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Thread: I am looking into importing a Corrado

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    Not as inconvenient as you might think. Load the car into the shipping container then take the wheels off and package around the car very very carefully. Have it on blocks and chained down by the axles with everything padded. A copy of ownership papers must be kept in the car. Box the wheels separately and take the shipping container to the docks on a truck and have it loaded on a ship. Post the box of wheels. Make sure the shipping container is locked with a padlock and be there when they are checking it when it arrives. I have had brakes, fenders and a supercharger stolen by inspectors. Import tax on parts is a lot cheaper than for vehicles as well. Then have a truck take the shipping container back to your garage, put the wheels and steering wheel back on and drive it out. Should be able to get one here for about $4500. It has been a few years since then but it shouldn't have changed much. I used to manage a warehouse in sydney and had my drivers do the driving but organising it privately would be no different.
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    is compliancing all done here? dont you need to show them the permission to import statement?
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    Not sure about that. The professional that checked the job on my mates right hand drive conversion on the mustang complied it too I think. It was registered when he sold it. The stingray is still left hand drive and it gets day permission to go to summer nats but isn't registered otherwise. I don't know if it is even complied at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hokenmk3 View Post
    I realise this is an oldish thread but I have a mate who imports Stingrays and Mustangs from the US and he gets by his problems by taking the wheels and steering wheel off the car, packaging them separately and importing the car and wheels separately, both as spare parts. Apparently the rules for importing parts are no where near as restrictive.
    How is he registering them?
    The law has changed a lot and it is my understanding that if you import parts, they cannot be registered as they have no import documents.
    Maybe its allowed for 1970s muscle cars, but nothing as new as we want, particularly in NSW.
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    Loon is correct, if he is importing cars in such a way he would NEVER be able to get them registered. You MUST have import approval for the chassis number to be entered on the national database (NEVDIS i think its called). If the chassis number doesnt appear on NEVDIS the car will never be able to be registered anywhere in Australia.
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    Did you ever get the corrado?

    I was looking at importing one, but I needed to own it for a year first. Wish I hadn't sold mine in the UK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLfMan View Post
    yup jap cars are all RHD and mostly low km's cos they turn then over quick
    You will find both in Japan RHD & LHD... did alot of research years ago & a mate who's an engineer put an application thru for me to CAnberra to import them....Decided that although i love the look of them & sitting in a couple & driving a VR6 & a G60(also going for a ride in a supercharged Vr6) i'm More in love with my Mk2 GTi's/16V...Much more room more practical & easier to repair if you bend one...

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    damn, just noticed the age of this thread. was going to put you in touch with a mate of mine who I was in discussions with to import a Corrado (he runs a company called AVICCO, they are looking at getting the new Scirocco in)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLfMan View Post
    yup jap cars are all RHD and mostly low km's cos they turn then over quick
    They have LHD cars ,some of the few corrado's imported to NZ where LHD and used as parts cars,one just finished will be ripping up the race tracks down south soon.
    Dealer myth about Jap cars not doing many kms,considering there small land mass they do there share of driving,not like Oz or NZ but more than most people think.
    Consumers are more wise here now on imports,odometer checked cars are coming in now after NZ Govt rule changes,the Japs face stiff penalties for tampering ,not like the good old days (for them)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watercooled View Post
    They have LHD cars ,some of the few corrado's imported to NZ where LHD and used as parts cars,one just finished will be ripping up the race tracks down south soon.
    Dealer myth about Jap cars not doing many kms,considering there small land mass they do there share of driving,not like Oz or NZ but more than most people think.
    Consumers are more wise here now on imports,odometer checked cars are coming in now after NZ Govt rule changes,the Japs face stiff penalties for tampering ,not like the good old days (for them)
    Yes in the good old days almost all Jap imports to NZ had 60,000k plus a few on them as we were told they sell them because of the 60,000k warrant check.
    I had several of them and they had certainly done more than that. The second last one I bought had 58,000k on it, looked nice drove good.

    BUT when I took the glovebox out to fit wiring for an RT I found a 4 year old logbook page with 71,000k beside the entries.

    Had it translated from Japanese and it proved to be a Commercial travellers car so had probably done a lot more in the ensuing years.
    Later the diesel motor cooked itself after having only 110lb pressure in each cylinder.

    Bought a really good one out of a rollover with only 1500km on it Had 425lb in each cylinder LOL Motor cost $1800 in 1995.

    Has been cleaned up since then but the dealers made a meal out of it buying cars for $600 plus about $3000 to import and compliance them and selling for up to $14,000 in 1990 for an ST 150 Toyota Corona.

    However they stuffed the secondhand car market over there because dealers could import them for less than what sellers wanted for a trade in.

    I sold an ST 170 Corona 5 door liftback with electric everything for $3500 when I left in 2002. Was lucky to get that.

    Incidentally a Toyota odo could be clocked with two small screwdrivers in less than 20 mins and you couldn't tell LOL

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