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Old 03-27-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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I live in a city with a NATO Air Force training base, so there are a lot of Europeans here and I see quite a few non-US cars running around here. I don't know if they're bringing them over on some sort of temporary agreement or what. Just yesterday I saw a Seat minivan and I used to see a Smart car running around here a couple years before it was even announced they were going to sell them here.
Yep; just like U.S. military members are allowed to import their own cars during an assignment to a NATO base overseas. Of course, they must either return the vehicle to the U.S. or sell it to another U.S. military member or contractor upon reassignment to the states.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Has anyone here ever imported a car to the United States from Europe and registered it here with a regular tag?

Documents (purchasing contract, proof of ownership, etc.) would be all in German
Since the '80s, when Mercedes complained about grey market imports and got the practice stopped in the US, it's become a MAJOR headache to import a non-US spec car under 25 years old, even as a "special use" vehcile only used for parades and shows (race cars only used on a track are easy, but if you get caught turning it into a street car, they WILL impound it, as many peopel have found).
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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import one of these beasts

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Old 03-29-2011, 03:32 AM
 
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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What are you looking to import? Like others pointed out if the vehicle isn't a "classic" (25+ years old) it is a real PITA and costs a significant amount of money to make the car legal in the U.S. For the most part it's simply not worth it.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:02 PM
 
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In 2009, I shipped my US spec'd 2000 Merc E320 to Germany. I got involved in a head-on collision that totaled the car - not my fault, not injured. I replaced this car with a German spec'd Merc 2003 E320 - beautiful car. Any chance that I could import/ship this car back into the US and register it for street use?
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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In 2009, I shipped my US spec'd 2000 Merc E320 to Germany. I got involved in a head-on collision that totaled the car - not my fault, not injured. I replaced this car with a German spec'd Merc 2003 E320 - beautiful car. Any chance that I could import/ship this car back into the US and register it for street use?
Not until 2029 - the US has a 25 year rule on non US spec vehicles.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:41 PM
 
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As robr2 stated, you will have to wait. However, you need to have the vehicle inspected by a manufactures rep (or authorized USCBP third party) who can advise you if that vehicle also meets US specifications or what will it take to bring it into compliance.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:45 PM
 
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Much easier if it's 25+ years old.
There are a handful of Sierra Cosworths in the USA.
If I were really rich I'd go get an RS500 and bring it back.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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Not until 2029 - the US has a 25 year rule on non US spec vehicles.
Thanks robr2. This is a shame because I was going to bring back my US spec'd 2000 merc E20 but it was totaled out. I will have to find a similar used US spec'd merc in the US. But, it will be a minor miracle if I can find one as good as the we found in Germany. It was owned by an older gentleman that never drove it during the winter months in Germany, kept it in a heated garage with 115,000 kilometers - a cream puff. My German son-in-law found it.
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