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  1. #11
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    Feb 2009


    Quote Originally Posted by coffee break View Post
    There are some cars for sale that are not in the states. What type of documentation is required to get a car in for road use? Other requirements or bonds?

    Start with post #13 on this link for a practical overview.

    Detailed information is here

    Key things to keep in mind:
    - over 25 year old cars are fairly easy to import if they are essentially standard
    - modified over 25 year old cars get problematic based on level of modifications made
    - Think about foreign titles/registration/documentation proof - you are likely to need it for state registration. You can import on a bill of sale.
    - If you do not have foreign title then you get into bonded title - I have done a few of those - fairly straight forward. Some states do not have bonded title for foreign imports without title - research if yours is included in this group.
    - Emissions may be an issue if the car was not sold here originally - research your requirements in advance. At least you are not CA which is difficult for emissions on nearly all foreign imports.
    - If under 25 years old car - easier to forget about it as Federalization is a pain and not worth putting yourself through it.

    If you need recommended import co.s then I have two - one high end and the other good middle of the road.
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Roswell GA


    Thx Croc
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    1995 Caterham Crossflow RHD
    1990 Miata
    2007 GMC Sierra WT
    2013 Mini (Her's)
    2014 Outback

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