actual cost of importing

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Hi guys, its getting closer to the day where i can actually look at importing a galant or legie.

Im just wondering about how much it has ended up costing you guys that have already done it. I keep seeing really nice examples pop up with estimated landing and complied prices under 20k but im just concerned with what can go wrong and if there are any hidden costs i should be aware of. Still a bit unsure and nervous about the whole import process as i have never imported a car before.

Cheers,
Leigh
 

BuzzPuppy

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Gavin
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レグナム Super VR-4
That's just landed.

Extras I had to look out for to get it rego'd and roadworthied.

Front brakes: $780 (replaced with DBA 4000 series slotted rotors however and new pads for RWC. Everything else passed)
Roadworthy Certificate: $70
Repairs to the body/colour coding: $400 (broker chipped in significantly to the rest!)
Immobiliser/Alarm: $650
30 days' temporary permit (with VicRoads): $65.00
Registration + Stamp Duty on $10,000 + Transfer of old plates to this car: $1187.00
Insurance: $105 for the first month with Shannon's
Tint front windows with "Tint Professor": $120

So all up, an extra $3,300-ish to get it on the road, which is what I'd budgeted for. Don't forget the first service (check/change all fluids) to make sure everything's cool.

But the again, in the grand scheme of things the Super VR-4 cost me about $17,000 the way I wanted it. The stereo is another job I need to complete ;)
 
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Thanks Buzz,

Thats exactly what i was after, 17k for such a sweet ride like yours is great. Im just falling in love with these cars and after seeing Paul's purple galant im sold :)

Edit: Just realised this is in the wrong section, sorry guys. Can a mod move to general discussion please
 

LEG_IT

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Sam
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2000 Legnum Type-S Black Manual
I would say to allow somewhere from $15,000 to $20,000 for all on road costs. Obviously each car is a different situation, but this a rough estimate for the average VR4. Prices increase for the likes of facelifts, recaro seats, super VR4, momo wheel etc... and another killer is the colour, some can be pushed very high when they are red, blue or green.
 

hawks

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NSW
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Mark
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Sold my 1998 Legnum VR4 Type S
The old saying 'If you can't afford to own it, you can't afford to buy it' is very true about most imports, so allow a bit more in your budget than you think.
 
G

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Great, just what we needed - another Leigh! :p

My additional costs have been quite low:

$1k - registration for a year
$400 - immobiliser
$1.2k - insurance for a year
$360 - service

The only other costs I've had are non-essential extras. When I went through, I made sure I had at least an extra $5k to cover onroad costs + any issues that could have arisen. So far so lucky (except for needing a new battery) and now I'm able to start buying the fun stuff. :D

Leigh
 
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$950 Rego for a year
$450 Alternator (rebuilt)
$812 Stamp duty
$130 Battery
And hopefully the insurance will cover all my costs for my cracked bumper dented hood. Which is a absoloute prick to get quotes on.

Cory
 

snickells

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I got stung with a broken auto and its costing me $2100 just for the repair, but all in all its still a f#*king cheep car for what your getting.

Don't be to afraid of importing either, whats the worst that can happen? :rolleyes:
 

BuzzPuppy

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Even if the boat sinks, maritime insurance covers it doesn't it? (unless of course, they charge you for the salvage operation!)
 
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Welcome Leigh. Join the brotherhood of aussiemagna converts :p
 

Rasi

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Qld
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Mike
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2001 Nissan Elgrand - Previously the "best" factory optioned 2000 Legnum (manual, suade recaros)hehe
Who are close on the heels of the skylineSAUstralia converts. We are just after the extra boot space whith better looks than the Stagea.
 

gilly

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Location
SA
First Name
Simon
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2000 Legnum VR4 Type S
FOB + bank charges + customs + inland transport 4/07/2007 $5,531.86
Freight and customs charges 9/08/2007 $3,345.00
Iron Chef's Service Fee 12/09/2007 $700.00
Compliance 26/10/2007 $2,866.00
Temporary 3 day permit 5/11/2007 $46.00
Half Tank of Fuel 5/11/2007 $40.01
Century Battery 6/11/2007 $150.01
Brass Battery Terminals 6/11/2007 $19.98
Battery Clamp 8/11/2007 $4.99
Temporary Day Permit 12/11/2007 $31.00
VIN stamping 12/11/2007 $50.00
6 months rego and stamp duty 12/11/2007 $757.00
ID Check and inspection 12/11/2007 $45.00


TOTAL COST: $13,587

Thats my list of total costs to get it on road. It still needs a full service, auto trans flush and trans cooler fitted, alarm, and some minor repairs to the fibreglass front bar.
 

J-B

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South Australia
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Jarrad
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EVO VII GSR
FOB + bank charges + customs + inland transport 4/07/2007 $5,531.86
Freight and customs charges 9/08/2007 $3,345.00
Iron Chef's Service Fee 12/09/2007 $700.00
Compliance 26/10/2007 $2,866.00
Temporary 3 day permit 5/11/2007 $46.00
Half Tank of Fuel 5/11/2007 $40.01
Century Battery 6/11/2007 $150.01
Brass Battery Terminals 6/11/2007 $19.98
Battery Clamp 8/11/2007 $4.99
Temporary Day Permit 12/11/2007 $31.00
VIN stamping 12/11/2007 $50.00
6 months rego and stamp duty 12/11/2007 $757.00
ID Check and inspection 12/11/2007 $45.00


TOTAL COST: $13,587

Thats my list of total costs to get it on road. It still needs a full service, auto trans flush and trans cooler fitted, alarm, and some minor repairs to the fibreglass front bar.

Just noticed you are missing insurance :)
 

Sydo

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Victoria
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Andy
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Me Crazy
J-Spec Service Fee Service Fee - $1000.00
FOB + bank charges + customs + inland transport - $5,930.23
Freight and customs charges - $3,295.26
Compliance - $3,629.64
Custom Number Plates - $495.00
Cartage from Brisbane to Melbourne $198.00
Temporary 14 day permit - $49.50
Roadworthy Inspection - $77.00
12 months rego and stamp duty - $919.65



TOTAL COST: $15,594.28
(and worth every freakin cent!)

My compliance charge seems a lot higher than most.. Not sure why. Plus the cartage charge from Brisbane to Melbourne was unexpected.
 

gilly

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SA
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Simon
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2000 Legnum VR4 Type S
Just noticed you are missing insurance :)

Insurance is missing because I dont have insurance yet. Am organising this tonight/tomorrow morning, Shannons have been screwing me over.
 
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