Importing Your Car into Australia
Importing your UK car ?
It won’t just be the cost of shipping……. Don’t forget to check out the cost’s you will incur at this end as well.
- Import Duty
- Cleaning Costs
- Safety Checks
- Conversion costs – speedometer being one example.
It can work out quite expensive, and there is a LOT of paperwork involved. Here are a couple of government links to look at:.
- www.border.gov.au – importing a motor vehicle.
- Road Transport & Vehicles Legislation – Federal Government: Department of Transport & Regional Services.
and of course… does your car have air conditioning ? If not, depending on the area you move to, you may almost certainly have to get it installed, for your own comfort. I couldn’t live without air con in a car, to me it is much more important than air con in the house.
HFC Air conditioning may need to be degassed before shipping.
CFC Air Conditioning must be permanently disabled prior to shipment, as it is illegal to import into Australia.
Is your car capable of having it installed in this country ? and at what cost ? Some models of cars are on one of two government lists:
Table of Eligible Vehicle Models for SEVS rvcs-prodweb.dot.gov/eligible
Table of Not Eligible Vehicle Models for SEVS rvcs-prodweb.dot.gov/not-eligible
It may be worth checking these lists before anything else. I am not sure if anything can be done about vehicles on the Not Eligible list.
Here’s another possible useful link:
- Austrade – Vehicle shipping pages
- Karman Shipping – UK Based Car Shipping Agents, this site has a calculator to help work out overall costs.
Karman Shipping Ltd, originally established in 1984 by Richard Korge, is a car shipping and forwarding agent specialising in the shipment of motor vehicles from the UK to Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.
Their offices are located in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.