH appreciated!!
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:32 AM   #2
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Why bother? Euro spec Subies are better.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:15 AM   #3
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Typically you do have to pay import tax.

You also have to make sure the car meets european specs. With an STi, that most likely means only changing the headlighs to E-spec lights and adding a rear fog light. There might be a couple other things.

Really, you need to check the countries import laws. The embassy might be able to help, or at least point you in the right direction.

SoA isn't going to be able to tell you crap because they only care about US standards.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:50 PM   #4
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Sorry I can't be of any help, I"m military so they just kicked the tires and made sure the car didn't collapse.

That and make me take the tint off my front windows, [email protected]
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
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Its not as bad as bringing a EDM car to the states. Youre going to pay the import tax for Belgium, probably customs fees as well. One good thing is USDM cars have more stringent emissions regulations so you shouldnt have to make hardly any mechanical changes. Get some aspirin for your headache. You should be able to research it online.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:34 AM   #6
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Belgium is really liberal when it comes to cars. Germany would give you a real problem with TUV inspection. I wouldn't be suprised if it is a lot eaier than you think
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:32 PM   #7
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Euh Belguim is real **** for car's when you buy a new STI you must pay 5000 euro to the state to put your car on the road and every year there you must pay over the 300 euro taks
And when your car is older than 4 years you must go every year to a controle , and when I am going to the control I must take my weels and my exhaust off it's not legal in belguim
ps in what region of Belguim you move ?
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:56 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by D-Boy View Post
One good thing is USDM cars have more stringent emissions regulations
Should be the other way round
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:59 PM   #9
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Typically not a problem since they are sold all over Europe, what country specifically?
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