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RE: RE: Swiss ur-quattros
Please go look at the above website. It will be illuminating, to say the
I'm not trying to be a spoil sport. But think about it. You buy this
$15,000 Ur-Q. $2,000 (ish) to import it. Immediately get hit with duties,
fines, impound fees, etc, 'cause some 'car buff' told you this was possible.
Now this $15,000 Ur-Q is approaching $20,000. They hold the car for 6
months, and tell you to export it back to Switzerland. Kaching, $2,000 for
more shipping. You now pay $22,000 for your $15,000 Ur-q. $22,000 wil buy
you the bitchenist 1985 US spec Ur-Q you ever say (with enough left over to
fly Lufthansa first class, drinking Bernkastler-Dokter Auslesse all the way)
to visit your 1988 Euro Ur-Q.
Please be careful,
> From: Lewis, Gary M
> Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 1998 6:11 PM
> To: 'email@example.com'
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: RE: Swiss ur-quattros
> Stan Says:
> I have a friend with a Canadian Mazda, with metric gagues. So much
> for that.
> Be careful with these judgements. They can get you into very hot water.
> For example, Canadian vehicles have (as a _very_ general rule) an
> I just recently checked with the CA DMV (their web page is down
> currently, but try www.dmv.ca.gov) and read all the forms and
> requirements for registering an out-of-country car and have not
> anything about a registered importer. At least not in CA.
> Registration is a far cry from _importing_ onto US soil. First things
> first. The US Gov't comes first.
> Here in the Valley I see quite often cars with German or Swedish
> license plates. (frequently = once a week). I was also told by some
> local car buffs that if you get a car pass CA smog cert that you are
> pretty much set. It's just that you absolutely need the cat
> to pass CA emissions. You will also have to change the side markers
> (orange to the side, not white to the front) plus pay an extra fee
> for pollution ($300), but that's it.
> There are an armload full of reasons why the cars you see are here. There
> is a 'similar to' list that states that all the cars on said list can be
> imported with few or no modifications, as they were sold abroad in US
> similar form. The Ur-Q ain't on there.
> But then again, I've never done it, that's why I am posting here.
> Also I don't want to make any money off it, I just want (as a Swiss
> citizen) to bring a car which is registered under my name in
> Switzerland over here. Others have done it before, I am sure.
> You just said the magic words. Referencing again form HS7(let me make
> this real clear: no form, no importation), look at box # 5. It says:
> "...I am eligible to import it because:
> a. I am a nonresident of the US and the vehicle is registered in a country
> other than the US.;
> b. I am temporarily importing the vehicle for personal use for a period
> not to exceed one year, and will not sell it;
> c. I will export it not later than 1 year after entry..."
> Passport # required.
> Good Luck