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#89328 31-Aug-2011 07:18
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Wondering if anyone has any experience importing a car from the UK or anywhere really.

Currently visiting family in the UK and my Grandad can no longer drive so have been given his car.

Its a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa, Manual 1200cc. It only has 30,000 miles on it and it has hardly been used. In great condition - been serviced every year although bearly driven 1000 miles a year since it has been bought.

Initially we were going to sell it but it is only worth around £1000 yet it has another 10-15 years of driving left in it.

If we can bring it over for under <$4000 we think it will be worth it to use in New Zealand as it is a great little car.

Have been doing plenty of googling but their is not a lot of info around and most of it is out of date.

A big concern for us is that we haven't owned the car for more than a few weeks so will we be hit with import taxes when going through customs?

As far as i can tell the costs invloved are:
-getting car shipped to NZ
-get MAF inspection at port
-get car registered and VINed

Now i understand the car must comply to some NZ requierments, i think emissions and front air bags are things i need to check out.

Is their any other costs i have misssed? anything else i need to consider when importing the car?


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  #514180 31-Aug-2011 07:33
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A 10 year old, 1200cc Vauxhall for $4000? Seriously, if you saw that for sale in NZ would you actually be interested? ...just posing the question as i wonder if it's worth it.

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  #514211 31-Aug-2011 08:55
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Other thing is maintenance, can you source parts for it cheap enough in NZ ? Theyre probably available but at an inflated price if its not a common vehicle.

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  #514239 31-Aug-2011 09:33
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Yeah not worth it. Better off taking the cash from selling it there and buying something else here. Will be cheaper.
Also as above with parts. Will be hard ot get here and not worth the hassle.
It costs $4000 to ship a car from here to oz....

As far as vinning etc goes, in January the rules change and anything pre 2005 is no go so you will need to move very fast if you do go ahead.

In conclusion, personally I think you are mad if you do it.

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  #514252 31-Aug-2011 09:51
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What about something of a higher value say a 2008 Audi S4 Avant or similar? BMW 335i Touring?

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  #514254 31-Aug-2011 09:53
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All depends on the costs.
For the cost of the car and shipping etc, can you buy one here?
If not, then it's worth it.

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  #514265 31-Aug-2011 10:09
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How much will it cost you to get back here? (add about $2000)
You'll pay GST on its value. ( $???)
You will have to pay compliance costs. ( $???)
Reg and Vin ( $???)


What would it be worth here as an orphan model (speedo in miles as well) that may have been driven on salted roads?


Take all the above money and add 1000quid

...and then theres all the hassle to go thru all this. Whats that worth to you?

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  #515089 1-Sep-2011 14:34
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The short answer is forget it.

Id be very surprised if it passed the latest emissions tests for a start and you will also have to pay tax and gst on the purchase cost and the shipping when its here. Not to mention customs fees, MAF fees and a whole load of other fees.

If it was a newer car with a much higher value then by all means look into it, but to be brutal its a 2002 Corsa and therefore worth almost nothing in NZ.

Pocket the grand and buy something when you get back here. You can get a seriously good Ford Focus of that age for under 5k these days.

[e] I should point out, I brought my BMW over when we came back in 2004 and know lots of people who have done this so I have some experience in this :)



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  #517403 6-Sep-2011 11:30
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Thanks for your help guys.

After your input i will sell the car before i leave. A much more sensible option than trying to import it.

Cheers for your help :)

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#517406 6-Sep-2011 11:32
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jbard: Thanks for your help guys.

After your input i will sell the car before i leave. A much more sensible option than trying to import it.

Cheers for your help :)

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