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Old Today, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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After buying my used BMW here in the states I looked at similar cars in the UK just for fun. I was amazed that comparable cars I was looking at were both lower in price and mileage than what was on craigslist/cargurus here. I assume they had their MOT already so there is that advantage too.

Not sure if it applies to the OP but warranties and their geographic limits, if any, should also be considered.

Also like the fact that there is more variety in Europe so diesels, wagons, hatchbacks and manual transmissions will be more widely available.
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Old Today, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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It has to meet EU standards. If Swedish standards are higher, it must meet those. Getting the car registered may be a problem, for other reasons as well and there could also be tax issues. Better to do your research first, before you ship it.
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Old Today, 11:03 AM
 
Location: New Jersey (EU Sep 2019)
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It has to meet EU standards. If Swedish standards are higher, it must meet those. Getting the car registered may be a problem, for other reasons as well and there could also be tax issues. Better to do your research first, before you ship it.
Where can I find that out? Hard to find anything online.
Thanks for your help.
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Old Today, 11:15 AM
 
Location: New Jersey (EU Sep 2019)
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If moving permanently, then it is worth it.
Yes I am
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Old Today, 04:16 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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As someone who has done this several times the questions you really need to be asking is this:

- How long are you planning to stay? If for 6-12 months, depending on country, you could leave it on your US plates. Buy local insurance.
- How new is the car? Some countries will let you import the car if it is a certain number of years old. Any newer and they prevent it.
- How much will it cost to ship it? Including insurance? I've shipped cars for less than $3k each way so much cheaper than selling and buying.
- If you ship and transfer the plates, how much will it cost in vehicle tax per year? How big is the engine? Nordic countries have extremely high automobile taxes, higher for engines over 2L or so. In addition, buying something new, on local plates, can be extremely expensive.
- If you ship and transfer plates, how much will it cost to insure locally?

Check these out and your decision should be straight forward.
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