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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:21 pm 
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i no a guy who has imported a 180sx from japan with all the goodies.
he says his had the car for 2 months now but he has not registerd it or even takin full ownership of the car.
no i am wondering if anyone knows if theres anything you have to do when buying a imported car??? like engineering certificate???
or is there anything to do before buying it to make sure the car was bought and imported 100% legit.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:24 pm 
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Yeah they have to go through compliance.
New seatbelts, new wipers, side intrusion bars fitted, child seat anchor point if its registered as a 5 seater and of course a general roadworthy check. Some other little niggly bits too depending on the model.
They then get a new VIN and a green compliance plate.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:28 pm 
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thats more then i thought, how much do you think it would cost, ive herd of people going through hell and back because of compliance

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:45 pm 
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Cause the car has to be in dead stock condition during inspection as part of the compliance process. So many people have been caught out like that its not funny.
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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:26 pm 
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I thought the compliancing was always into the thousands. But you buy the cars dirt cheap and still save a bit of $$$.
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:38 am 
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Funny thing is. Second hand complied jap cars are almost always cheaper than the locally delivered versions.
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:12 am 
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xcabbi wrote:
Funny thing is. Second hand complied jap cars are almost always cheaper than the locally delivered versions.

At least you have a chance of chasing a locally delivered versions history.
Thatd be the main reason for extra cost in my opinion.
I'd rather a car that I can see the service history then one where some crazy japanese dude used it to deliver tofu.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:23 am 
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If I was in the market for an import I"d be throwing big money at it anyway. who cares if the mechanicals are shagged. As long as the cops aren't gunna come knocking on my door cause of our tofu friend then its all good.
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:36 pm 
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Go abnd have a look on the Autospeed website,one of the current articles they have imported a soft top version of the Toyota Paceo, and they outline with pictures it getting compliance. Good read. You probably will need membership to read it or the google trick.

 

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