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    I am living in the US at the moment and want to know what the deal is with bringing cars back from the US. i did hear that a few years back that the government stopped people from bringing modified vehicles back and thay have to be original.
    The reason I ask is I come accross this today at a local monthly carpark car show they have here 512Dart I reckon I will be able to get it for 10k, give it a matt black mopar bonnet and rear strips and it will be sweet

    completely street legal here, so I would use it as a work hack daily until I leave and want to know if it would be worth bringing it home to WA. This year didnt come with a BB 440 but the 68 did, just wondering if I could bluff my way through it and pretend its a factory option 440.....are they that stupid? I suppose mini tubbed will be a dead give away some mods have been done.

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    Good luck importing it now you have posted this on an open forum. These bodies spend time checking these things out. You have tagged the car you wish to import anyd asked if they are that stupid etc..... Don't like your chances.

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    Sounds too hard anyway

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    i just found this it mite help you more with what you need for wa
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    Cheers 355, seems llike a mine field of regulations maybe I should just put the cash to this and enjoy it when I get home

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    or this ..... was there today for sale as well but a bit more coin nice car and except fot the bling in teh engine bay its standard20121201_073519 (800x600).jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by HQ383 View Post
    Cheers 355, seems llike a mine field of regulations maybe I should just put the cash to this and enjoy it when I get home

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    no problem man it seems a huge head ache to me but if you're seriously keen to do it try an contact an automotive import broker
    an they should be able to tell you the easiest way of doing it

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    they are stupid but they are also very greedy

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    If you're living in the US and you own the car for more than 12 months I think there are different rules for bringing it back. I don't think it will help you get around the modification rules but you may save some money on GST and duty.

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    A friend of mine just brought in a highly modded car from the states. he didn't have a problem at all. his is a camaro with a 572 in it tubbs cage the works. It all depends on who you get to inport you car I think and declaring it all and paying all the costs that are involved is the key........ don't try and cheap out on it. If you like I can find out who he used to bring it in and have a talk to the guy yourself. Don't listen to all the horror stories as most of them haven't inported a car them selves

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    That would be great if you could find out who he used, I may only be here for another 10 months so just short the 12 months. If it works out i can get this thing and flog it for a bit before i leave, then bring it home for another toy....I am missing my cars back home...been buying heap of parts for all the jobs I have been dreaming up while over here but that doesnt cut it when you cannot get your hands on them.

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    Give Matt or Sheri from High Performance Car and Muscle Car Locator - HOME a call, I imported a car through them this year and it was pretty easy. Mine was pretty much stock but they do modified stuff as well so far as I'm aware

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    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I have the info. Had a talk to my friend and he said that he was a little lucky to get his car in as it had tubs. me guy that in-ported it said that cars that have any chassis change should not pass. but as he had pre approval they passed it. One other thing no motor parts to be seen out of the bonnet. and one other thing it needed to have door trims. the car needs to standardish form the side. I hope you can follow me with that. So going by that your dart should be a breeze. This guy also has a showroom in the states and regularly visits the states. He likes to see the car first and the most important thing PRE APPROVAL before any money is exchanges hands to the last owner. Once you have that there is no problem in getting it in. Some other things you need to provide is pictures or the add the car was sold with. They like to have that to prove how much you payed and for GST costs you will incurs in oz. But this Guy will explain that all to you. The best was to contact him is thought his Mobile. My mate bought a $35000 car and landed in oz he was out of pocket another $12000 that was gst fees shipping the works.


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    It's funny I reckon it is relatively easy bringing cars in, just depends on what state really, and who you got importing the car for you. So many people doing it in Aus. I just came back from LA in September and there were some really cheap cars. Plus there were another couple of cashed up Aussies looking to buy investments to bring back. Obviously the highly modified I would have to convert to right hand and engineer here in SA, but there was one sweet 66 Pontiac GTO all original, would of been no hassle getting it in and registering it. Purchase price was $28000 obo US. Throw in your freight for about $4000 and then add GST on top. These guys check the titles too to make sure they are clear else they are not leaving the US. Need a contact PM me.

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