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Old 02-18-2003, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question How to export a USDM STi to Germany ?

I am one of those poor Europeans who do not get the real deal: In Germany, Subaru tries to convince us that it is a good idea to purchase a 265hp "watered down" STi (w/o DCCD) for a MSRP of approx. 39.000 USD...

I therefore consider to import the "real" STi. The Japanese model does not come into question because it's a RHD car. But the USDM STi seems to be fine.

Does anybody know a way to get a USDM STi to Germany (either from the U.S./Canada or from Japan)?

Thanks for any hints.

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Old 02-18-2003, 07:03 PM   #2
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There are at least three ways that I can think of that will work:

- buy one from a member of the US military stationed in Germany

- buy one here once they come out, and have it shipped over (~$1K, last I checked); conversion to meet TUV should be under DM2000/E1000

- have a friend here in the US buy one, put tags on it, and then ship it to Germany with US tags, where you'll be able to drive on the US tags for at least a year, and the Polizei won't screw with you
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Old 02-18-2003, 08:01 PM   #3
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I just smiled a little bit when I heard your question. Thank you!
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Old 02-18-2003, 08:36 PM   #4
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If the STi costs $39,000 euro, then you all either pay some duties or taxes that must be considered, or the exchange rate was really low when that price was figured. The taxes thing is more likely. Still, it may not be a bad deal for you since the exchange rate is quite favorable for you.
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Old 02-19-2003, 02:40 AM   #5
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You are right. The German price includes value added tax (16%).


I would like to purchase a USDM or Canadian STi as soon as it is available and then have it shipped to Germany.

I would like to avoid paying U.S. sales tax and/or U.S. import duties because I will be required to pay German value added tax and German import duties when the car arrives in Germany. I do not want to pay twice. I could also imagine to export the car from Canada or even directly from Japan.

Do you know a reliable U.S., Canadian or Japanese dealer who is familiar with car exports to Europe?


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Old 02-19-2003, 04:32 AM   #6
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Germans also incl. 15% Subaru Deutschland markup. Dollar is sucking tailpipe now, compared to Euro. I suggest either taking a trip to the US, or having someone buy & ship it. If you're affiliated with the US Govt., you don't have to pay taxes as far as I know. It dosen't seem 'watered down' to me. I get the wheels spinnin' in 1st gear just with roll-on and easily drift around corners. I'm happy as a pig in scheisse with mine
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Old 02-19-2003, 05:15 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, I am not affiliated with the Government. I could imagine that it is nevertheless possible to avoid U.S. customs/taxes if you immediately export a car after its purchase.

It would not be a problem to fly to the U.S. But I do not have the time to purchase a car and then drive it to a port, organize the transfer to Germany etc.

I wonder whether there is a dealer who has experience with shipping cars to Europe (incl. duties, insurance, port fees etc.).

See for example: http://www.japanvehicles.com/newcars...model/main.htm


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